Warrior boys lose to Trinity, beat Sedgwick

Evann Heidebrecht scores early in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game with Sedg­wick. Heidebrecht later scored the game-winning basket to give Marion a 69-68 victory over the Cardinals.
Evann Heidebrecht scores early in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game with Sedg­wick. Heidebrecht later scored the game-winning basket to give Marion a 69-68 victory over the Cardinals.
The Marion boys suffered a 72-67 loss to Hutchinson Trinity Friday, splitting a pair of Heart of America games last week for a 2-5 record in league play.

The Celtics were led by Connor Remar and Kaleb Hammeke, who scored 30 and 20 points, respectively.

Marion, meanwhile, had four double-digit scorers, led by Sam Zinn with 20, Chase Stringer 13, Evann Heide­brecht 12 and Zachary Stuchlik 10.

Marion took a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, with Zinn scoring five points. The Warriors maintained their lead in the second quarter, as Stringer added six points to help give Marion a 32-29 halftime advantage.

Things took a turn for the worse in the third quarter, as Trinity outscored the Warriors, 24-14. Remar scored 12 points in the period. By the end of the third quarter, Marion trailed, 53-46.

“They came out and took control in the third quarter,” coach Terry Edwards said. “We had a tough time scoring. We allowed their big guy to get inside because of ball penetration from the guards, and then they converted those easy baskets.”

Although the Warriors outscored the home team, 21-19, in the final quarter, the damage had been done, and Marion lost by five.

“We made a run there at the end,” Edwards said. “We just put some man pressure on them and got a few steals and some easy baskets, and we got fouled when we missed the basket and went to the line. They were trying to run clock out, and we were being pesky and stole the ball on them.”

Sedgwick—Marion outlasted a second-half Cardi­nal rally to defeat Sedgwick Tuesday, 69-68, with a last-second basket.

Marion built a 13-10 lead after one quarter of play, limiting Sedgwick to 2-for-10 shooting from the field. The Warriors enjoyed an 11-2 run in the first 3:58 of the second quarter, capped by back-to-back baskets by Blaine Mermis for a 24-12 lead. Sam Zinn hit his second and third 3-pointers of the quarter in the final 1:19 to help extend Marion’s lead to 32-17 by halftime.

Sedgwick made just five of 20 shots from the field in the half (25 percent) while Marion made 14 of 26 (54 percent).

The Warriors led by as much as 47-28 after Chase Stringer scored with 3:53 left in the third quarter, but Sedgwick ended the quarter with a 13-5 run to trim the deficit to 52-41.

Sedgwick’s Neal Bever made a 3-pointer 28 seconds into the final period, the first of his five threes in the period. Bever made his final two threes in a 16-second span, sandwiching a Warrior turnover, to push Sedgwick in front, 63-62, with 2:50 to play. With Sedgwick in front, 65-63, Noah Dalrymple scored to tie the game with 2:06 remaining.

A series of turnovers, missed shots and missed free-throws ensued, and the teams remained locked at 65 with less than a minute to play.

Zachary Stuchlik scored with 34 seconds left to put Marion in front, 67-65, but Sedgwick’s Brayden Francis scored and drew a foul. He completed the traditional 3-point play to push Sedgwick back in front, 68-67, with 16 seconds to go. With 2 seconds on the clock, Evann Heide­brecht scored the game-winning basket to give Marion the one-point victory.

“If we get an uncontested shot or a layup, we need to take it and put the pressure on them and make them score,” coach Terry Edwards said. “(Sedgwick) responded by driving to the basket, getting the and-one and making it. We just had one answer for that.”

Stringer led the Warriors with 24 points. Zinn scored 18.

Coming—Marion (2-5, 7-10) was scheduled to host Inman Tuesday. The Warriors will travel to Elyria Christian Friday.