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Offense Clicks In Knights' Final Scrimmage (11/19/2017)
Senior Luke Thomas scans the Whitefield Academy defense in Marion County's final pre-season scrimmage. Thomas scored 18 points in the contest.
In their final scrimmage of the pre-season on Saturday, the Marion County Knights put up 94 points total against the Whitefield Academy Wildcats in the King Of The Bluegrass Jamboree at Fairdale High School. The Knights won all four quarters of the scrimmage as senior guard Luke Thomas led all scorers with 18 points on 7-14 shooting. Had a running score been kept, Marion County would have claimed a 94-65 win.
Senior Lez Means scored 12 points in the contest and junior guard Trevor Douglas finished with 11 points while shooting 3-4 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore forward Mason Sullivan recorded a team-high four steals while fellow sophomore Tyshay Epps passed out a team-high eight assists. Epps, a 5'10" guard, also excited the crowd when he tried to finish off a fast break with a dunk, but lost the handle on the ball as he was fouled on the play.
(Left) Senior Lez Means drives through the Whitefield Academy defense. (Middle) Tyshay Epps draws a foul on a dunk attempt. (Right) Freshman Dominic White scores in traffic in the JV Knights' scrimmage.
Sophomore forward Jamison Epps grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while scoring nine points. As a team, the Knights out-rebounded the Wildcats 39-35 while forcing the Wildcats into 26 turnovers.
The Junior Varsity Knights also had a strong performance in their scrimmage with the JV Wildcats, winning three of four quarters. Sophomore Isiah May hit four three-point field goals and led the team in scoring with 18 points. Freshman Spencer Lucas also scored double-figures with 15 points.
The public will have one more chance to see the Knights before the official start of the season on Tuesday when they host Knights Madness at the Roby Dome with the Lady Knights. Activities start at 6:30 PM.
MC Looks For Answers In Final Scrimmage (11/18/2017)
The Marion County Knights will play their final scrimmage of the pre-season today at Fairdale High School when they take on the Whitefield Academy Wildcats in the annual King of the Bluegrass Jamboree. The Wildcats finished with a record of 6-19 last season while playing in the tough 6th Region, based in Louisville, but return three of their top five scorers from that squad, including senior guard Tyler Nauert who averaged 11.6 points per game.
The Knights will be looking to improve their consistency on the offensive end of the floor while getting more production off the bench.
Tip-off for the Varsity scrimmage is scheduled for 12:00 noon in Fairdale's main gym following a junior varsity scrimmage between the JV Knights and JV Wildcats at 10:30 AM in Fairdale's small gym.
Knights Struggle With Seneca's Athleticism In First Scrimmage (11/12/2017)
In their first scrimmage of the pre-season, the Marion County Knights had a hard time adjusting to the speed and length of the Seneca Redhawks, losing three of the four quarters played. While the score is erased at the end of each quarter during a scrimmage, had a running score been kept for the game the Knights would have come up short 67-40.
Rather than use a normal rotation of seven or eight players while the contest was in doubt, head coach Montrelle Irvin used a platoon system where he regularly rotated in five players for five players. The system gave Irvin the opportunity to see several more players in action against an unfamiliar opponent and to see how the players would react. It also provided players not in the starting line-up a chance to earn a spot in the usual rotation. Each of Marion County's starters did make the scoring column, led by senior guard Lez Means with 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Sophomore forward Jamison Epps scored 11 while shooting 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Luke Thomas made a three-point field goal and hit 2-for-2 at the charity stripe for 5 points.
The Junior Varsity Knights fared a little better in their scrimmage against Seneca's JV squad, winning the first quarter 20-5 and tied the second quarter before coming up short by two points and one point in the third and fourth quarters. Had a running score been kept the JV Knights would have prevailed 46-34. Freshman guard Spencer Lucas led Marion County in scoring with 12 as nine of the 10 players in uniform contributed points to the team's effort.
Marion County has one more scrimmage before the start of regular season play. This Saturday they will travel to Fairdale High School to face the Whitefield Academy Wildcats in the King of the Bluegrass Jamboree. A JV contest will tip off at 10:30 AM followed by the Varsity scrimmage at 12:00 noon.
Knights Kick Off Pre-Season Against Redhawks (11/11/2017)
Seniors Lez Means (left) and Luke Thomas (right) were the top two scorers for Marion County in the 2016-2017 season.
The Marion County Knights Boys Basketball team will play their first scrimmage of the pre-season today against the Seneca Redhawks at Butler Traditional High School in Shively in the Next Up Recruits Jamboree. The Redhawks posted a 7-17 record last season in the tough 7th Region, based in the heart of Louisville. Marion County finished last year with a record of 15-15 and fell in the opening round of the 20th District Tournament.
The Knights return the top two scorers from the 2016-2017 campaign -- senior guards Lez Means (17.0 PPG) and Luke Thomas (9.2 PPG) -- but the remainder of the Varsity roster is short on experience at that level. Junior Trevor Douglas and sophomore Tyshay Epps will both compete for playing time at the guard position while senior Connor Higdon along with sophomores Jamison Epps and Mason Sullivan will try to earn a spot in the frontcourt.
Marion County and Seneca will play both a Varsity and Junior Varsity scrimmage at the Jamboree. The two varsity squads will square off in the main gym at 12:00 noon, followed by the JV scrimmage in the auxillery gym at 1:15 PM.
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