Eaglettes just fall short in the Region Championship

By | March 6, 2017 6:53 am

Mallory Christian goes up for a shot in the March 1 game. Christian finished with 11 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Van Buren County and Marion County squared off for the fourth time, on March 1, at Marion County High School in the Region 3A title game.

To say the two teams were familiar with each other would be a slight understatement. Not only had they already played three times this season but they had also played at least twice each season prior.

During the earlier games this season and last week’s District Tournament, Marion County had won those games by 14 or more points. But this time the Eaglettes refused to go away.

The Lady Warriors would jump out to an early 10-1 lead, and it wasn’t until 1:47 mark in the first quarter that Hannah Sullivan got the first field goal for the Eaglettes. But the Eaglettes would fight and claw their way back and outscore the Lady Warriors in the second quarter 12-7, but the Eaglettes trailed at halftime 18-17.

In the third quarter, with 4 minutes to go in the game, the Eaglettes would take the lead. But by the end of the third quarter, the game was tied at 36 all.

In the final quarter of play, Marion County would surge out to a 5-point lead, with 3:34 left to go in the game. But the Eaglettes would answer back getting two quick baskets off of Marion County turnovers. Then with 11 seconds left to go in the game, the Eaglettes were down 48-47 with the ball. The Eaglettes threw the ball in and were able to get a shot, but their shot fell short, and the Lady Warriors got the rebound and were able to sink two free throws at the end to secure a 50-47 win.

Tilly Dodson led the charge for the Eaglettes with 19 points. Mallory Christian finished with 11, and Hannah Sullivan chipped in 9 points. Lily Fredricks finished the game with 6 points, and Mika Davis rounded out the scoring for the Eaglettes with 2 points.

After the game, Head Coach Tyler Sapp had this to say about the game, “We played hard and played well enough to win the game. We just came up short in the end. I couldn’t be any prouder of the girls and the way they played tonight. They played with heart and never gave up.”

With the loss, the Eaglettes traveled to Byrdstown for a Substate Matchup against the Pickett County Lady Bobcats.

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