Warrior boys lose at Berean to complete league play

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.