Warriors defeat Sedgwick, 34-33

Zachary Stuchlik scores to bring Marion within 14-10 during the second quarter at Sedgwick Tuesday. Stuchlik scored eight points in Marion?s 34-33 win.The Marion boys used a solid defensive effort to earn a narrow, 34-33, victory at Sedgwick Tuesday.

With the win, Marion solidified a 6-3 league record and improved to 9-10 overall.

Jack Schneider drained a three-pointer in the first 40 seconds, but that was Marion?s only field goal of the first period. Sedgwick scored seven unanswered points after that and led by as many as 12-4. Zachary Stuchlik closed the first quarter with two free-throws, making it 12-6 at the first break.

As a result of a lockdown Marion effort on defense, Sedgwick missed the first five shots it attempted in the second quarter. Mason Pedersen scored five of Marion?s seven points in the quarter, including a three-pointer with 57 seconds left in the half to bring Marion within 16-13 at halftime. The Cardinals made just one field goal in the period.

After Dylan Pippin scored, Sedgwick enjoyed an 8-0 run to lead, 24-15. Marion drew within three with a 6-0 run, and the third quarter ended with the Warriors trailing, 27-23.

Pedersen scored on a traditional three-point play to open the fourth quarter, then Zachary Stuchlik made a pair of free-throws to push Marion in front, 28-27. He made two more at the 4:56 mark, and Pedersen drained a three-pointer with 2:50 to play, putting Marion in front, 33-31.

Sedgwick tied the game with 14 seconds left and Marion called timeout with 7.6 to play. Schneider drove into the lane and was fouled. He made the second of two free-throws with 1.6 left, which was just enough to give the Warriors the victory. Sedgwick missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

?It was just consistent, quarter after quarter, putting good things together and just playing with a lot of effort,? coach Jeff McMillin said.

Pedersen led all scorers with 11 points.

Coming?Marion was scheduled to host Sedgwick Tuesday. The Warriors will compete in the Class 3A sub-state hosted by Halstead next week. Additional teams in the field include Eureka, Southeast of Saline, Hal?stead, Hesston, Hutchinson Trinity, Sedgwick and Remington.

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