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No. 2 Marquette loses again; Warriors fall to Midland

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GRANVILLE — When it rains on the Marquette Academy boys basketball players, they don't get just wet.

They get soaked.

Three days after the No. 2-seeded Cru were upset by No. 7-seeded Peoria Christian, they lost in their consolation bracket semifinal to No. 6-seeded Henry-Senachwine 70-64 in overtime here Thursday at the 92nd annual Tri-County Conference Tournament. The decision marks the first time in recent memory that the No. 2 seed was not on the court in the finals.

Woodland fared no better in the night's consolation opener, the No. 8 seed having its second-half comeback thwarted in a 54-48 loss to No. 5 Midland.
The lineup for tonight's closing round will have Midland against Henry-Senachwine for the consolation title at 5 p.m., No. 4 Putnam County against Peoria Christian for third place at 6:30 and top-seeded DePue against No. 3 Roanoke-Benson for the championship at 8.

Henry-Senachwine 70, Marquette 64 (OT)
The Crusaders started this game with more energy than they showed against Peoria Christian, but Henry's aggressiveness on its offensive end eventually wore them down.

MA jumped out to leads of 11-3, 16-9 and 18-11, which went to 25-16 in the second as Vance Childers netted 10 of his 16 points in the half. After a brief Mallards rally gave them a one-point lead, Marquette spanned the half with a 17-7 burst, going up 47-36 on a Logan Komater drive at the 3-minute, 9-second mark of the third.

Josh Maubach hit two treys and had eight in that quarter to keep the Mallards close until an 8-0 surge midway through the fourth, capped by an Ethan Condit jumper with three minutes left. A huge 3-pointer by Jack Snook (16 points) with :39.2 left gave MA the edge, but a Mabach shot in the lane at :23.6 sent the game to OT.

There the game hinged on one shot, a huge 3-pointer by Schuyler Hughes with 1:34 to play giving Henry a two-point lead. With Snook having fouled out a minute earlier, the Mallards iced the win with 8 of 10 free throws.

Maubach led all scorers with 21 points, with Condit adding 18 points and nine rebounds. Following Snook and Childers' 16 apiece were Komater and Austin Threadgill with 11 each and Chase Thumm 10.

"This is very disappointing and flat-out embarrassing," said MA coach Todd Hopkins. "Offense wasn't an issue for us. Give Henry credit, they put it to us, they outplayed us, but our defense these last two games has been pathetic. Our help-side hasn't been very good, we're getting caught looking and we're not boxing out properly. There were a few times when I thought we might put them away, but they'd hit a shot, then get a stop and hit another shot.
"We'll be back. I have faith in these guys. ... Right now, we have to play harder, play smarter and do the little things to get our identity back."

Midland 54, Woodland 48
Kyle Voytko led Woodland with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Nate Carby chipped in 15 points and Collin Hjerpe seven boards of his own in the third meeting between these clubs this season (they split the first two). However, it was a lack of consistency that hurt the Warriors (5-17) in this clash, according to coach Connor Kaminke.

After trailing the Timberwolves by just four early in the second period, WHS hit five of its first six shots, the first four providing a 8-2 run that lifted it to an 18-15 edge. However, that didn't last long as it missed its final six tries, allowing Midland to close the half with eight straight points and a 27-20 lead.
The Warriors posted a 15-8 third stanza, getting the last two of a 6-0 burst on a Nate Carby runner in the lane with 1.2 seconds left to tie it at 35-all.

But again, Woodland was unable to sustain the run. A Kyle Voytko free throw with 5:50 showing in the fourth gave the locals a 38-37 edge, but a pair of tosses by 6-5 center Kieran Sloan (16 points, 12 rebounds), a trey by A.J. Foster (18 points) and a Sloan bucket off a Foster pass put the T-Wolves on top for good.

A deuce by Chandler Hillebrenner with 2:56 showing got WHS within three, but Sloan finished his 10-point final quarter with 3 of 4 free throws.
"Unfortunately, that's where we've been at this year," Kaminke said. "We have flashes where we look like we're really figuring things out, where we're playing well and we're really getting there. Unfortunately, we also have flashes when we look like we did the first couple of weeks of this season when pressure sped us up and we really turned the ball over way too much.

"I will never fault these kids, no matter what the score is, no matter how much they're down, they're always gonna compete. ... Tonight we left eight points out at the free-throw line. We have to shoot them better, have more poise and take care of the basketball better down the stretch." 

At R.M. Germano Gym, Granville
Midland 54, Woodland 48
(Key: FG-FGA FT-FTA TP)
MIDLAND (54)
— Sloan 5-10 6-7 16, Meliska 3-5 0-0 6, Foster 7-20 2-2 18, B. Weber 2-4 0-0 4, Z. Weber 4-10 1-2 9, Guthman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-40 10-13 54.
WOODLAND (48) — Voytko 8-17 2-5 18, Carby 5-10 3-6 15, Hillebrenner 1-3 0-2 2, Jenkins 1-9 6-6 9, Hjerpe 2-5 0-0 4, Redd 0-1 0-0 0, Derossett 0-0 0-0 0, Meredith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 11-19 48.
Woodland (5-17)    9  11  15  13  — 48
Midland (6-13)   11  16  8  19  — 54

3-point goals —  Woodland 3-16 (Carby 2-5, Jenkins 1-6, Redd 0-1, Voytko 0-4), Midland 2-8 (Foster 2-6, Z. Weber 0-2). Rebounds — Woodland 23 (Voytko 7, Hjerpe 7), Midland 27 (Sloan 12). Turnovers — Woodland 20, Midland 22. Total fouls (fouled out) — Woodland 16 (Hjerpe), Midland14.

Henry-Senachwine 70, Marquette 64 OT
(Key: FG-FGA FT-FTA TP)
HENRY-S. (70)
— Condit 9-12 0-0 18, Maubach 6-9 5-6 21, Boucher 1-3 0-0 2, Hughes 3-9 3-4 10, Cordes 1-2 2-2 5, Smith 2-12 5-6 9, Miller 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 24-50 15-18 70.
MARQUETTE (64) — Snook 7-13 0-1 16, Komater 3-6 5-5 11, Thumm 4-6 2-2 10, Threadgill 3-9 2-2 11, Childers 7-10 2-2 16, Melvin 0-2 0-0 0, Donahue 0--0 0-0 0, Duchon 0-2 0-0 0, Ugolini 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 11-12 64.
Henry-S. (2-16)   11  21  16  10  12   — 70
Marquette (14-6)  18  18  13  9  6  — 64

3-point goals —  Henry 7-12 (Maubach 4-6, Cordes 1-1, Smith 1-1, Hughes 1-4), Marquette 5-15 (Threadgill 3-9, Snook 2-2, Melvin 0-1, Komater 0-3). Rebounds — Henry 26 (Condit 9), Marquette 26 (Snook 7). Turnovers — Henry 18, Marquette 17. Total fouls (fouled out) — Henry 16 (Cordes), Marquette 16 (Snook).

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