Marion falls to top ranked Inman

Evann Heidebrecht shoots for two during the second half with Inman Friday. Heidebrecht scored five points in Marion’s 59-50 loss. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Evann Heidebrecht shoots for two during the second half with Inman Friday. Heidebrecht scored five points in Marion’s 59-50 loss. Janae Rempel / Free Press
The Marion boys’ basketball team faced the first of three consecutive state-ranked opponents Friday, ringing in the New Year by hosting Inman, the top-ranked team in Class 2A.

Despite a fourth-quarter rally in which the Warriors scored half of their points, Marion suffered a 59-50 defeat to the unbeaten Teutons.

When Warrior shots refused to fall, Inman enjoyed a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and increased its margin to 25-16 at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Teutons had built a double-digit, 38-25 advantage.

The Warriors made a furious attempt at a fourth-quarter rally, scoring 25 points to double their production in the first three quarters combined. Fueled by three three-pointers from Sam Zinn, who scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the final quarter, the Warriors made up some ground by outscoring Inman, 25-21, but lost by nine in the end.

Zinn led all scorers with 30 points and was the only Warrior to score in double digits. Meanwhile, Inman’s Mason Thiessen led the Teutons with 18 points.

“We need more balanced scoring,” coach Terry Edwards said. “The first quarter it was kind of rough shooting the ball. … I give (Inman) credit. Their defense was good, but we had open looks and they didn’t go in. It kind of looked like we were just coming off the first game from Christmas break.”

Coming—Marion (0-2, 4-4) will continue to run the gauntlet of state-ranked teams this week. Having faced Berean Academy Tuesday, who ranks 10th in Class 1A, the Warriors will travel to Hutchinson Trinity Friday to face the Celtics who rank ninth in Class 2A.