The Marion County High School basketball program is celebrating a pair of wins over Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences. The December 4 matchup saw the Lady Warriors of MCHS hand the Lady Patriots a convincing defeat as they would ultimately beat the CSAS team 50-29. The men’s game would be less resolute, but a “W” all the same with a 72-67 victory that would see the score tied with just over two and a half minutes left in the game.
For the women, head coach Randy Ellis continue his fast development of young players as he overcomes significant losses due to graduation and injuries from last years’ team. Senior Ashton McGrew would post seven points in the entire first half. That compared to fellow senior Amy Webb having no points in the first half and the Lady Warriors going into halftime with a 24-11 lead, one would have to surmise the development strategy seems to be working. Savannah Phillips and Savannah Keahey both would get four in the first half while Caroline Rash would land a three pointer and freshman Sara Muir would drop six for
Coming out of the half, the Lady Patriots staged a defensive gauntlet against the Lady Warriors holding all but one player to zero points in the third quarter. As the player carrying the offensive weight of the team was Webb, she still managed to put in nine points for the Lady Warriors compared to thirteen posted by the Lady Patriots for the quarter. However, the Lady Warriors would regroup and get aggressive under the boards which would help get nine attempts from the foul line in the final quarter. Unfortunately, the Lady Warriors would only go four-for-nine from the charity stripe, however they enjoyed broader offensive contribution as seven players would strike on the scoreboard to complete the win. Coach Ellis would reflect after the game, “CSAS played a little harder than we anticipated and relied on the seniors down the stretch to come through…and they did. Amy Webb and Ashton McGrew really brought us home.” For her part, Amy Webb was a little more pensive about talking the credit. “It took us a minute to get in the swing of things,” Webb continued, “And it’s hard working with this group of girls because we haven’t been on the floor [together]. From last year, we lost a lot, but it’s finally starting to come together. IN the fourth quarter we really pulled it together and we got our younger girls in which is what I like to see.”
As for the men, the Warriors ended up trading flurries with the Patriots. The Warriors would come out of the first quarter up by six only to go into halftime tied at thirty-six. The Warriors would eek out a one point advantage in the third quarter. Without great surprise, senior Warrior Kane Hale would have one-third of the team’s total offense. However, a number of contributions give the Warriors reason for optimism. Reece Barton, Ermiyas Bowdin and Jace Williamson would pull, by our count thirteen offensive rebounds and six successful put-backs. The Warriors gave up the opportunity for a more convincing lead as they would go fourteen for twenty five at the foul line through the game. For the Warriors to capitalize on there stable full of guys willing to fight under the goal, they’re going to be needing to shoot in the seventy percent range for free throws versus the current just over fifty percent.
As the fourth quarter dwindled away, the Patriots found themselves needing to foul MCHS to make sure they would have another shot with the ball. Inside of three minutes, the two teams were tied sixty-three a piece. Quite literally, anyone’s game. Hale would come up with a steal from the Patriot side of the court and run the distance to dunk for the lead. This would seem to have as profound an effect on a psychological basis as it did visually. Through the need to foul, the Patriots would watch their chances of getting back into the game die.
The Warriors look to host Bledsoe County on Friday December 8 starting with the Lady Warriors at 6:00 central.