Meek gets past Marion County in thriller

Tigers host sub-region game Tuesday

By JEFFERY WINBORNE, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 2/9/18

ARLEY — In a game that saw 15 lead changes, the most important came with just 24 seconds left in the contest when Meek took over and hung on for a 68-63 win over the Marion County Red Raiders at home in the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament finals on Friday night.

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Meek gets past Marion County in thriller

Tigers host sub-region game Tuesday

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ARLEY — In a game that saw 15 lead changes, the most important came with just 24 seconds left in the contest when Meek took over and hung on for a 68-63 win over the Marion County Red Raiders at home in the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament finals on Friday night.

Meek will host a sub-region game on Tuesday against the loser of tonight’s Belgreen-Tharptown matchup.

“Our guys had been here the last couple of years,” first-year Meek coach Allan Henderson said. “I told them, ‘You’ve been here before, you’ve just got to take the next step. Let’s win this time.’ I’m so proud of them.”

Against Marion County, the Tigers (24-5) came into the fourth period with a five-point lead but the Raiders managed to tie the game at 60 each with just under three minutes remaining.

With a one-point lead and less than a minute left, Marion County’s Braden Pyron sent Meek’s Caleb Aaron to the free-throw line with a chance to retake the lead, but he missed both attempts. Aaron got the steal on the Raiders’ ensuing possession and Luke Sherer put up two points with a driving layup to give the Tigers the 64-63 lead.

“When we were down one, we went and doubled them, got the turnover and Luke scored on the layup. That was the difference right there,” Henderson said.

Marion County, trailing by three points at 66-63, called its final timeout with just seven seconds remaining, but the 3-point attempt was missed. Meek’s Jacob Woodard was fouled with just over two seconds remaining and made both attempts to seal the win for the Tigers.

Six different players scored for Meek, but it was Woodard who led the Tigers in scoring on the night with 22 points, including going 8-of-11 at the free-throw line. Sherer put up 16 points, with six coming in the first quarter. Both Kevin Chino and Aaron had nine points.

Meek trailed by as many as five points twice in the game but managed to come back each time due in part to Chino scoring three 3-point shots in the second.

The Tigers led 15-14 after the first quarter, 33-31 at the half and 53-49 going into the fourth quarter.

For Marion County (15-10, 7-1), Braden Pyron was 40 percent of the Raiders’ scoring attack, putting up 25 points on the night. He shot for 16 points from the field and went 9-for-12 at the free throw line.

Henderson commended the Meek faithful for backing the team Friday night.

“Our crowd was unreal,” Henderson said. “What a great atmosphere for a 1A basketball game. That’s what I love about being here. There is so much pride in the community and the school.”

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Area 12 All-Tournament Team

Meek

Jacob Woodard, Luke Sherer, Haydon Twilley and Caleb Aaron

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Addison

Logan Wilkins and Jake Blackburn

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Lynn

Noah Jackson and Ethan Delay