Posted On: 02/8/21 6:00 PM

The favorite: Coming off the school’s first-ever state tournament appearance last year, Martensdale-St. Marys is on a mission to improve on last year’s first-round loss, and they’ve gotten off to a fantastic start. As of writing, the Blue Devils are 18-0 with 1A’s third highest-scoring offense (75.1 points a game) and seventh-ranked defense (39.9 points). Senior wing Trey BakerTreyBaker6'4" | SFMartensdale-St. Mary's | 2021StateIA (14.1) leads four Devils who average in double-figures for this high-powered attack. Jack FraneyJackFraney5'7" | PGMartensdale-St. Marys | 2021StateIA (12.9, 7.4 assists) is one of the better pure point guards in 1A, and Carson ElbertCarsonElbert6'3" | SFMartensdale-St. Marys | 2021StateIA (11.1, 40.0 3P%) and Hogan FraneyHoganFraney6'0" | CGMartensdale-St. Mary's | 2022StateIA (11.0, 38.1 3P%) give this group some perimeter shooting. They don’t have much traditional size, but with their ability to spread teams out on offense, and use their quickness to create issues on the defensive end, they’re a very formidable group.

The biggest threat: After getting off to a bit of a slow start, Earlham has won five straight, and the Cardinals are tested, playing against a 2A schedule. Senior guard TJ HarkinsTJHarkins6'0" | SGEarlham | 2021StateIA (14.9, 40.8 3P%) is one of the better pure shooters in the state,

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