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End Of An Era: Johnson reflects on finale at Marion County

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Mike Johnson received a plaque on Tuesday night following the final home game in his last season as the head coach of Marion County girls basketball. Mike Johnson received a plaque on Tuesday night following the final home game in his last season as the head coach of Marion County girls basketball.
Johnson has spent over 20 years coaching at both the junior high and high school levels at Marion County. Johnson has spent over 20 years coaching at both the junior high and high school levels at Marion County.

PHILADELPHIA, Mo. (WGEM) -- For the past 23 years Mike Johnson has been the pulse of Marion County girls basketball at both the Jr. high and high school levels.

He grew a varsity program from the ground floor all the way to a state championship, and will move on from his coaching career at the end of this season.

Johnson walked off of the home floor for the final time this past week on senior night, with a fitting and bitter sweet Lady Mustang victory.

"I really just want them to remember that we had a program where the kids played hard, they did their best to play together, understood the commitment that it took, and just had pride in Marion County basketball," Johnson told WGEM Sports.

"They took pride in their school and pride in where they're from. To me, that's probably what every coach would like to have."

While Johnson's coaching duties may have come to an end at the gym they call 'The Stable,' his work is not quite over.

The postseason awaits with the hopes of one last magic run for the man in the red jacket.

"Right now I think we're playing as good as we have played all year," he expressed."

"It's a good time of the year to be doing it, and hopefully we can keep that train rolling, but it's basketball so you never know."

"Right now we feel really good about how we're playing."

The Lady Mustangs finished off another strong regular season at (13-9) overall , and will get underway in the Class 1, District 10 tournament on Saturday against Brashear.

Tip-off from Madison High School is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
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