SUBSTATE PREVIEW: Underdog Eaglettes In For A Fight With Pickett County

A Diluted Dejá Vu

It was just two years ago that the Eaglettes, led by former standout Lakelyn Bouldin, fell at the hands of a mighty Pickett County on their home court.

Even legend fail sometimes.  Only a year later the Eaglettes, crashed through to the Glass House in Murfreesboro.  Still, this season’s squad has had its pitfalls, twists, and turns.

With the dawning of a new Bouldin-less era, Marion County emerged as the favorite in District 6A and Region 3A, but down the stretch, the Eaglettes were not on the downturn.

In fact, they came up swinging and fighting their way to a Substate berth for the fourth straight year and fifth in six  seasons. The tale of the 2017 squad may not be the essence of dominance or reek of 30-point blowouts, but it does keep alive the new-found heritage of an area powerhouse nestled on the edge of the Upper Cumberland and Chattanooga regions.

Pickett County came into Spencer two years ago and exited with a 30-point blowout victory.  For head coach Tyler Sapp and company, they hope to return the favor in Byrdstown.


GAMETIME INFO:

Van Buren County at Pickett County

PCHS Gym, Byrdstown, TN

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


RIVALRY RECAP:  LAST TEN MATCHUPS

All Time Series Record:  Pickett County, 10-1 (11 Meetings Since 2005)

Lady Bobcats 95, Eaglettes 65; March 2, 2015

Lady Bobcats 54, Eaglettes 51; November 15, 2013

Lady Bobcats 64, Eaglettes 31; December 21, 2009

Lady Bobcats 56, Eaglettes 47; February 7, 2009

Lady Bobcats 75, Eaglettes 65; December 22, 2008

Eaglettes 60, Lady Bobcats 54; February 8, 2008

Lady Bobcats 65, Eaglettes 52; December 18, 2007

Lady Bobcats 71, Eaglettes 51; January 23, 2007

Lady Bobcats 58, Eaglettes 37; December 15, 2006

Lady Bobcats 54, Eaglettes 51; January 24, 2006


PLACE YOUR BETS

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

The Spread:  Van Buren County (13.5) at Pickett County

Odds to Win:  Van Buren County 10 to 1; Pickett County 8 to 9

Over/Under (Total Points):  (122 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

Pickett County Has Won the Last Five in the Series

The Only Eaglette Win in the Series Came at Pickett County in 2008.

The Lady Bobcats Have Averaged 21 more PPG than Van Buren County

Pickett County’s Only Two Losses Came Against Clarkrange (Region 4A Runner-Up)


The Stat That Matters

Van Buren County has averaged a margin of 3.5 PPG this season.  In the month of February (and including the Marion County game on March 1st), The Eaglettes have played in four games decided my a margin less than that.  


COACH TALK

“They are a very good team and we are going into a tough play to play.  We have to handle the full court pressure, chase their shooters off the three-point line, and rebound in order to have an opportunity to win.  It’s going to be a tough game, but at this time of the year, every game is tough.”

–Head Coach Tyler Sapp


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Van Buren County:  Tilly Dodson (Senior Point Guard) and Mallory Christian (Junior Shooting Guard)

Pickett County:  Abbi Buck (Senior Shooting Guard [5’7]), Aaliyah Brown (Sophomore Point Guard [5’5]), and Savannah Hammock (Junior Small Forward [5’9])

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

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