MHS?boys fall to state-ranked SES

Peyton Heidebrecht puts up a shot during the fourth quarter against Southeast of Saline Friday. Heidebrecht scored five points in Marion?s 53-31 loss.
Peyton Heidebrecht puts up a shot during the fourth quarter against Southeast of Saline Friday. Heidebrecht scored five points in Marion?s 53-31 loss.
Through one quarter of play, the Marion boys? basketball team kept pace with state-ranked Southeast of Saline, but in the end, the Trojans gained the upper hand to the tune of 53-31.

?Early on when we had good energy and we weren?t gassed, we did a pretty good job of being where we were supposed to be,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?Once we started getting tired and didn?t get there as fast, they had a lot of room to work, and they started to exploit us quite a bit.

?I was pretty happy with how we hung with them, especially early.?

Marion fell behind, 4-0 before Jack Schneider put the Warriors on the board with a three-pointer. Two free throws from Nicholas Stuchlik gave Marion its only lead, 5-4.

Still, the Warriors hung with the Trojans, and a two-pointer by Zachary Stuchlik tied the game at 9, which held through the end of the first quarter.

Marion trailed, 18-17 with 2:33 left in the half. From there, Southeast extended its lead with a 9-0 run, giving the Trojans a 27-17 advantage at intermission.

The margin ventured briefly back into single digits, first when Peyton Heidebrecht sank three charity shots, and later, when Schneider scored to make it 31-22 at the 3:52 mark. From there, Southeast scored eight unanswered points before Mason Pedersen drained a three. The third quarter ended with SES in front, 41-25.

Nicholas Stuchlik scored Marion?s first four points of the fourth quarter, then the Warriors went cold. Marion?s scoring drought last more than five minutes, finally ending when Zachary Stuchlik scored with 6 seconds left in the game. That brought it to the final, 22-point spread.

?We wanted to get a fighter?s mentality back,? McMillin said. ?We wanted to have that be our identity, and I think the boys fought pretty hard. We got to a point where we maybe got a little run down, mostly having seven guys in the rotation. I think we got pretty tired. Our conditioning needs to be better. Our depth needs to get better, and our conditioning will get better. They were a good team.?

Nicholas Stuchlik led Marion with 10 points.

Coming?The Warriors will host the Marion Classic this week. Marion will face Belle Plaine Thursday and Remington Friday. Both games are scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. The tournament will conclude Saturday.