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02-14-04: Redskins win bragging rights over Flyers

Standard Correspondent

MARIA STEIN — The Marion Local Flyers and their archrival, the St. Henry Redskins, met for the 152nd time Friday night at the Hangar in Maria Stein and for the 110th time in the series, the ’Skins took home the bragging rights, downing the Flyers 56-42 in Midwest Athletic Conference play.
St. Henry improves to 6-1 in conference play and and 13-4 overall while Marion Local falls to 8-7 overall and 2-5 in league play.
St. Henry used a solid second-half defensive effort to pull away after leading by just four at the half. In the second half, Marion collected just five field goals in 23 attempts, including just one-of-nine in the third period.
“I thought we played hard,” said Marion coach Keith Westrick. “Some of the little break downs that have haunted us in the past crept into this game and killed us.”
The Redskins’ solid defensive play actually began late in the half after Marion Local took a 24-22 lead. St. Henry scored the last five points of the half on a baseline jumper from Nate Stahl and a three-point field goal from Bryan Post to take a 27-24 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
Marion Local cut the deficit to to one, 27-26, on a basket by Russell Moeller on the Flyers’ first possession of the second half. Moeller’s bucket was to be the last points for the home team for their next six trips, which allowed St. Henry to gain a little more separation as they scored seven straight points to take a 34-26 lead with 3:14 left in the quarter.
Nate Stahl scored all seven points on a steal and lay-in, a three-point field goal and another steal and lay-in, forcing the Flyers to call timeout.
On the evening, Stahl had a well-rounded game as he led the team in scoring with 22 points, added three rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“I thought Nate had a great overall game,” said St. Henry coach Joe Niekamp. “He had 22 points but he also had several assists and made several steals. Nate has been playing well of late and he stepped things up again tonight.”
After two free throws by Marion Local’s Cory Luebke, Stahl hit from the baseline and found Steve Sutter for a conventional three-point play which rebuilt the Redskins lead to 39-28 with two minutes left in the third before settling for a 43-32 lead after three quarters.
“I thought we were selective at times offensively but you just can’t instantly have an offense against that zone,” said Niekamp. “We thought we had to be a little more patient tonight and take some time and we did that at times and other times we got in a hurry and that hurt us.”
A basket by Sutter gave the ‘Skins their largest lead of the night, 45-32 with 7:25 left in the game.
Marion Local wasn’t about to go quietly, however, as the Flyers outscored the Redskins 7-1 to close to within seven, 46-39, on a lay-in by Russell Moeller with 2:44 left.
After a free throw apiece by Stahl and Sutter gave the Redskins a 48-39 with 2:12 left, Russell Moeller canned a three to cut the lead to six, 48-42 with two minutes left.
St. Henry quickly regained control as it scored the games last eight points as Stahl hit three-of-four free throws and added a field goal and Post added two free throws while Sutter added one free toss to seal the deal.
In addition to Stahl’s great game, Sutter added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Luebke lead Marion Local with 12 points and Russell Moeller chipped in 11.
Marion Local is back in action tonight as it plays host to Arcanum while St. Henry returns to action tonight as well, traveling to Van Wert.


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