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The Marion girls earned their victory against West Memphis on Feb. 6.

The Marion girls earned their victory against West Memphis on Feb. 6.

Photo by Mary Claire Reece

Photo by Mary Claire Reece

The Marion girls earned their victory against West Memphis on Feb. 6.

Sarah Parker, Reporter

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With only three regular games left in the basketball season, the Lady Patriots are ready to prove that they are far from finished. The team is currently 11-13 overall and 7-8 in conference play.

Following the final three games, the team will play in the district tournament. If they win two out of the three tournament games, they will advance to the Arkansas 6A state tournament, which will be held in West Memphis beginning Feb. 28.   

Coach Shunda Johnson feels that the girls are lacking in consistency, but she is confident that they can improve.

“I think that we are gonna get it, I really do. I just hope that it is in time,” Johnson conveyed.

Before the season started, Johnson said that the team needed to work on their rebounding skills, communication skills and sharing the ball. Reflecting on the season, she feels that there has been lots of improvement and is still room for more.

“I really believe that we have improved on our rebounding, and I say that because now we have more kids rebounding. We are still lacking a bit in communication because it all falls back down to being consistent. We are not being consistent. We are not where I would like us to be as far as sharing the ball goes, but we are definitely doing better,” Johnson explained.

Out of all the players, Johnson feels that senior Angel Davie has grown the most. She explained how “very coachable” Davie is, and how consistent she is. She commended Davie for working harder over the last couple of years and is very proud of her.

“I have become coachable, and I try not to let my emotions get the best of me, and that is one thing I feel like I have grown from. I also feel like I have also gotten mentally stronger,” Davie said.

Photo by Mary Claire Reece

Senior Angel Davie looks for a pass at the West Memphis game on Feb. 6.

On Feb. 6, the team took on hometown rivals: the West Memphis Blue Devils. During the first half, the girls were behind 24-32. The team was able to regroup and find their strength, eventually winning with a score of 60-50.

“As a team and individually, we have been working hard the entire summer before and during this season. It feels amazing to finally showcase all of the work done. It is only that much more special that we allowed our talent to take over and secure the win over West Memphis,” Mikiya McAdory, junior center, beamed.

Come support the Patriots in their next home game against Valley View on Friday, Feb. 9, in the arena and at senior night on Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.

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