The Marion County Lady Warriors’ storied season has met its end. The Lady Warriors fell to
the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes in the Sectionals level of the state title bracket.
After falling behind 14-22 in the first quarter, the Tribe had the gritty determination to pull within three going into halftime. With a three pointer from Breanna Vinson, four points from Emily Webb and nine points from Hannah Phillips as well as a bucket off the bench from Lindsay Glass, the
Warriors were keen on finding the defensive openings.
Ultimately, the Lady Warriors’ closing the lane for the Lady Baffaloes forced them, successfully, to depend on their outside shooting. Clarkrangge had six three pointers in the second half leading to their 73-58 defeat of the hometown Tribe.
After the game, Clarkrange Head Coach Lamar Rogers said, “They were a little quicker than we anticipated. It’s hard to gauge on film, but were ultimately got our outside shooting going and then tried to work the clock as best we could.”
Marion County Head Coach Randy Ellis said, “You know, I think [Clarkrange] scored the first eight trips down the floor and we battled back and Hannah [Phillips], Emily [Webb] they came up with some big, big baskets early to keep us in it. We got our feet back under us and we stayed in it. We tried just about everything we could think to do to stop [Kara Meadows] (who ended the contest with 29 points). I’m proud of the effort given by these girls.”
Hannah Phillips credited the adrenaline of the game for what went right….and some of what went wrong. “The adrenaline during the game was amazing. The early shots were tough because we were overshooting and as we kept getting up we ended up shooting
more of them over…it was just crazy.” Breanna Vinson said of the early hole they fell into, “We knew they would let [Meadows] score because thats what they do, they score early and we just wanted for our scoring to kick in.”