The Marion boys’ basketball team split two games last week, winning a league contest over Inman Tuesday to improve to 3-5 in Heart of America play, then losing to Elyria Christian Friday. The Warriors are 8-11 overall.
Elyria Christian—Marion lost to Elyria Christian, 61-49, Friday. The Warriors trailed only by two, 11-9, at the end of the first quarter, with Blaine Mermis scoring five of Marion’s points.
But Elyria stretched its lead in the second quarter by outscoring Marion 19-10 to enjoy a 30-19 advantage at halftime.
Elyria grew its lead further with a 20-13 third-quarter effort, leaving Marion trailing, 50-32, at the final break.
The Warriors made up some ground in the final quarter, outscoring the home team 17-11. Chase Stringer scored nine of those points. But the deficit was too big, and Marion lost by 12 in the end.
“(The) second quarter got away from us,” coach Terry Edwards said. “Then we played chase the rest of the night and just weren’t able to keep up.”
Stringer and Evann Heidebrecht shared top scoring honors for Marion with 13 points each.
Inman—After a hot start, Marion weathered a second-half Inman rally to defeat the Teutons 58-53 on Tuesday.
Marion made seven of its first eight attempts from the field to fuel a 16-2 lead with 2:42 left in the first period. Evann Heidebrecht and Zachary Stuchlik made back-to-back 3-pointers to highlight that stretch. Inman outscored Marion 7-2 in the final 1:54 for an 18-9 Warrior lead at the first break.
Marion made just three of 12 attempts in the second quarter. Stuchlik led the effort with a 3- and 2-point basket. Inman, however, made five field goals to close the gap to 25-20 at intermission.
The Teutons made three 3-pointers in the third quarter, including two in a 32-second span to take a 26-25 lead, but a 7-2 run capped by five points from Stuchlik put the Warriors back in front, 32-28, with 4:10 left in the quarter. The Teutons made another three to draw within one, but Marion never trailed again, and led 42-34 at the end of the third quarter.
A basket by Noah Dalrymple put Marion in front 44-34 and Marion led by that same margin at 49-39 after a three-point play by Stuchlik. But a 12-5 Teuton rally over the next 3:31, capped by a 3-pointer, brought Inman within 54-51 with 1:42 to play.
The teams traded scores the rest of the way, leading to Marion’s five-point win.
“We didn’t panic,” coach Terry Edwards said. “We went back to doing what we were being successful at. We had to penetrate the zone instead of just playing catch out on the perimeter. It’s a game of runs, and we just matched theirs and were one ahead of them at the end.”
Stuchlik led all scorers with 21 points. Sam Zinn scored 12 and Chase Stringer, 10.
Coming—Marion (3-5, 8-11) was scheduled to conclude the regular season by hosting Berean Academy Tuesday.
Marion will compete in the Class 2A sub-state hosted by Hillsboro next week. Teams in the field in addition to the Warriors and the host school are Canton-Galva, Berean Academy, Goessel, Herington, Inman and Moundridge.