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Indians Overpower Knights, Keep Hold On 1st Place (1/18/2017)
Marion County sophomore Trevor Douglas launches a long three-pointer against Adair County on Tuesday. Douglas shot 3-8 from behind the arc and finished with 11 points.
The Adair County Indians looked like the top team in the Fifth Region Tuesday night, overpowering the Marion County Knights 76-53 at the Roby Dome. The win improved the Indians to 4-0 in 20th District games -- 18-1 overall -- and put them in the driver's seat for the #1 seed in the District Tournament in February. The Knights fell to 10-9 overall and 2-2 in district play.
Adair County standout guard Kel Stotts went through and over the Marion County defense in the first half, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the first half as the Indians slowly but steadily built a 40-23 lead at the end of the second quarter. Marion County struggled to handle Adair County's trapping half-court defense, committing 12 turnovers before halftime and only converting 6 of 24 three-point shots for the game. The Indians also dominated the home team on the boards, claiming 35 rebounds for the game to just 27 for Marion County. Adair County junior Corey Melton also gave the Knights' defense fits, draining five three-point field goals on his way to a game-high 27 points.
In the second half Adair County switched gears from its full-speed attack of the first half to a methodical, patient offense reminiscent of North Carolina's dreaded four-corners strategy of the early 1980's, but just as effective. Marion County finally managed to find some rhythm on the offensive end, but the Indians drained precious time off the clock on every possession while still maintaining their double-digit lead throughout the second half.
(Left) Isaac Lanham takes a shot inside the Adair County defense. (Right) Lamarcus Bell scans the floor in the first half.
Marion County's Trevor Douglas came off the bench to shoot 3-8 from the three-point line and lead the Knights in scoring with 11 points. Lez Means was the only other Knight with double-figure scoring with 10 points. Isaac Lanham scored nine points to go with nine rebounds. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights return to action Friday with another chance to maintain their hold on second place in the 20th District when the Taylor County Cardinals come to the Roby Dome for a girl/boy double-header. The girls varsity game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM, followed by the boys game at 7:30 PM.
Freshmen-JV Schedule Change for Wednesday -- There has been a schedule change for the Freshmen and JV game scheduled for tonight at Nelson County. The JV contest has been cancelled, while the Freshmen match-up has been moved to a 6:00 PM start.
Indians And Knights Eye 1st Place In Standings (1/17/2017)
Seniors Kel Stotts (left) and Chance Melton (right) lead the Adair County Indians into the Roby Dome for tonight's game with Marion County.
The Adair County Indians bring their impressive 17-1 record into the Roby Dome this evening to take on the Marion County Knights in a match-up with first place in the 20th District standings on the line. The Knights (10-8) are on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last six games.
Senior guard Kel Stotts leads the Adair County with 22.5 scoring average and 4.2 rebounds per game. Stotts is shooting 56.6% from the floor overall and a remarkable 46.4% from behind the three-point arc, and is a strong candidate for 5th Region player of the year honors. But the Indians are much more than a one-man show. Senior swingman Chance Melton is averaging 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while younger brother Corey Melton puts up 17.0 points and 5.7 boards per game. In addition, senior wing Cameron Lasley leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 per contest wile also giving the Indians a fourth double-digit scorer at 10.9 points a game.
At 3-0 in the 20th District standings, Adair County currently sits in first place. The Knights (2-1) are currently a game out and could pull into a tie with a win tonight, which would also give Marion County the advantage in the tie-breaker (the winner of the second District game between the two teams). The Indians won the first game with the Knights, 77-68, in Columbia on December 6.
Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central) following a girls match-up between the Lady Indians and Lady Knights at 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central).
Late Surge Gives Knights Win Over Boone Co. (1/15/2017)
Marion County's Lez Means (3) drives around Boone County's Ethan Nyman. Means finished the game with 19 points.
For almost three quarters Saturday night at the Roby Dome, the Marion County Knights and Boone County Rebels were locked into one of the closest games of the season as the lead changed hands 14 times along with six ties. Then, following a time-out with 3:26 left in the third, the Knights suddenly began a 20-2 run that would take Boone County out of the game and give Marion County its 10th win of the season, 68-58, in the annual Autism Classic.
The first half went back and forth with Boone County's Ethan Robbins torching the Knights' interior defense for several scores in the paint and Marion County answering with a barrage of three-pointers from Luke Thomas, Trevor Douglas, Lamarcus Bell, and two from Lez Means. The Knights held the largest lead of the first half when Bell spotted Jaren Epps cutting to the basket for a lay-up to make the score 31-26 with time winding down in the second quarter. But Boone County's Ethan Nyman answered with a three-pointer of his own that hit the bottom of the net as the horn sounded to end the period to pull his team back within two points, 31-29.
The third quarter started with Robbins quickly tying the game with another inside score and teammate Justin Bowman scoring on a Knights turnover to give the lead back to Boone County. A few minutes later Epps took the lead back for the Knights, 37-35, when he was fouled on a drive down the lane and sank the free-throw to complete the three-point play. Once again, Nyman answered with a three-point field goal, then hit a short jumper to put the Rebels back on top, 40-37.
That would prove to be the high-water mark for the Rebels. Marion County's time-out at 3:26 in the third seemed to halt any momentum Boone County's offense had and Epps once again completed a three-point play to tie the score at 40-40. Sensing the momentum shift, Rebels' coach Greg McQueary called time to settle his team down, but to no avail. Means scored the next four points of the game for the Knights and Thomas sank his second three-pointer of the game as time expired in the period to put Marion County up seven entering the fourth quarter.
(Left) Isaac Lanham pulls in one of his 17 rebounds. (Middle) Point guard Jaren Epps looks over the defense before running a play. (Right) Luke Thomas makes one of his three three-point field goals over Boone County's Raymond Rodgers (15).
After Isaac Lanham scored on an offensive rebound to start the final period, Rebels leading scorer Ethan Haynes picked up his fourth and fifth foul nine seconds apart, sending him to the bench for good with just two points scored. Marion County's run continued unabated until Epps capped the 20-2 run with a pair of free-throws to give the Knights a 57-42 lead.
When the lead hit 18 points with 2:00 left in the game, Marion County head coach Montrelle Irvin decided to clear his bench but reversed his decision a minute later after a quick 10-point run by the Rebels pulled the visitors within eight points at 65-57. But with the Knights starters back on the floor for the final 56 seconds the come-back attempt faded away.
In a balanced effort, the Knights had three players end the game with double-figure scoring. Epps scored 13 points to go with three assists and was awarded an Autisim Classic plaque for his outstanding performance. Means led the Knights in scoring with 19 points, including a 5-6 effort at the free-throw line, and passed out three assists. Thomas converted three shots behind the three-point arc and finished with 15 points and a pair of steals. Lanham dominated the glass for the Knights, pulling down 17 rebounds to go with his six points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Marion County's next game could have a big impact for its hopes of post-season success. The 17-1 Adair County Indians visit the Roby Dome on Tuesday for a match-up that could determine first place in the 20th District and the all-important #1 seed in the district tournament in February. The Knights are 2-1 in district games with their only loss at the hands of the Indians (3-0) back on December 6. Game-time is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central) following the Girls game of the double-header at 6:30 PM eastern time (5:30 PM Central).
Freshmen Knights Win A Pair On Saturday -- Marion County's Freshmen Knights traveled to Columbia on Saturday morning for a pair of non-district games and came away with wins over Jackson County and North Laurel. Against Jackson County, Spencer Lucas scored 16 and both Dawson McCarty and Isiah May scored 9 points each in a 66-37 win over the Freshmen Generals. In the second game, May scored 11 and Jamison Epps 10 points in a 43-34 win over North Laurel.
Knights Defeat Eagles; Move To 2nd In District (1/14/2017)
Marion County senior Isaac Lanham (22) blocks the shot of Campbellsville's Chanson Atkinson in the Knights' 78-56 win.
What looked to be another barn-burner in the second quarter between the Marion County Knights and the Campbellsville Eagles quickly turned into a rout Friday night when the Knights closed out the first half on a 17-0 run. There would be no let up in the third quarter as Marion County opened the period with another run of 11-2 and never looked back on their way to a 78-56 road win at Paul J. Coop Gymnasium. The Knights improved their record to 9-8 overall and 2-1 in 20th District play, moving a half-game ahead of Taylor County for sole possession of second place in the district standings.
The Knights opened the game with a quick 9-2 lead but Campbellsville whittled away at the deficit and a three-pointer by Ethan Lay pulled the home team within 21-17 at the end of the first quarter. After the Eagles' Malachi Corley scored inside to start the second quarter, Tyrion Taylor was fouled on a three-point attempt and converted all three free-throws to give Campbellsville its first lead, 22-21. There would be four more lead-changes and a tie in the next 2:30, the last coming on a Taylor basket that put the Eagles up 29-28. Then Marion County opened the floodgates.
Trevor Douglas started the onslaught with a three-pointer from the wing, followed by Isaac Lanham's basket off his own steal on a full-court press. After another defensive stop, Marion County's Luke Thomas drained a three-pointer from the left corner, then drew a foul on the next possession and sank both free-throws. Another free throw from Lez Means put the Knights up 10 points, then scores from freshman Mason Sullivan and senior Lamarcus Bell extended the run, which was capped by Travis Wiser's basket off an offensive rebound as time expired to end the half.
Campbellsville found no relief in the second half with the Knights opening the third with the 11-2 run and stretching their lead to as much as 29 points late in the period. The Eagles could not mount a serious challenge in the fourth quarter and Marion County emptied their bench with just over three minutes left in the game.
(Left) Jaren Epps pushes the ball up the floor on his way to seven assists and six points. (Middle) Mason Sullivan scores two of his six points. (Right) Luke Thomas (0) makes one of his three 3-point FGs.
Lanham finished the game with his third double-double of the season -- 13 points and 10 rebounds -- and three blocked shots. Lanham's 10 boards moved him past Latrelle Irvin into 7th place on the school's list of leading rebounders with 618 for his career. Thomas shot 3-4 from behind the three-point arc and finished with 13 points. After sitting out Tuesday's game at Green County due to a hard fall in Saturday's game, Means bounced back to lead the Knights in scoring with 17 points. Point guard Jaren Epps passed out seven assists to go with his six points, while Bell posted 8 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Koby Scott and freshman Jamison Epps both scored a field goal in their first varsity action late in the fourth quarter. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights will have little time to celebrate the win as they will take on the Boone County Rebels this evening at the Roby Dome in the fourth game of the annual Autism Classic. The Rebels defeated St. Henry last night to improve their record to 5-12. Game-time is scheduled for 6:00 PM.
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