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Marion High School

Lady Swamp Foxes set to battle Keenan Lady Raiders for AAA State Championship

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Writer

Goose Creek – After dispatching May River 52-40 in the Lower State Championship game the Marion Lady Foxes are headed to Columbia with a chance to not only win their first state championship since 2008/09, they have a chance to break a tie with Monetta and Bowman for the most state championships in girls history. The three programs are tied with 8 titles according to Palmetto’s finest which is tops in state history.

The Lady Swamp Foxes outscored the Lady Sharks 36-22 in the second and fourth quarters which was the difference in the game. Junior Kimbrie’l Barnes and senior Keyla Britt led the team in scoring against May River with 15 and 14 points respectively.

“Winning the lower state title is exciting but our goal all year long has been to win the state championship. Our girls have remained focused all year and we will play Swamp Foxes basketball,” said head coach Crasten Davis.

Our girls need to stay humble and hungry and we need to prepare for everything they do. They have the player of the year and it will be a challenge. We will be ready for it,” coach Davis said.

Keenan (20-6/10-0) comes into the for the second year in a row after beating Seneca 71-49. They are led by AAA player of the year freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley. She comes into the game averaging 26.4 points per game. The Lady Raiders have four other ladies averaging at least six points per night.

The Lady Swamp Foxes are led by juniors Mariah Moody, Tanaja Lester and Barnes. Each one averages in double figures with Lester at 12.2, Barnes at 10.8 and Moody at 10.4. Lester was recently named to the SCBCA AAA All State team. They are all being looked at by several schools.

Also receiving post season accolades is Britt. She will be playing in the North/ South All Star game. On the year she is averaging 7.9 points a night and a team high 3.3 assists. She has scored over 800 points for Marion during her career.

Senior Precious Davis leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 per game and chips in with five points while sophomore Kanyiah Davis is averaging 7.8 points per game.

On the boy’s side junior TJ Sanders was named to SCBCA AAA All State team after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds per game. It is the second straight year he has averaged a double/ double.

 

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