Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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January 9, 2013

Lady Eagles stifling defense leads to two huge weekend wins

AMERICUS — They say defense wins championships, and if that phrase holds true then the Marion County Lady Eagles are well on their way to a region and possibly a state championship. In two games over the weekend, the Lady Eagles from Buena Vista surrendered only 55 total points on their way to two huge victories over Region 4-A opponents. After a very impressive 68-36 Friday night victory over Central Talbotton, the Lady Eagles improved their already stellar defensive effort even more by knocking off the Pacelli Lady Vikings 53-19 at home on Saturday night.

On Friday the Lady Eagles started a little slow before finding a second gear in the second half of their match-up with Region 4-A rival Central Talbotton. Marion County fell behind 12-10 in the first period to the Lady Hawks before storming back to outscore Central 14-10 in the second period and claim a 24-22 halftime lead.

After the break, Marion County head coach Dwanna Carter’s halftime challenge was answered with resounding success as the girls came out of the locker room on fire. In the third period the Lady Eagles outscored Central 16-8 before dropping the hammer on the Lady Hawks in the final period with a 28-6 exclamation point. Following the huge second half, the Lady Eagles claimed a massive 68-36 victory in what was a very close first half game.

Junior guard Jada Gardner led the way for the Lady Eagles with 18 points, followed by Chelsy Haynes and Aisha Ansley with 16 points each. Haynes narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds, and Ansley added seven rebounds and seven assists to her solid stat line.

Following the huge win the Lady Eagles returned home to the safe confines of Marion County High School on Saturday night to take on the Pacelli Lady Vikings in another Region 4-A contest. The Lady Eagles were definitely comfortable on their home court, and at the end of the night they handed Pacelli a very impressive defeat to move to 3-0 in Region 4-A play.

In this game the Lady Eagles came out on fire from the opening tip as they claimed an early 13-3 lead following the first period. The second period would be more of the same from Marion as their defense held the Lady Vikings to four second period points to claim a massive 28-7 lead going into the break.

Marion County would not slow down in the second half either, outscoring the Lady Vikings 10-3 in the third period and 15-9 in the fourth period to take the impressive 53-19 victory. The Lady Eagles not only held Pacelli under 10 points in each of the four periods, but also to less than 20 points in the final score.

Haynes had another huge game and this time got her double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ansley narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Aiyanna Crumbley scored 13 points and had four rebounds.


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