Marathon, Merrill fall short in sectional final games

Marathon and Merrill both hoped to find themselves on top in their sectional final matchups Saturday, but both teams fell just short.

Top seeded Merrill suffered an 81-55 loss to fellow top seed La Crosse Central.

It was a much closer game in Neillsville, where a last second blocked shot prevented Marathon from picking up a win over Lourdes Academy. They lost to the Knights 72-71.