Eagles move on to Final 4, CHS eliminatedBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
The East Marion Eagles are heading to the Final Four to play in the Mississippi Coliseum Monday at noon after defeating Piney Woods 82-53 Thursday night.
East Marion (25-5), who was won 21 straight games, will meet Potts Camp after the Cardinals beat Biggersville 86-74 Thursday.
Piney Woods hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter as East Marion led just 18-15 heading into the second quarter, but the Eagles went on a 26-2 run that spanned nine minutes of game time through the end of the second quarter and into the third to pull away.
John Rawls had a huge game, scoring 26 points, controlling the action in the paint on both sides of the floor and throwing down a monster alley oop from Vashon Sims. Caleb Rawls poured in 17 points with a pair of dunks, while Sims had 13, Devin Daniels 12 and Flenard McLin eight.
“It feels very special, but I feel like we aren’t done yet,” John Rawls said after the win. “We know how it feels to make it to the Big House. We had a tough game last year, so we have to play ball now. It feels good, though.”
Meanwhile, the Columbia Wildcats (15-17) season came to an end as they lost to Velma Jackson 69-60. The Wildcats competed well into the fourth quarter, but the Falcons were able to pull away down the stretch.
Pictured Above: East Marion senior John Rawls flushes down a dunk off of a lob from Vashon Sims Thursday night in a win over Piney Woods. | Photo by Joshua Campbell