John David Markins
As hosts of the Class 1A Region 8 Tournament, both the East Marion Eagles and Lady Eagles didn’t disappoint the home crowd.
Both squads cruised through the district tournaments and clinched No. 1 seeds in the state playoffs, which began Monday for the girls and Tuesday for the boys.
The East Marion Eagles (18-3, 7-0) more than took care of business last week to clinch the Class 1A Region 8 regular season title — they dominated and made it look easy, extending their winning streak to eight games and have won 15 of their last 16 contests.
The last time the Eagles took on Stone in what head coach Calvin Brown summarized as the last chance to play every player on the roster and test out a different way of playing, they experienced their worst loss of the season, 80-45.
Taking on an 0-15 team as one of the best teams in its classification, East Marion (14-3, 3-0) rightfully discarded the Salem Wildcats with ease Friday night at home in a 60-point, 77-17 win.
Over the first two quarters, the Eagles outscored Salem 23-4 and 28-3, respectively, and cruised through the second half with a running clock.
The East Marion Lady Eagles (9-7, 3-0) took care of business on their home court Friday night, defeating Salem (1-14) 65-11.
East Marion held Salem scoreless in the first quarter while scoring 21 points, setting the tone for the rest of the game.