The third quarter was not kind to the Marion County boys basketball team during a 62-38 loss to North Shelby on Wednesday in the Class 1 District 10 quarterfinals.

The third quarter was not kind to the Marion County boys basketball team during a 62-38 loss to North Shelby on Wednesday in the Class 1 District 10 quarterfinals.

North Shelby (15-9) matched its first-half scoring total over the first eight minutes of the second half. After leading 24-17 at halftime, the Raiders outscored the Mustangs 24-9 in the third to enter the final period ahead 48-26. 

Short-handed Marion County (4-19), which had only six active players, couldn't recover. 

“We just dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Marion County coach Justin Ellison said. “This was not the scoreline we needed to keep it where we wanted. We always talk about keeping it in the 40s because that's our range to be able to win games. We don't score in a high enough volume with six players to win giving up more than 60.”

Alex Huffman made a 3-pointer late in the third to try and ignite a comeback for the No. 6 seed Mustangs.

Marion County attempted 15 free throws in the final period but made just four of them, finishing 13-for-30 (43 percent) from the line in the loss.

“We kept putting the ball on the floor and tried to get to the rim,” Ellison said. “We got a couple second-chance opportunities and got to the free-throw line quite a bit. But our free-throw percentage as a team hasn't been what we've wanted it to be all year.”

North Shelby, the No. 3 seed, took an 11-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter, holding Marion County to just a single made field goal.

Ty Bowdish and Carson Bock each scored five points in the second quarter to pull the Mustangs to within seven at the intermission.

Bowdish and Bock led Marion County with 10 points a piece.

Adam Shively scored eight of his game-high 17 points for North Shelby in the pivotal third period.

Dayton Mettes, who finished with 10 points, added a pair of threes in the third to help the Raiders pull away.

North Shelby made eight treys in the win.

Ellison lauded the effort from Marion County seniors Bowdish, Bock and Huffman in their final game with the Mustangs.

“We're going to lose three seniors who were pretty much the heart and soul of our team,” the second-year Marion County coach said. “Without them this year, we would have really been in trouble. I just applaud them for everything over the last two years.

“We've got to start looking forward to the future and get back to work soon.”