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The magical season of the Marksville Lady Tigers came to an end Saturday night at University High School in Baton Rouge. The top seeded and defending state champs, University High, defeated Marksville 73-51 in Class-AAA quarterfinals.
Marksville finished the season with a 22-8 record while University High improved to 30-2.
A complete story on the game will be found in the Marksville Weekly News and the Bunkie Record this week.
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After three days of weather delays, the Marksville Lady Tigers promptly went out and advanced to the Class-AAA quarterfinals with a 58-48 win over the Richwood Lady Rams on Thursday night in Marksville. The eighth seeded Lady Tigers will play the number one seeded University Lady Cubs on Saturday evening in Baton Rouge. Tipoff for the game is set for 6 p.m.
Marksville improved to 22-7 over all while Richwood ended their season at 19-11. It will be the first time that Marksville has reached the state quarterfinals since 2008. In 2008, the Lady Tigers made it to the state semi-finals in the Top 28 basketball Tournament. It will the first time that Marksville Head Coach Heath Lewis will coach a team in the state quarterfinals.
Marksville never trailed in the game and as the third quarter ended Marksville had its largest lead of the night at 13 points, 47-34. Richwood made a run and cut the Marksville lead to 49-46 with 2:50 left in the game but the Lady Tigers outscored Richwood, 11-2 in the closing moments to pull out the ten-point win, 58-48.
Marksville was led by Hazel Young with 22 points while Teonna Barkley threw in nine points. Kyka Harris added eight huge points for the Lady Tigers off the bench.
Shay Thomas paced Richwood with 12 points. Shelby Augustine added 11 points for the Lady Rams.
“We knew they were a running team before the game,” Coach Lewis said after the game. “The question was if they could run with us. I just felt we played faster tonight than Richwood did and it paid off.”
Lewis added he didn’t feel the three day layoff hurt his team. He said his team kept practicing and waiting until the game could be played. He added one of the keys to the game was the physical play of the game. He said his team battled hard with the taller Lady Rams all night.
Richwood Head Coach Kristy Brothers said the weather delay was not an excuse for her team being beaten.
“It was simple, Marksville played team ball and we missed far too many free throws,” Brothers said. The Lady Rams only connected on 12 of 25 free throws in the game.
Another key for the Lady Rams was youth. “When we got the margin down to three points late in the game, I felt we were in good position,” Brothers said. “Then our youth showed as the game ended.” Richwood has three juniors, a sophomore and freshman starting. Marksville has three seniors, a sophomore and freshman starting.
Winter weather has forced the second round Class-AAA girls basketball game between Richwood High of Monroe and Marksville High to be moved for a third time this week.
The game will be played on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Marksville High gym. The winner of the game will face top seeded University High on Saturday in the state quarterfinals. If Marksville wins they will have to travel to Baton Rouge. No game time has been set for Baton Rouge.
Winter weather has hit the northern part of Louisiana all week. Ice and snow has prevented Richwood from traveling. The weather is expected to improve later today and Thursday.
Marksville has not played in a week after defeating Rayville, 49-48, in the first round of the playoffs last Thursday night.
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