Marked Tree tops EPC for district title
Marked Tree and EPC school are only 10 miles apart but the teams traveled over three hours to meet in the 2A-2 district finals this past Saturday in Cotter. The Indians (18-8) jumped out early and never looked back as they downed the Warriors (19-8) 77-66 to claim the title, their second in a row.
Tray Brown opened the scoring for Marked Tree with a three-pointer as J'Sebian Brown hit two free throws for EPC to make it 3-2 Indians. Markel Perry and Colby Malone scored back to back baskets for Marked Tree before Des Barnes hit a jumper for the Warriors making it 7-4 Indians. Marked Tree scored the next eight points as Malone scored off the fast break, Tray Brown canned another three-pointer, Nick Andrews hit one of two free throws ans Julian Booker went coast to coast for a lay-up to make it 15-4 Indians with 2:04 left. Xzavier Reed netted a three-pointer for EPC before the Indians got inside scores from Perry and Andrews followed by a stick back basket from Perry to make the score 21-7 Marked Tree after one.
Barnes and Brown scored back to back baskets for EPC to start the second quarter before Malone canned a three-ball for Marked Tree to make it 24-11 Indians. Reed netted another three-pointer for EPC only to see the Indians get a three-ball from Booker, two free throws from Kentarius Allen, a coast to coast lay-up from Perry and a fast break lay-up from Tray Brown to make it 33-14. An EPC player was whistled for a technical foul as Tray Brown hit one of the two technical free throws to make it 34-14 Marked Tree. Reed put back an offensive rebound for EPC, Tray Brown scored from the paint for the Indians, Isaiah Taylor hit a jumper for the Warriors before Paul Coleman got a score down low for Marked Tree to make it 38-18 Indians with 2:07 left. Malone converted an old-fashioned three-point play for Marked Tree as EPC got back to back from jumpers from Brown and Travis Joplin before Joplin converted a conventional three-point play for the Warriors to make the score 41-24 Marked Tree. Tray Brown scored off the break with five seconds left making the score 43-24 Indians at the half.
Complete game story in February 23 edition of the PCDT!