Class 4A-2 District 3 Week 9 Preview

(Author’s Note: Burlington clinched the District Championship last week; Anderson County was eliminated last week)

Iola @ Girard – This is one of the MANY “win-and-you’re-in” match-ups this week in the Southeast Kansas region. This is one of the rare match-ups where the two teams are evenly matched. Both are 3-5 overall. Both teams have only won back-to-back games mid-way through the season. Iola’s offensive average is 19 points per game while surrendering 30 points per game on defense. Girard’s offensive average is 16 points per game while giving up an average of 26 points per game.

Iola is 3 for their last 4 while Girard is 2-2 in that same span. In that span Iola’s offense is averaging 30 points per game and giving up 27 points per game. Girard is averaging 26 points per game offensively and giving up 20 points on defense.

The key to this game for Iola is for their defense to put together 4 quarters of “bend but don’t break”. The key to this game for Girard is put the game away early on offense and not let Iola stick around late. Girard’s offense has shown they are slow to get going, but once they start they are hard to stay with.