DUNLAP, Tenn.–As the Lady Indians moved on from their Monday night win versus Van Buren County, they went from last season’s elite team to this season’s frontrunner in Marion County.
The Lady Warriors, in only their second game of the season, kept rolling Tuesday night in front of their first home crowd with a 64-50 victory over their neighbors to the north. Sequatchie County, on the other hand, receives its third loss in four games after starting out 4-0 on the season.
“We had terrible rebounding,” Lady Indians head coach Ronnie Davis said. “We missed 18 free throws. You can’t do that. You’ve got to keep the game close, and we couldn’t keep pressure on them. We’re the worst rebounding team that I’ve ever had to this point.”
The Indians had a tough night on the boards, but their outside game wasn’t clicking thanks to a lot of arc protection from the Lady Warriors. Hannah Phillips, though, kept Marion County rolling on offense early, accumulating 22 point by halftime.
“Hannah pulled us together in the first half,” Marion County head coach Randy Ellis said. “She played great out there. [Jordan] Smith and [Gracie] Tate shot the eyes out of us. They took it to us to start the second half, but we challenge our guards, Breanna Vinson, Ashton McGrew and Lindsey Glass, to put pressure on them. And they did.”
The Indians started out with a closely contested game, only down by two going into the second quarter. Lead by Phillips in the scoring department, the Warriors launched themselves into the lead with a 22-point second quarter, taking the a 10-point lead into halftime.
“We wanted to be quicker in this one,” Ellis said. “We didn’t know how much depth they had, so we wanted to take to their big girls, espcially in the second half. In the first half, they just blocked everything we had. We finally started to break them down and get them in a little bit of foul trouble.”
The Lady Warriors would lean on their guards later in the game to pull off the 64-50 victory over a Tuesday night, Valley opponent. It’s only the second win of their relatively late-starting season.
“Our schedule helps us with some things,” Ellis said. “It helps you learn the plays. It helps you get acclimated, but when it comes to being battle-tested, it hurts. That scared me about Sequatchie County because they had a pretty good schedule. We’ve seen them manhandle a couple of teams in our district the last couple of nights, and I was concerned about our lack of play coming into this one.”
The Warriors start out their season 2-0 after a scheduling a later-starting season sue to football’s postseason success. They will travel out to the Rhea County Christmas Classic on Friday and Saturday after travelling out to St. Andrew’s/Sewanee on Thursday night. The Indians travel to South Pittsburg Friday for an intra-Valley showdown before taking the holidays off and participating in the Whitwell Christmas tournament at the end of the month.
And as we get ready for tournament play, the Warriors are glad to take the torch, for now, in regards to girls’ basketball in the Valley. After all, the bar was set pretty high after Van Buren County’s run last season. The Warriors are now firmly on a quest for the glass house if Monday night’s game is any indicator.
SCHS — 10 | 14 | 12 | 15 || 50
MCHS — 12 | 22 | 15 | 15 || 64
SCHS (50) — Gracie Tate (26), Jordan Smith (13), Ireland Burch (9), Peyton Longson (2), Cianna Queen (1)
MCHS (64) — Hannah Phillips (28), Emily Webb (12), Breanna Vinson (9), Amy Webb (8), Anna Smith (5), Lindsey Glass (2)