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Veteran Swamp Foxes gearing up for run at another region champoinship

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The 2019/20 season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for the Marion Foxes as they are still trying to find the consistency they need if they are going to repeat as region champs in head coach Leon Johnson first year at the helm of the Marion basketball program.

“I'm grateful for the opportunity to coach these young men and we hope that we have some impact on their game and life. I do want to thank my assistant coach, Chris Sanders, for the great job that he is doing,” said coach Johnson.

Currently the Swamp Foxes sit at 11-7/ 3-0 after dispatching region foe Lake City 74-58 Wednesday night. The game was tight in the first half but Marion outscored Lake City by 14 in the second half to pull away for the win.

“Yes, we have gotten off to an up and down start but when you play quality opponents it only prepares you for region play,” Johnson said. “Our team has played up to our expectations. Our goal has not changed, we still have our eyes on winning the region and getting to the state playoffs.”

The Swamp Foxes return a veteran starting lineup with two seniors and three juniors. The seniors are Saequan McCullough and AJ Vaught while juniors are TJ Sanders, Mac Washington and Zy Charles. Vaught is third on the team in scoring at 13 points per game after averaging 10 last year. He is also handing out three assists a night.

Sanders is averaging a double/ double again this season with 18 points and 12 boards a game. He has shown his all-around game this by dominating in the paint and stepping behind the arc to drill the three.

Second on the team in scoring and rebounding is Washington. He knocks down 17 a night and cleans the glass to the tune of 10 a game. He and McCullough are two of three team captains.

McCullough averages six points a game while Charles chips in with five.

The third captain is senior DeVonte Allen. He has been solid off the bench for the Swamp Foxes. He was also recently named to the High School Sports Report AAA All-State football team.

Also playing big minutes off the pine are seniors Dewight Allen, Divine Wilson, and Davion Davis.

“We must stay focus with our eyes on the prize and play as one. We can repeat as region champs and go deep into the state playoffs if we continue to play as a team that's hungry to win the state championship,” said Johnson






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