MADILL — Less than 24 hours after dethroning the defending two-time tournament champions, the Marietta Indians got a cold reception Saturday night in the finals of the Madill Winter Classic.

MADILL — Less than 24 hours after dethroning the defending two-time tournament champions, the Marietta Indians got a cold reception Saturday night in the finals of the Madill Winter Classic.

The Liberty Christian Warriors proved to be too much to handle as the Indians were defeated 59-48 at Wildcat Fieldhouse.

In a fast paced first quarter, both teams traded the lead, eventually leading to an 11-11 tie going into the second.

Liberty Christian began to pull away in the second, leading by as many as 10 points, but the Indians managed to stay in the game, finding themselves down by eight at the break 31-23.

In the third quarter, the Indians showed more than just a sign of life as they closed to within four points twice.

However, the Warriors weren’t about to let an Indians rally gain anymore steam.

After getting to 35-31 at the 4:42 mark of the third quarter, Marietta soon found itself down 44-33 with 1:21 left in the frame.

But going into the fourth quarter, the Indians managed to give themselves a fighting chance down just six points at 43-37.

Marietta though couldn’t maintain its momentum as it scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter, while the Warriors added 15 of their own to finish off the game.

Colton Taylor and Trace Stewart led the Indians with 14 points each in the game followed by Caleb McGehee with 11 points in the game for the Indians against the Warriors. 

Stewart and Taylor both represented the Indians on the All-Tournament team, along with Cole Johnson and Price Daube from Sulphur, Hunter Palesano from Dickson, and Diego Flores from Madill.