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Knights Hold Off Eagles (12/17/2017)
Marion County's Mason Sullivan (10) takes a shot in the first half against Campbellsville.
The Marion County Knights had to overcome foul trouble to hold off a determined Campbellsville Eagles team 75-67 Saturday night in the Roby Dome. Four Marion County starters and two reserves were whistled for at least two fouls in the first half, but steady play from senior guard Lez Means and the second double-double of the season for sophomore forward Mason Sullivan helped the Knights to the eight-point win over their 20th District rival.
The Eagles had some early foul issues of their own with starters Chanson Atkinson and Nataj Sanders both picking up their second fouls within moments of each other midway through the first quarter. Marion County starting center Jamison Epps had been called for his second foul a minute earlier and his replacement Conner Higdon committed his second foul just 20 seconds after Sanders. Still, 12 points in the first by Means helped give Marion County a 26-18 lead entering the second quarter.
Marion County point guard Tyshay Epps was charged with his second foul less than 1:30 into the second period. Moments later senior Luke Thomas was also called for his second and he joined Epps on the bench. In the meantime, the Knights got some valuable minutes from their reserves. Sophomore John Adams scored on a feed from Trevor Douglas and Freshman Kanyon Spalding, playing in just his second varsity game, scored a pair of baskets in the first quarter. The Knights could only muster nine points of offense in the second quarter, but Campbellsville couldn't take advantage -- only managing three field goals in the second quarter themselves -- and Marion County still held a six-point lead at halftime, 35-29.
A three-pointer by Sanders to start the third quarter cut Marion County's lead to just three points before the Knights went on a 10-2 run that was capped by a deep three-point field-goal by Thomas. Moments later Thomas took a feed from Douglas and hit another three-pointer seemingly from the Gravel Switch area of Marion County to keep the Knights' lead at 10 points. The Eagles would not go away, however, and kept whittling away at the lead, pulling even at 59-59 on a pair of free-throws from Connor Wilson with 5:09 left in the fourth quarter. Atkinson scored on a runout to give Campbellsville their first lead since early in the first quarter, but Sullivan answered for the Knights with a basket off an inbounds pass to tie the score at 61-61. Sanders hit a pair of free-throws with 3:51 to play to reclaim the lead for Campbellsville, but that was answered by the Knights with a pair of free-throws from Douglas. Moments later, Douglas found Sullivan in the paint and fed him the ball for another field goal that would give Marion County the lead for good as they went on to improve their record to 6-2 on the season.
(Left) Trevor Douglas (4) drives past Campbellsville's Connor Wilson. (Middle) Lez Means (3) drives for two of his game-high 26 points. (Right) Luke Thomas (0) hits a three-pointer from in front of the Marion County student section.
Despite picking up four second-half fouls, Sullivan scored 12 points to go with 10 rebounds. Sullivan also forced a held-ball with just over 0:23 left in the game to end Campbellsville's last real chance of catching up. Thomas finished the game with 11 points and four steals. Tyshay Epps also battled foul trouble the entire game, but still managed to pass out seven assists before picking up his fifth foul with 1:26 left to play. Rather than his usual role of three-point specialist, Douglas contributed several valuable minutes at the point guard spot finishing with seven points and a career-high five assists. Means scored a game-high 26 points which moved him into 15th place on the list of Marion County's all-time leading scorers, just ahead of Johnny Sandusky. Means needs just four more points to catch the next name on the list, LaBradford Harris. Wilson and John Orberson both scored 13 points to lead Campbellsville. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Next up for Marion County, the Varsity will head to Clinton County High School next week to play in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic where they will face host team Clinton County on Wednesday, South Warren on Thursday, and South Oldham on Friday. The JV Knights will also participate in a JV tournament Thursday morning at Clinton County, but will first play in a Freshmen/Junior Varsity double-header against Campbellsville on Monday at the Roby Dome. The Freshmen game is scheduled for 6:30 PM with the JV following at 7:30 PM.
Knights Dominate Panthers (12/16/2017)
Marion County's Tyshay Epps drains one of his six 3-point FGs against Cumberland County.
The Cumberland County Panthers already knew going into Friday's game with the Marion County Knights that they would have an uphill fight since leading scorer Dawson Smith would not be able to play due to illness. Then the Knights put on one of their best shooting displays in years, scorching the nets for 65.9% shooting -- including 56.5% from beyond the three-point arc -- and crushed the Panthers, 90-48. The win improved Marion County's record to 5-2 and was their fourth victory in a row.
Once again, Knight sophomore point guard Tyshay Epps set a new career-best in scoring with 28 points -- 26 in the first half -- while also setting a personal high with six three-point field goals. Epps also dished out eight assists. After starting Tuesday's game against Green County with a 13-2 run, Marion County began this one with a 13-3 run and never looked back on its way to an eye-popping 70 points in the first half. When Jamison Epps took a feed from Tyshay Epps for a score on the Knights' third possession of the second half, the lead had been pushed to 35 points and the running clock mercy rule was in play. Marion County head coach Montrelle Irvin went as deep as possible into his bench in the first half alone with all 12 players in uniform getting several minutes before the half when the Knights led 70-39. Of the 31 field goals (2-pointers and 3-pointers combined) made by the Knights, a season-high 22 were credited with an assist.
(Left) Connor Higdon fights for a rebound with Cumberland County's Sean-eric Spears. (Middle) Freshman Dominick White scores two of his seven points in the JV contest. (Right) Freshman Ethan Mattingly makes one of his two 3-point shots during the JV game.
Senior guard Lez Means was the only other double-figure scorer for Marion County with 10 points. Starting forward Mason Sullivan and reserve John Adams both scored nine points, and starters Luke Thomas and Jamison Epps both finished with eight points. Cumberland County was led in scoring by senior Sean-Eric Spears with 12 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights will not be able to celebrate long as they host 20th District rival Campbellsville tonight in a girl/boy double-header at the Roby Dome. The Varsity boys are scheduled to begin playing at 7:30 PM following the Lady Knights contest with the Lady Eagles at 6:00 PM.
JV Knights Win Big -- Marion County's JV Knights also came away from Cumberland County with a win, 65-26 over the JV Panthers. John Adams scored 15 for Marion County while Spencer Lucas scored 11. The win improved Marion County's Junior Varsity record to 4-1.
Knights Play Back-To-Back Again This Weekend (12/15/2017)
After playing four games in five days over last weekend, the Marion County Knights will play on back-to-back nights again this weekend. Tonight the team travels to Burkesville to take on the Cumberland County Panthers in a JV/Varsity double-header, then on Saturday will return to the Roby Dome for just the second (and last) time in December to host Campbellsville in a 20th District girl/boy double-header.
The Panthers have dropped their last four games -- including a 70-42 loss to Warren East last night -- to fall to 3-5 on the season. Sophomore guards Dawson Smith and Cameron Owsley are the main offensive threat. Smith averages 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Owsley is averaging 10.4 PPG while shooting 51.9% from the floor and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game. Junior guard Joseph Johnson can be an outside scoring threat, shooting 38.9% from behind the three-point line, while senior Andrew Patterson leads the team in rebounding at 6.0 boards per contest. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 PM Eastern time (6:45 PM Central time) following the Junior Varsity contest at 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central).
Campbellsville's Nataj Sanders (24) leads the team in both scoring (12.2) and rebounding (5.2). (Photo by Jeff Moreland, Central Kentucky News-Journal.)
Campbellsville is 2-3 on the season, including a lop-sided 80-38 loss to Adair County on Tuesday, but got a big win last week when they defeated cross-town rival Taylor County 58-56 in the Cardinals new gymnasium. Junior forward Nataj Sanders leads the Eagles with 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore Malachi Corley and senior Conner Wilson both average 9.8 PPG while seniors Logan Cole and Chanson Adkinson both average just under five rebounds per game. Tip-off in the Roby Dome is scheduled for 7:30 PM Saturday night following the girls' Varsity game at 6:00 PM.
Epps Leads Knights To Win At Green Co. (12/13/2017)
Marion County's Tyshay Epps scores the last of his career-high 17 points in the Knights' win at Green County on Tuesday.
Sophomore point guard Tyshay Epps set another career-high with 17 points to lead the Marion County Knights in a 61-48 win over the Green County Dragons on Tuesday. Epps also passed out a game-high five assists as the Knights improved their season record to 4-2 and have won three games in a row -- all on the road.
Despite the Dragons' methodical offense, the Knights took charge early with a 13-2 run in the first quarter and led 17-7 to start the second. Green County junior Zyler Bardin helped his team get back within six points of the lead late in the second quarter, but Marion County still led by eight at the half, 28-20.
Foul trouble began to cause the Knights problems in the second half. After starting guard Luke Thomas spent much of the second quarter on the bench with two fouls, leading scorer Lez Means picked up his third foul less than two minutes into the third quarter. Green County's Brody Bush then scored a pair of baskets to cut the lead to four points before a lay-up followed by a three-point field goal by Thomas -- both on feeds from Epps -- put the Knights back on top by nine midway through the period, 33-24. Marion County big men Jamison Epps and Mason Sullivan both picked up their fourth fouls early in the fourth quarter and the Dragons took advantage by scoring seven second-chance points in the second half, but it wasn't enough forthe home team. After not scoring a field-goal in the first three quarters, Means drained a pair of three-pointers in the fourth and Green County got no closer than 10 points in the final eight minutes.
(Left) Luke Thomas takes a three-pointer in the first quarter. (Middle) Mason Sullivan scores inside in the second half. (Right) Sophomore John Adams scored a game-high 22 points in the JV Knights' 60-51 win.
In addition to Tyshay Epps' 17 points, Thomas also scored double-figures with 10 points to go with three assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Means finished with nine points and four rebounds. Sullivan scored eight points with six rebounds before fouling out with just 0:30 left in the game. Jamison Epps scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting, but pulled down 10 rebounds -- the fourth time in six games the sophomore has hit double figures in rebounding. Bush led the Dragons with 15 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
With Tuesday's win, Marion County has completed a stretch of four road games in five days, going 3-1 over that span. The Knights will take a pair of days off before heading to Burkesville on Friday to take on the Cumberland County Panthers in a JV/Varsity double-header. The Junior Varsity contest is scheduled for 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central) followed by the Varsity game at 7:45 PM Eastern time (6:45 Central).
JV Knights Knock Off JV Dragons -- Marion County's Junior Varsity Knights improved their record to 3-1 by defeating Green County's JV Dragons, 60-51. Sophomore John Adams poured in a season-high 22 points for Marion County while Spencer Riggs (11 points), Spencer Lucas (11 points) and Dominick White (10 points) also scored double figures.
Knights Jump Out To Early Lead; Coast To Win at Thomas Nelson (12/12/2017)
Marion County's Marcus Yantis scores two of his career-high 12 points between Thomas Nelson's Ben Hite (42) and Hunter Wimsett.
The Marion County Knights opened their game at Thomas Nelson last night with a 16-2 run and never looked back on their way to an 80-54 win over the Generals. But head coach Montrelle Irvin wasn't happy with his team's effort, believing the Knights let up too much down the stretch. Still, five Marion County players scored double-figures and several put up personal bests in several statistical categories.
Junior forward Marcus Yantis came off the bench to score eight of his career-high 12 points in the first quarter to help Marion County to a 23-12 lead at the end of the period. Senior Lez Means also played a big role in the opening run, scoring 7 of his game-high 15 points in the first. Irvin went deep into his bench late in the period, but quickly went back to his main rotation after Thomas Nelson's Hunter Wimsett drained a three-pointer while drawing a foul on the play to pull his team within nine points.
Marion County turned up its full-court press in the second quarter and held the Generals without a field goal for the first 3:30 of the period, increasing their lead to 31-16. The Knights then closed out the half with another run of 11-2 for a 22-point lead at the break.
Irvin took note that Marion County forced the Generals into 24 turnovers, but 16 of those came in the first half. The Knights also dominated Thomas Nelson on the boards 58-38, but gave up a season-high 12 second-chance points to the Generals on offensive rebounds.
Still, Marion County had a balanced offensive attack. In addition to Means' 15 points and Yantis' 12 points, sophomore Jamison Epps recorded his second double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Sophomore point guard Tyshay Epps posted career-highs with 12 points and nine assists. Senior Luke Thomas matched personal bests in rebounds (7) and assists (4) while scoring 12 points. Hunter Wimsett led Thomas Nelson with 14 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
(Left) Jamison Epps pulls down one of his 11 rebounds on his way to his second double-double of the season. (Middle) Point guard Tyshay Epps dished out a career-high 9 assists. (Right) Lez Means shot 6-7 at the free-throw line. After converting only 60.0% of his attempts from the charity stripe in the first two games of the season, Means has shot 88.2% from the line in the last three games.
The Knights are back on the road again tonight with a JV/Varsity double-header at Green County High School. The Junior Varsity match-up is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM Eastern time (5:00 PM Central) with the Varsity following at 7:30 PM Eastern time (6:30 PM Central).
Knights Continue Road Trip To Start Week (12/11/2017)
(Left) Thomas Nelson guard Hunter Wimsett (1) put up 20 points in the Generals' OT loss to Bethlehem (photo by Peter Zubaty, Kentucky Standard). (Right) Green County's Isaac Young is the only senior on the Dragons' roster (photo by Angelina Alcott, Greensburg Record-Herald).
After improving their record to .500 on Saturday with an 87-51 win over the Bethlehem Eagles, the Marion County Knights continue a challenging part of their schedule with a pair of road games tonight and tomorrow. This evening the Knights will take another trip to Bardstown to face the Generals at Thomas Nelson High School, and tomorrow will trek to Greensburg to face the Dragons of Green County High School. After playing at Adair County on Friday and Bethlehem on Saturday, that will make four games on the road in five days for Marion County.
Thomas Nelson has struggled to a 1-5 record so far this season with their first win coming on Saturday -- a 71-60 victory over Eminence High School. The Generals have had difficulty generating offensive production, averaging only 51.3 points per game. By comparison, the Knights are averaging 80.3 PPG. The Generals do have a solid player in junior guard Hunter Wimsett, who is averaging almost 11 points per contest and scored 20 in an overtime loss to Bethlehem. But Wimsett has not had much support from the rest of the Generals' roster. Game-time is scheduled for 6:00 PM as the first game of a boy/girl double-header.
Green County started the season dropping their first three games, but have won their last two contests including a 73-69 overtime win against Caverna on Friday. The Dragons are a very young team with only one senior on the roster -- center Isaac Young. Young leads the team in both scoring (14.5 PPG) and rebounding (7.3 RPG). Junior guard Bobby Landis also averages double-figures in scoring at 10.3 PPG. Game-time for the Varsity contest on Tuesday is set for 7:30 PM Eastern time (6:30 PM Central time) following a JV game at 6:00 PM Eastern time (5:00 PM Central time).
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