When the Class AAA No. 1 North Marion girls’ basketball team takes the court today for its 7:15 p.m. quarterfinal game in the state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, it will be as a heavy favorite.

Of course, that is to be expected when you are the two-time defending state champion, feature the two-time state player of the year and have a combined 94-3 record the past three seasons.

North is vying to become the first Class AAA girls’ team to finish a season undefeated since the 2002 Capital team accomplished the feat and only the eighth AAA girls’ team to run the table for a state championship since 1976.

Considering that set of facts, one might be inclined to not give the outcome of this contest a second tought. On paper, North should cruise through this game.

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