Marion struggled to find its rhythm in Tuesday?s 56-41 loss to Sedgwick.
?The one thing I told them is we didn?t provide very much resistance, especially defensively,? coach Jeff McMillin said. ?A team that really wasn?t that physical, we let them dictate how we played.?
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead out of the gate when Bret Voth scored, but things went quickly southward, as Sedgwick scored 10 unanswered points to lead 10-2. Voth drained a three, and the teams traded scores. Sedgwick gained distance to lead, 17-7, at the end of the first quarter.
The Cardinals outscored Marion, 11-4, in the first six minutes of the second period, building their lead to 28-11. Nicholas Stuchlik accounted for both Marion baskets during that stretch. Jacob Baldwin added a pair of free throws, and Sedgwick led, 31-13, at halftime.
?I told them that really there is nothing that we could do differently in the second half as far as switch this up, switch that up,? McMillin said. ?It?s all about the level of emotion that you guys play with and the focus that you have, and the toughness that you play with because that was severely lacking in the first half. Everything that we have in the arsenal, we tried. We had bad focus and we had bad preparation for the game, and that falls on me also.?
Marion nearly doubled its halftime score in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals, 12-9. Voth and Dylan Pippin led the charge with four points each in the period. By the end of the quarter, Marion trailed, 40-25.
The teams battled evenly through the final quarter, each scoring 16 points. Stuchlik and Mason Pedersen each scored six points for Marion. The pair combined for a 6-0 run midway through the period to bring Marion within 52-38 with 3:03 to play. The Warriors drew within 13 with 1:26 to go, but fell by 15 in the end.
Voth led the Warriors with 11 points. Stuchlik added 10.
Coming?Marion (2-6, 4-15) was scheduled to play at Sedgwick Tuesday.
The Warriors will participate in the Class 3A sub-state at Hesston next week. Teams in the field in addition to the Warriors and the host school include Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Hillsboro, Hutchinson Trinity, Lyons and Sterling. Seedings will be posted at hillsborofreepress.com as they become available.