SUBSTATE PREVIEW: Lady Warriors Have Tough Task Ahead Versus 6th-Ranked Clarkrange

The Great Substate Hurdle

It’s been a magical run for the Lady Warriors of Marion County.

With one loss this season versus a Triple-A McMinn County squad, Marion County has shocked even head coach Randy Ellis, who never anticipated such a dominant run.  Maybe a postseason surge was in the works, but having only a single blemish wasn’t expected.

Though the Lady Warriors have not been ranked in the AP Prep Poll this season, they’ve found ways to win on every front.  Averaging a margin of 23.9 PPG this season, it’s easy to see why many Purple-and-White faithful are raving about this year’s squad.

One thing they haven’t been able to corral, though, is a deep run in the postseason.

Just last year, Van Buren downed the Lady Warriors in the Region 3A Semifinals, so naturally when they took down Eaglettes, there was relief for Ellis.  The hurdles to come are numerous, though, as they on No. 6 Ranked Clarkrange Saturday in Jasper.

And Marion County’s One-Loss Season and State Tourney Quest will come down to one game in the place they’ve been most successful the past two seasons:  home.


GAMETIME INFO:

Clarkrange at Marion County

MCHS Gym, Jasper, TN

Tip-Off Time:  March 4th [7:00 PM CT/8:00 PM ET]


RIVALRY RECAP:  LAST TEN MATCHUPS

All Time Series Record:  NO PREVIOUS MEETINGS


PLACE YOUR BETS

DISCLAIMER:  These are not actual spreads or odds, and cannot be used in kind of sports betting context.

The Spread:  Clarkrange (-16.5) at Marion County

Odds to Win:  Clarkrange 2 to 3; Marion County 7 to 1

Over/Under (Total Points):  (113 Points)

Breaking Down the Bets:  ‘The Spread’ is based on who is favored in the matchup and by how many points.  ‘Odds to Win’ are the odds for a certain team to win that game and is not related to the odds of ‘The Spread.’  The ‘Over/Under’ is how many points both teams are expected to combine for, unrelated to ‘The Spread’ or “Odds to Win.’  These betting lines are simply to display what Vegas would perceive the matchup at and cannot be used in any sports betting enterprise.


QUICK HIT STORYLINES

Marion County has Never Faced Off With Clarkrange.

The Lady Warriors’ Only Loss Came Against Triple-A McMinn County

Region 3A and 4A Champs Pickett County and Marion County Have Combined For 3 Total Loss in 2016-2017.

The Lady Buffaloes Downed Bledsoe County in Holiday Tournament Play 67-29 Back in December.


THE STAT THAT MATTERS

The Lady Warriors Haven’t Lost a Game Since December 16, 2016.  They Haven’t Lost a Home Game Since January 11, 2016


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Marion County:  Hannah Phillips (Senior Shooting Guard [5’8]), Breanna Vinson (Junior Point Guard [5’2]) and Emily Webb (Senior Center [5’10])

Pickett County:  Kara Meadows (#41, Senior Center [6’4]), Charity Crabtree (#15, Sophomore Forward [5’9]), and Breanna Bush (#24, Senior Wing [5’8])

Contact Chandler Morrison at TheSpearSportsBlog@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter@RCS_Chandler!

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