Marion boys split two league games

Jack Schneider draws a foul early in the first quarter at Bennington. He made one of two free throws, and scored nine points in Marion?s 63-45 loss.After a win over Remington earlier in the week, the Marion boys lost to Bennington to move to 4-2 in Heart of America league play, 7-9 overall.

Bennington?Marion got off to a slow start in a 63-45 loss Friday.

The Warriors went 2-for-6 from the field in the opening quarter. Jack Schneider made a free-throw to start the game, and Evann Heidebrecht scored the Warriors? first basket at the 4:12 mark. Peyton Heidebrecht added a second basket with 31 seconds left in the period. Marion trailed, 18-5, by the end of it.

Schneider and Nicholas Stuchlik scored in succession to start the second quarter, and the teams traded scores. Bennington extended its lead with a 9-0 run to end the half for a 35-15 advantage at halftime.

Marion played Bennington evenly through the third quarter. Schneider and Evann Heidebrecht each scored six points for the Warriors, bringing the margin to 49-29 at the final break.

The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs in the final period, aided by four three-point baskets by Mason Pedersen, but the deficit was too large to overcome. Marion trailed by 18 when the final buzzer sounded.

?We can be successful if we play the way that suits us best, and we got away from how it suits us best in the first half, and we kind of got back to that a little bit more (in the second half),? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?We were a little more relaxed. We got the ball moving a little bit more.?

The number of second-chance points scored by Bennington was a deciding factor in the game, McMillin said.

?(The Bulldogs) were all over the boards, and if they didn?t score on a putback, then they got fouled and they hit free throws on the putback,? McMillin said. ?It was disappointing. I thought we kind of turned a corner in the toughness area, but we didn?t.?

Pedersen led all scorers with 18 points. Evann Heidebrecht added 12.

Remington?A solid first half of offense carried the Marion boys to a 62-57 victory Tuesday.

Marion shot around 56 percent from the field in the first two quarters (15-27) and benefitted from a 22-6 second quarter.

?I really felt like (the first half) was the first extended period of time that we, as a group, played the way that we?ve been telling them we need to play to be successful,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?They started to understand that in practices, and then they started to actually do it consistently in the game.?

The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle. Nicholas Stuchlik and Jack Schneider each contributed five points in the period, which ended with Marion clinging to a 16-15 lead.

Marion outscored Remington 18-2 over the first 6:28 of the second quarter. The Warriors scored 10 unanswered points before the Broncos made a basket. Zachary Stuchlik and Mason Pedersen sandwiched a Nicholas Stuchlik basket with a pair of threes, giving Marion a 34-17 margin.

Remington made three of its 12 attempts in the second quarter, two of which came in the final 1:09. Marion led, 38-21, at halftime.

The Broncos went on an 8-0 run after intermission to trim the margin to single digits before Nicholas Stuchlik scored on a traditional three-point play. The teams traded scores, giving Marion a 50-39 lead heading into the final quarter.

Nicholas Stuchlik made Marion?s only basket of the fourth quarter 14 seconds in, then Reming?ton went on another 8-0 run to cut the lead to five. Marion held on to win by making 10 of 16 free throws in the final 3:48.

?We rebounded really well, so we weren?t giving them any momentum at all,? McMillin said. ?We were cutting them off after one shot. If they don?t have that momentum, they?re playing with less of a bounce in their step on defense, and we moved the ball real well offensively.?

Schneider led the Warriors with 16 points. Nicholas Stuchlik and Pedersen each added 13.

Coming?Marion (7-9) was to host Moundridge Tuesday. The Warriors will host Ell-Saline Friday for homecoming.

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