Lady Eagles aim for quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Ragan Blinzler drives the baseline for Pierce City during varsity action on Friday. Kyle Troutman/

Pierce City, Crane meet for 3rd time in last 4 sectionals

Familiar foes enter the Class 2 sectional tonight in Carthage, as the Pierce City and Crane girls basketball team prepare to battle for the right to advance to the state quarterfinals on Saturday.

The teams have met in the sectional round three times in the last four seasons, and all three times, the Lady Pirates have claimed victory en route to eventual state championships.

“They know how to win games,” said Rob Guerin, Pierce City coach. “You can't look past them at all.”

This year, there are some big differences than in the past. Pierce City (21-4) already owns a 46-39 win over Crane (11-15) and the Lady Pirates graduated nearly all of the players that helped them claim the trio of consecutive state titles.

“They still have Madison Hicks, who averages around 22 points per game,” Guerin said. “You have to account for her on the floor at all times.”
Guerin said he does not plan to change much in the way the Lady Eagles' approach to the rematch.

“We need to play loose and value the ball,” Guerin said. “Our biggest strength has been our ability to work as a team and share the load. That is what we will need to get a win on Wednesday.”

Pierce City is led in scoring by Belle Golubski, with 14.1 points per game; Kendyl Hayward, 11.9; and Ragan Blinzler, 10.5.

Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m.

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