Updated Fri, Jan 24, 2014 8:30 pm
The Marietta Pioneers (8-8, 2-7) look to avoid falling below .500 for the first time all season, as they battle the Wilmington Quakers (9-7, 6-3) Friday night in Ban Johnson Arena.
The Pios are currently in the midst of a 4-game losing streak and have fallen to eighth in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Paige Lamb, a senior guard for the Pios, knows exactly what they need to do to get back on track.
“As a team, we just need to fine-tune the little things that [have not] gone our way.” Lamb said. “We just need to start controlling the game and we will get back on track.”
The Quakers come into the game winners of five out of their last six games. They have averaged 71 points during those wins while only allowing 56.4. Wilmington is led by senior Haley Howard, who averages just under 14 points a game and six assists a game.
“They are a good team.” Lamb said. “If we play good defense and keep them in front, we will be alright.”
Marietta is not having the recent success like the Quakers. During its 4-game losing streak, Marietta is only averaging 65.2 points a game while giving up 79.5, including 88 points to No. 16 John Carroll University.
Although they have dropped their last two games at home, the Pioneers are 6-2 inside Ban Johnson Arena and have averaged 76 points a contest. Marietta outrebounds its opponents by an average of seven boards a game and need to do just that Saturday night.
If Marietta plans on getting back on track, it needs big games from senior Tori Dixon who is averaging 12.3 points a game and junior Candice Alexander, who is the leading scorer for the Pios with 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and shoots just under 60 percent from the field.
Tipoff it set for 3 p.m. Saturday inside Ban Johnson Arena.