MHS drops game to Eureka, 48-40

Mason Pedersen draws a foul during the third quarter against Sedgwick. He made both charity shots to bring Marion within 39-32. Pedersen led the Warriors with 14 points. The fifth-seeded Marion boys? season ended with a 48-40 loss to No. 4 Eureka Monday in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A sub-state hosted by Halstead.

Marion concludes the season with an overall record of 9-12.

Additional information was not available at press time.

Sedgwick?After Marion handed the Cardinals a loss on their home court last week, Sedgwick returned the favor Tuesday, defeating Marion, 57-44, in the final game of the regular season.

With the loss, Marion dropped to 9-11 overall.

?(The Cardinals) were a whole lot more intense tonight than they were last week,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?To our credit, we didn?t really back down from them.?

Sedgwick claimed a 4-0 lead, then Mason Pedersen and Peyton Heidebrecht scored back-to-back threes to put Marion in front. With Marion trailing, 13-11, Jack Schneider scored to tie the game, then Pedersen made his second trey to give Marion a 16-13 lead at the first break.

Sedgwick regained it with a 5-0 run before Zachary Stuchlik made a three- and two-point basket in succession to put Marion in front, 23-20, with 3:03 left in the half. Marion managed only free-throws after that, and Sedgwick outscored the Warriors 12-5 to lead, 32-28.

Marion?s scoring woes continued in the third quarter as the Warriors made just four free-throws. The Cardinals took advantage, building a double-digit, 44-32, lead by the final break.

Nicholas Stuchlik scored twice to start the fourth quarter, and when Peyton Heidebrecht chipped in a free-throw, Marion had trimmed the deficit to 44-37, with 6:11 to play. But the Warriors did not make another field goal until 14 seconds remained in the game, when Pedersen drained a three. By that point, Marion trailed by the final, 13-point margin.

Pedersen led the Warriors with 14 points.

Coming?Marion will participate in the Class 3A substate hosted by Halstead this week.

With a 9-11 record, Marion has received the fifth seed as the result of a coin flip after posting identical records with Halstead.

The Warriors played at No. 4 Eureka (11-9) Monday.

Also on Marion?s side of the bracket is No. 1 Hesston (18-2), who hosted No. 8 Remington (6-14).

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Southeast of Saline (17-3) hosted No. 7 Hutchinson Trinity (6-13); and No. 3 Sedgwick (13-7) hosted No. 6 Halstead (9-11).

Semifinal games are scheduled for Thursday, and the finals for Saturday, all at Halstead.

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