Marietta High will be seeking a regular-season sweep when it hosts Warren in a Senior Night non-conference girls' basketball game at Sutton Gym at 7:30 p.m. today.
The Amy Colgrove-coached Lady Warriors, of course, will be looking to even the count.
"Looking forward to getting back on the court after all the cancellations due to weather," Colgrove said. "Marietta is a very good team and this game will help us prepare for the tournament next week."
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Lauren Martin (25) looks to drive to the basket against Zanesville at Sutton Gym Saturday. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to host Warren tonight.
When the two big-school, Washington County rivals first met on the hardwood on Dec. 4, 2013, at Vincent, the Mark Hannuksela-led Lady Tigers claimed a 55-45 decision.
Currently, MHS owns a 14-5 overall record and is 8-4 in the East Central Ohio League.
Warren is 8-9 and 5-2 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League.
"I have not seen Warren play since we played them the first time," Hannuksela said. "But I have been following them from afar a little bit.
"It's Marietta-Warren, and I know they'll be coming at us hard. It's a cliche that you can throw the records out, but nobody likes to lose this game on their home floor."
Marietta is coming off a bounce-back win, a 47-42 triumph over visiting, ECOL-leading Zanesville Saturday. Last Wednesday (Jan. 29), the host Lady Tigers squandered a 19-point halftime deficit to River View and lost 47-44 in double overtime.
The Lady Warriors are hoping to get back on track after falling 51-45 to undefeated Athens (20-0) Saturday and 73-45 to SEOAL-leading Jackson last Friday night.
The royal blue and white cagers have suffered five consecutive setbacks.
"That makes them a more dangerous team on the pride factor alone," Hannuksela said.
In the December meeting between MHS and Warren, Lauren Martin paced the orange and black offense with a game-high 16 points. Starr Johnson was instant offense off the pine with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Alle Moore chipped in with 10 markers.
Lain Weppler, one of the Lady Tigers' top scorers, was limited to six points but grabbed nine boards.
Taylor Smith also helped on the glass with eight caroms.
As a team, Marietta shot 41 percent (18-44) from the floor.
Some other Lady Tigers to keep an eye on will be Brittany Deskins, Madison Miller, and Audrey May.
Warren, meanwhile, probably thought there was a lid on the basket as it shot 31 percent (16-51) from the field. Victoria Buzzard (16 ppg average) and Sarah Proctor each had 10 points to lead the Lady Warriors.
"Warren has a couple of capable scorers, who like to shoot the three," Hannuksela said. "So, we're going to have to guard them on the perimeter."
Look for Kendra Lynch, Katie Rauch, Adrienne Lang, Audrey Bowe, Josey Riffle, and Kelsey Bartmess to also see court time against Marietta.
The Lady Warriors had a subpar first half (15 points) against Athens, but outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 30-29, after the intermission. Buzzard led the way with 16 points, and Rauch grabbed eight rebounds.
Warren again struggled with its shooting touch, making just 18 of 49 overall (.367) from the floor and two of 12 (.167) from three-point range.
After Warren, Marietta is scheduled to host Vinton County in a makeup game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers then will travel to Dover Monday at 7:30 p.m. "That'll be three games in five days," Hannuksela said. "It's a tough stretch."