MHS?boys fall to Council Grove

Nicholas Stuchlik scores the game?s first basket Thursday against Council Grove. Stuchlik scored 13 points in Marion?s 60-51 loss. A fourth-quarter rally fell short for the Marion boys in a 60-51 loss to Council Grove Thursday. It was Marion?s fifth game in seven days.

The Warriors found success offensively, but struggled to defend the Braves.

?The biggest problems we had all night were that we were slow (and) we were reacting instead of anticipating,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?Our guards weren?t keeping the ball contained, and when they needed help, the post guys were standing up committing to helping the drive and leaving their guys wide open.?

The Warriors made their first four attempts from the field for an 8-3 lead. But with Marion leading, 10-5, the Braves scored nine unanswered points. Jack Schneider, who saw his first action since a knee injury five games prior, broke the scoring drought with a trey to end the period, leaving Marion trailing, 14-13.

After Evann Heidebrecht made a three to start the second quarter, the Braves went on a 9-0 run. Dylan Pippin scored at 2:59, but the Braves added seven points before Schneider scored on a three-point play. Evann Heidebrecht added a two-pointer, but the damage had been done, leaving Marion trailing, 37-23, at halftime.

The Braves increased their lead to 16 before Mason Pedersen fired off a trey. That was the start of a 7-2 Warrior run. The Braves stretched their lead to 16 by the end of the quarter, 52-36.

Marion?s best quarter was the fourth. The Warriors scored 15 points while limiting the Braves to eight with increased defensive intensity.

The Warriors made three of their first four shots in the period to fuel a 7-0 run. Marion further cut it to 56-49 when Pippin scored with 3:29 to play.

Marion missed six of its last seven attempts, however, and Council Grove held on for the nine-point win.

?In the fourth quarter, we started getting down and anticipating the movements and cutting the guys off that were without the ball,? McMillin said. ?We just wasted a lot of the game not playing the way you should play when you only have a limited amount of games to play. You only get 20 opportunities, and we wasted most of that one.?

The team is adjusting to playing without Tyler Zinn, who remains benched because of injury.

Pedersen and Nicholas Stuchlik shared top scoring honors for Marion with 13 points each. Pippin grabbed nine rebounds to go with his eight points.

Coming?Marion (6-8) was scheduled to resume league play at Remington Tuesday. Marion will play at Bennington Friday.

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