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Panthers suffer second loss to Marysville, 59-51

For the second time in three games, the Concordia Panthers were unable to finish against the Marysville Bulldogs.
Marysville used a big fourth quarter to hand Concordia its first loss of the season back on December 15.
The Panthers had a game against Abilene postponed because of COVID-19 issues and then opened second semester with a victory over previously unbeaten Wamego last Friday night.
In a rematch against Marysville, the Panthers had a 32-26 lead in the third quarter.
Knocking down six of their 10 three-point shots in just over five minutes of game action, the Bulldogs would rally for a 59-51 North Central Kansas League win Tuesday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
“Unfortunately the games were very similar,” Concordia coach Derek Holmes said of the two losses to Marysville. “It was tied at half again. Then it was a close game in third. Once again, and I sound like a broken record, turnovers are just killing us. We waste too many possessions.”
Concordia falls to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in league play with the loss.
Marysville, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league, scored the first five points of the game, and would not trail in the first quarter.
Two free throws by Bryar O'Neil and a three-point shot by Jackson Rader gave Marysville a 20-9 lead early in the second period.
Rader knocked down six threes in scoring a game high 20 points.
“We didn't do a good job on the Rader kid. We did a great job of (Gavin) Pieschl, who hurt us last game, but we didn't get out very well on the Rader kid and he knocked down six threes himself,” Holmes said.
Concordia would then hold Marysville scoreless for better than six minutes.
A 14-foot jumper by Aceyn Cash started a 14-0 run for the Panthers.
Cav Carlgren capped off the spurt with a steal and a layup to give Concordia a 23-20 lead with 1:28 to play in the first half.
Marysville, which had not scored since the 7:02 mark, got a pair of free throws by Pieschl with 42 seconds on the clock.
Zachary Haefele made one of two free throws with 11 seconds remaining in the half, and the game was tied at 23-23.
A three by Rader gave Marysville a 26-23 lead early in the second half.
Chase Parker sandwiched a pair of baskets around a bucket by Trost, and the Panthers had the lead back at 32-26.
“We got out in transition a little bit, and we need to do that more. And we did a better job of getting the ball inside without turning it over, and Chase was finishing there in the second half,” Holmes said.
Parker, a 6-6 senior, finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
O'Neil hit a three for Marysville.
Concordia answered with a follow by Parker.
A three by Pieschel and a tip-in by Rhett Williams pulled the Bulldogs even at 34-34.
Cash scored inside to give Concordia its last lead of the game, 36-34.
Rader hit a three as time expired in the third quarter, and Marysville was up 37-36.
Rader and Jack Lauer connected on threes as the Bulldogs opened the final period with a quick 8-2 spurt to go up 45-38.
Concordia would get as close as 52-47 when Carlgren made one of two free throws with 1:22 to play.
Lauer missed on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, but got the ball back because of a Panther turnover.
O'Neil then made two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 54-47 cushion.
Trost scored for Concordia, and Marysville got two free throws by Rader.
Another basket by Trost again made it a five-point game, 56-51, with 39 seconds on the clock.
Rader missed two free throw attempts, but a three-point shot by Joey Henderson wouldn't fall for Concordia.
Marysville then made three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.
“Obviously they are a very good team, and we only had a couple of guys play well. We have to have everybody play well to beat good teams, and we didn't have that,” Holmes said.
Trost led Concordia with 16 points.
Carlgren finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Ben Kirkland joined Rader in double figures for Marysville with 13 points.
Concordia plays a league game at Chapman on Friday night.
The Irish have played just one game this season, and that was a 56-43 league win over Clay Center last Friday night.
“We have just got to go down there ready to play and bounce back. If we go play our game we will be in good shape,” Holmes said.

Haefele 1-1-0 3, Pieschl 2-2-3 7, O'Neil 1-4-0 7, Rader 6-2-3 20, Kirkland 4-3-1 13, Williams 2-0-3 4, Lauer 1-2-4 5. Totals: 17-14-14 59.
Vignery 1-0-4 3, Trost 7-2-4 16, Cash 3-0-5 7, Carlgren 4-1-3 9, Atwood 0-0-1 0, Henderson 0-0-3 0, Hobrock 1-0-0 2, Parker 6-2-2 14. Totals: 22-5-21 51.


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