High School Sports

2A Girls pregame: Southside vs. Marion

WHO Southside Tigers vs. Marion Swamp Foxes

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena

ONLINE BROADCAST: www.schsl.tv

RECORDS: Marion 25-2, Southside 24-4

COACHES: Leon Sturkey, Marion; Lamont Wakefield, Southside

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Swamp Foxes return their starting lineup from the 2008-09 squad that won the state title. They average 71 points per game, including 14 points from their bench. Southside might be the underdog, but its small, productive lineup is dangerous from 3-point range, which should help negate Marion's size advantage inside.

STARTING LINEUPS

Tigers:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

G 5-6 Nakia Young 12.5

G/F 5-8 Esaliya Mosley 9.6

F 5-9 Jasmine Franklin 12.4

F 5-10 Chelsea Walker 12.9

G 5-8 McKenzie Weston 11.5

Swamp Foxes

POS. HT. NAME PPG

G 5-4 Jessica Grant 7.1

G 5-6 Amira Timmons 8.3

G 5-6 Amber Timmons 10.6

C 6-0 Geneika Brantley 17.3

F 5-9 Candace Wright 14.3

BOTTOM LINE

The Tigers knocked off previously undefeated Eau Claire in the semifinals with their speed and a 69 percent effort from the free-throw line. The Swamp Foxes will have to play smart to keep Southside off the line and get ahead.

- Akilah Imani Nelson

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