The Marion County Warriors basketball team returned home Tuesday night after having pulled a victory at CSAS Monday night. Unfortunately, the fate of the hardwood would not favor them as they dropped a matchup to the Rhea County Golden Eagles. With the final score panning out at 72-54, the Warriors were left to appreciate that the defeat was far more palatable than the almost 40 point defeat Rhea handed them when the Warriors visited them earlier in the season
The Golden Eagles would have four players post double digits compared to the Warriors’ Kane Hale standing in the double digits with 21 points. The Warriors team would post another disappointing showing at the free throw line going eight for nineteen. Warrior Toney Sampson would be closed out of the lane early, he would post two three pointers in the first half. However, the Golden Eagles would put MCHS in a pretty deep deficit by halftime with a 47-22 lead.
Hale would emerge in the third as a man on a mission drawing contact and finding himself at the foul line for four shots only able to convert twenty five percent. However, he would post ten points in the quarter and with help from Sampson, Nicq Ivory and Jace Williamson would outscore the Eagles 21-14 in the quarter.
Unfortunately, just as the Warriors starting finding their groove, the damage was already done. The Eagles would hang even with the Warriors in the fourth quarter with each team posting eleven points. So the Warriors are left knowing they have the ability to compete with the Eagles outscoring them 33-25 in the second half, but it proved to be too little too late to overcome the first half deficit. The Warriors will take on Bledsoe County at home on Friday night, December 8 with the women starting off at 6:00 pm central.