The Marion boys concluded Heart of America league play with a 53-38 loss to Berean Academy at home Friday. The game had been postponed twice because of weather.
Marion built a 15-13 lead after the first quarter, led by Chase Stringer with five points. But Marion managed just five points in the second quarter—thanks to a 3-pointer by Zachary Stuchlik and a 2-pointer by Stringer—allowing Berean to take a 21-20 halftime lead.
The visitors exploded with a 17-point third quarter, while Marion managed just seven points. Sam Zinn and Evann Heidebrecht each scored three points. Marion trailed 38-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Eli Hett and Zachary Stuchlik each drained 3-pointers in the final period, but Berean extended its lead with a 15-point fourth quarter to claim the 15-point win.
“We just kind of got away from what we were doing,” coach Terry Edwards said. “We hit some shots early, and then we just didn’t get a whole lot of looks. Their defense kind of dictated that. And then (we) come out in the third quarter and get outscored by 10, 17-7. After that, it’s a snowball effect.”
Edwards said the Warriors took quick shots instead of getting the ball inside.
Stringer led the Warriors with nine points. Heidebrecht scored eight.
Marion tied for seventh in the Heart of America league with a 3-6 record. Moundridge also finished 3-6. Sterling, meanwhile, won the league at 8-1.
Coming—As the No. 5 seed in the Class 2A substate hosted by Hillsboro, Marion was scheduled to open play Tuesday at No. 4 Inman. With a win, Marion will play the winner of No. 1 Berean Academy and No. 8 Canton-Galva Friday.
The other half of the bracket features No. 2 Hillsboro versus No. 7 Goessel, and No. 3 Moundridge versus No. 6 Herington. The championship will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m.