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Taylor Co. Wins District; Four Knights Receive Honors (2/28/2015)
The Taylor County Cardinals defeated the Adair County Indians 84-54 to win the championship of the 20th District Tournament at Campbellsville's Paul J. Coop Gym on Saturday night. Taylor County's Quentin Goodin scored 26 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Members of the 2015 20th District All-Academic team (L-R): Marion County's Jaren Epps, Adair County's Aaran Taylor, Campbellsville's Austin Hash, and Taylor County's John Chewning.
In post-game ceremonies four members of the Marion County Knights were named to the All-District Academic Team, season All-District team, and tournament All-District team. Sophomore Jaren Epps was named to the academic all-district team along with Adair County senior Aaran Taylor, Campbellsville junior Austin Hash, and Taylor County senior John Chewning. Marion County seniors Anton Cowherd and Chase Lancaster, and sophomore Isaac Lanham were named to the season all-district team.
(L-R) Marion County's Anton Cowherd, Isaac Lanham, and Chase Lancaster receive their post-season awards from Campbellsville High School principal Kirby Smith. Cowherd was named to the season all-district team. Lanham and Lancaster were named to both the season and tournament all-district teams.
Lancaster and Lanham were also named to the district all-tournament team. Lancaster scored 19 points and shot 4-6 from behind the three-point arc in the Knights' loss to Adair County. Lanham posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Season All-20th District Team Members: Quentin Goodin (Taylor County); Anton Cowherd (Marion County); Chance Melton (Adair County); Damontez Smith (Campbellsville); Zach Hutchison (Adair County); Brandon Berry (Taylor County); Blake Clark (Campbellsville); Austin Webster (Taylor County); A.J. Vaught (Campbellsville); Isaac Lanham (Marion County); Chase Lancaster (Marion County).
Season All-20th District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Chance Melton, Quentin Goodin, Zach Hutchison, Brandon Berry, and Austin Webster; (Back Row, L-R) Anton Cowherd, Blake Clark, A.J. Vaught, Isaac Lanham, and Chase Lancaster. (Absent from photo: Damontez Smith).
Tournament All-20th District Team Members: Brandon Berry (Taylor County); Quentin Goodin (Taylor County); Zach Hutchison (Adair County); Chase Lancaster (Marion County); Isaac Lanham (Marion County); Cameron Lasley (Adair County); David Sloan (Taylor County); Damontez Smith (Campbellsville); A.J. Vaught (Campbellsville); and Austin Webster (Taylor County).
Tournament All-20th District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Brandon Berry, Quentin Goodin, David Sloan, and Austin Webster; (Back Row, L-R) A.J. Vaught, Isaac Lanham, Chase Lancaster, Zach Hutchison, and Cameron Lasley.
Knights Fall To Adair In District Tourney (2/27/2015)
Despite a double-double from sophomore Isaac Lanham and a game-high 19 points from senior Chase Lancaster, the Marion County Knights came up short to the Adair County Indians 64-56 in the opening round of the 20th District Tournament at Campbellsville's Paul J. Coop Gym on Thursday night. The Knights had beaten Adair County three times this season, but this time the Indians hit 51.1% of their shots from the floor and had four players put up double-figures in points.
Marion County senior Chase Lancaster eyes a three-point attempt in the Knights' 20th District Tournament game against Adair County. Lancaster shot 4-6 from behind the arc.
After a 12-day layoff due to last week's snow storm, the Knights got off to a hot start with a 10-1 run to open the game. But starting point guard Tyler Wethington picked up his second foul just 4:35 into the first quarter and went to the bench for all but the last two seconds of the first half. Also, leading scorer Anton Cowherd severely jammed a finger on his shooting hand early in the game, limiting his shooting and rebounding. Cowherd played through the injury, but finished with just 10 points and no rebounds.
Adair County's Melton brothers -- sophomore Chance and freshman Corey -- led the Indians on a surge that tied the score at 18-18 by the end of the first quarter. In the second, sophomore guard Cameron Lasley led a 13-3 run that helped give the Indians a 35-29 lead at the half.
The third quarter went back-and-forth with the Indians stretching the lead to as much as nine points and the Knights cutting it to as little as three points, but entering the fourth period Adair County still held on to a six-point advantage, 50-44. After getting fouled on a three-point shot attempt, Lancaster hit two of three free-throws to pull Marion County within four, but Lasley and senior Noah Polston scored on back-to-back possessions for the Indians to stretch the lead back to eight.
(Left) Isaac Lanham soars above three Adair County players for one of his 15 rebounds. (Middle) Anton Cowherd drives for two of his 10 points while playing with an injured shooting hand. (Right) Senior guard Paul Schneider sinks a pair of free-throws in the third quarter.
With under three minutes to play, Lanham scored on one of his eight offensive rebounds to pull the Knights within five points, but missed a chance to cut the lead further a minute later when a pair of free-throws were off the mark. Corey Melton and Zach Hutchison scored on Adair County's next two possessions to make the score 62-53 with just under a minute left in the game. Wethington sank a deep three-pointer to pull the Knights within six points, but that was as close as Marion County would get. Hutchison sank a pair of free-throws before the Knights emptied the bench with 0:18 left to play.
Lancaster went 4-6 from three-point territory and finished with 19 points in his last game for Marion County. Fellow senior Cowherd played through his hand injury to score 10 points and dish out a pair of assists. Lanham finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds -- eight on the offensive end that led to 13 second-chance points for the Knights. For Adair County, Lasley led the way with 17 points and Hutchison scored 14, including a perfect 5-5 at the charity stripe. Chance Melton finished with 13 points while younger brother Corey scored 10. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
(Left) Marion County's Anthony Tonge (21) guards Adair County's Zach Hutchison. (Middle) Senior Clay Rodgers (3) starts a fast break after pulling down a rebound. (Right) Marion County senior Jalen Powell scans the Adair County defense.
Adair County will play top-seed Taylor County in the tournament championship game Saturday at Campbellsville High School at 7:00 PM Eastern time. Both teams will advance to next week's 5th Region Tournament at Green County High School. Marion County's season has come to an end with an overall record of 14-11.
Note: Cowherd's two assists gave him 149 for his career, making him 15th on the school's list of all-time assists leaders. You can see more of Marion County's all-time boys leaders by clicking on the "Career" button in the left-hand column, or by clicking here.
Cards Advance To Championship; Knights and Indians Next Up (2/25/2015)
Taylor County's David Sloan (11) drives to the basket against Campbellsville's J.T. Holmes in the opening game of the boys 20th District Tournament.
After a close first half, the Taylor County Cardinals pulled away in the second half to knock off the Campbellsville Eagles 89-53 in the opening game of the 20th District Tournament. Playing at Campbellsville's Paul J. Coop Gym, the Cards were ahead 40-35 at the half and an early three-pointer pulled the Eagles to within just two points, 40-38. But Taylor County then went on a 29-9 run to take control by the start of the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals will now advance to Saturday's championship game where they will face the winner of Thursday's game between Marion County and Adair County. Last week's snow storm wiped out the Knights' last two scheduled games and limited their ability to practice while the school's parking lots and sidewalks remained covered with deep snow for several days.
Adair County abruptly ended Marion County's season last year when the Indians' Ty Bennett drained a last-second three-pointer for a stunning 61-60 win at the Roby Dome. While the Knights will be looking to redeem themselves this time around, they will also be seeking to give head coach Montrelle Irvin his 100th win as a high school coach. Irvin has 64 wins at the helm of the Knights.
Tip-off for Thursday's game is scheduled for 7:00 PM eastern time (6:00 PM Central).
20th District Tourney
Starts Tonight (2/25/2015)
(Left) Taylor County junior guard Quentin Goodin was recently named 5th Region Player of the Year. (Right) Campbellsville senior Damontez Smith leads the Eagles in both scoring and rebounding.
With the regular season
concluded as of last week, the boys 20th District Basketball Tournament starts
tonight at Campbellsville High School's Paul J. Coop Gym when the host Eagles
take on top-seeded Taylor
County at 7:00 PM. Thursday, the #2 seed Marion County Knights
will play their first round game against #3 seed Adair County
at 7:00 PM.
enters the tournament with an overall record of 23-4 (with only one loss coming
at the hands of a Kentucky
team) and a perfect 6-0 in district play.
Stand-out junior guard Quentin Goodin leads the Cards, as well as the
20th District, in scoring at 21.2 points per contest while senior Brandon Berry
(15.9) and sophomore David Sloan (12.9) also average double-figure
scoring. Taylor County's
offense is very efficient at 50.8% field-goal shooting, including 40.3% as a
team from three-point territory.
Campbellsville wrapped up
the regular season with a surprising overall record of 15-14, but just 0-6 in
district play. Entering this season's
All-A Classic tournament beginning January 20 at 6-11, Eagles head coach Tim
Davis led his squad to a 9-3 record in their final 12 games. Senior guard Damontez Smith leads the team in
both scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) and junior A.J Vaught averages
(Left) Adair County senior Zach Hutchison is hitting 37.7% of his 3-point field-goal attempts and is among the best free-throw shooters in the state. (Right) Marion County senior Anton Cowherd leads the Knights with 16.5 points per game.
finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-17 (2-4 district),
finishing with a solid 67-57 win over Hart County
on Saturday. The Indians have a
disciplined, methodical scoring attack that can wear down an opponent's defense. Senior Zach Hutchison leads the team at 12.6
points per contest with sophomore Chance Melton following at 12.3 ppg. Melton's younger brother, freshman Corey, is
averaging 11.5 ppg. The Indians haven't
relied on the three-point shot this season as much as in recent years, but
Hutchison is still a dangerous shooter at 37.7% from behind the three-point
line and has no problem pulling up from several feet behind the arc.
Marion County (14-10, 4-2) has already played the Indians three
times this season (twice in district games and once in Campbellsville's holiday
tournament), winning all three but by just an average of eight points. The Knights also have not played a live game
since a win at the Roby Dome over Thomas Nelson on February 14. Senior Anton Cowherd leads the Knights in
scoring with 16.5 ppg while fellow senior Chase Lancaster averages 11.5 per
contest. Sophomore forward Isaac Lanham
leads the district in rebounding at 8.5 boards per contest.
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