JASPER, Tenn.–If Michael Jordan’s flu game could be encompassed in a girls’ high school basketball squad, Marion County would fit the role quite nicely.
“The flu caught up with us in the second quarter,” Lady
Warriors head coach Randy Ellis explained. “We were gassed, but what a start. We came out, I mean, just on fire. I give credit to CSAS. They picked up their intensity in the second quarter. we ended up scoring six points in six minutes at one point.”
The Lady Warriors found a way to take care of business Monday night in front of a home crowd, taking down CSAS 64-35 with a berth to the Region 3A title game on the line.
For Ellis, the win is a continuation his team’s diligent and hard-nosed mentality.
“That’s the hardest-fought 30-point game we’ve ever been through,” Ellis continued. “We played hard and CSAS played extremely hard with us. Breanna Vinson and Ashton McGrew, the defense they play is the reason we win ball games.”
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Vinson, who hit two three-pointers in the first quarter, knew that she would be in for a fight from the get-go, even with an early 16-0 margin.
“We knew they were a tough team,” Vinson said. “We knew that we were going to have to come out and play. In the second quarter–it probably had something to with the lead we had–we just laid down. Once they started to come back, we realized that we needed to get up and going again. They refs were letting us play, so you’ve just gotta be tough and stick with it.”
Senior Hannah Phillips led in scoring before the half, but it was a second half surge by Emily Webb that ultimately pushed the Lady Warriors over the edge.
“Phillips, Emily, Amy, they have a determination,” Ellis added. “I ask them every night, ‘Seniors, do you want this to be your last game?’ I’m not prepared to give that last game speech. I’m not ready for that.”
Emily Webb ended the night with a team-high 17 points, shooting a number of free throws in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Lindsey Glass also added some points from the charity stripe late.
The Lady Warriors not only host the Region Finals, but they’re set for a rematch with an old, familiar district foe.
“Van Buren County was on fire tonight as well,” Ellis said, referring to Eaglette game in an earlier timeslot. “They really surprised Silverdale. We’ll have to get after Tilly Dodson and Mallory Christian. They’ll come ready to lay and bring their buses and buses of fans. They always do, and it’ll be a good time.”
The Lady Warriors host the Eaglettes Wednesday night with a 7:00 PM tip-off central time.
CSAS — 5 | 11 | 8 | 11 || 35
MCHS — 24 | 9 | 11 | 20 || 64
CSAS (35) — Lennex Walker (22), Lamiah Walker (5), Gianna Fugh (4)
MCHS (64) — Emily Webb (17), Breanna Vinson (14), Hannah Phillips (13)