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Upset Bid Falls Short; Cards Hold Off Knights 75-67 (2/6/2016)
Marion County freshman Travis Wiser drives against Taylor County senior Quentin Goodin.
The Marion County Knights came oh-so-close, but fell just short in their upset bid of the Taylor County Cardinals on Friday night at the Roby Dome. In front of a large homecoming crowd, the Knights got strong individual performances from several players, but crucial missed free-throws down the stretch helped prevent Marion County from closing the deal.
Taylor County opened the game with a quick 7-0 run and looked to be in charge early. But the Knights answered the call with three long-range bombs -- two from sophomore Lez Means and another from junior Cameron Nalley -- and pulled even at 14-14 late in the first quarter.
The Cards spent most of the second quarter trying to create momentum with their defense, forcing Marion County into 12 turnovers in the first half but the Knights' front line of Isaac Lanham, Adarius Means, and Deshay Epps had one of their best rebounding efforts of the season, frequently limiting Taylor County's opportunities to one shot while extending Marion County possessions. After the Cards had built a five-point lead midway through the period, Nalley sank a pair of free-throws to pull the Knights into a 29-29 tie, then on their next possession Lanham sank a three-pointer for Marion County's first lead, 32-29. But Taylor County answered with a basket from star senior Quentin Goodin and a pair of free-throws by David Sloan to give the Cards a slim 33-32 lead at the break.
Marion County opened the third quarter with an 8-3 run to grab a 40-36 advantage, but the Cards answered with an 8-0 run of their own to go up 44-40 with just over 4:00 left in the period. Tyler Wethington pulled the Knights back into a 44-44 tie by converting four consecutive free-throws on two possessions. But Taylor County closed out the period with an 11-2 run for a 55-46 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Knights refused to back down, and over a stretch of 45 seconds, freshman Travis Wiser put on a show. In-bounding the ball under his own basket after a time-out, Wiser bounced the ball off the back of a Taylor County defender and scored a lay-up. On the next possession for the Cards, Wiser wrestled away a rebound from a pair of Taylor County players, then grabbed the offensive rebound on the Knights' end of the floor and scored to pull Marion County within two at 57-55. The Cards built the lead back to seven before Adarius Means hit one of two free-throws for the Knights, then Wethington sank a pair to pull Marion County within four, 67-63, with 1:53 left in the game. But from there the Knights missed five of nine free-throw opportunities while the Cards converted six of their eight charity tosses and went on to the eight-point win.
(Left) Deshay Epps (25) hauls in a rebound as Isaac Lanham (22) looks on. (Middle) Tyler Wethington leads a fast break in the second half. (Right) Cameron Nalley (23) wrestles away a rebound from Taylor County's David Sloan.
Taylor County's Goodin led all scorers with 31 points while Sloan finished with 19. Recent transfer Dylan Gaines scored 9 points for the Cards before fouling out with 4:06 left in the game. Wethington shot 11-13 from the free-throw line and led the Knights with 18 points and six assists. Wiser scored all 13 of his points in the second half after spending much of the first half in foul trouble. Lanham grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Knights before fouling out with 1:11 left to play. Means recorded nine rebounds, and Epps had six boards to go with his eight points in a solid effort off the bench. 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 to bounce back quickly as they host Washington County for Senior Night at the Roby Dome tonight in a girl/boy double-header. The girls game is scheduled for 6:00 PM with the boys starting at approximately 7:30 PM.
Knights Face Two Rivals This Weekend (2/5/2016)
Taylor County senior Quentin Goodin is averaging 24.1 points and 8.4 rebounds for the defending Region champion Cardinals.
In another quirk of scheduling, the Marion County Knights will play two of their biggest rivals on back-to-back nights this weekend. On Friday the Taylor County Cardinals will visit the Roby Dome for a 20th District girl/boy double-header, then on Saturday the Washington County Commanders make the short trip to the Roby Dome for another girl/boy double-header.
Taylor County (12-7 overall, 3-1 in 20th District) entered this season with high expectations as the defending 5th Region champions, but has struggled at times to find consistency. Recently, though, the Cards seem to have found their stride by winning five consecutive games and six of their last seven. The Cards are led by one of the top players in the state in senior Quentin Goodin and junior David Sloan. Goodin averages 24.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while Sloan averages 20.5 points and is connecting on 43.3% of his shots from behind the three-point arc. Transfer Dylan Gaines has recently gained his eligibility and has already made an impact, posting 24 points and 20 rebounds in his first two games with Taylor County. The Cards have also won the last five match-ups with the Knights going back to the 2012-2013 season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM following the Varsity girls game at 6:00 PM.
Marion County will be looking for pay-back on Saturday for their earlier 59-55 loss at Washington County (7-15) on January 9th. Junior guard D.T. Yocum is leading the Commanders in scoring (16.0 PPG) and is second in rebounding (5.3 RPG). Freshman Cameron Willis also adds scoring punch with 11.7 PPG while senior Kambron Haydon averages 8.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Game-time is also set for 7:30 PM following the Varsity girls game at 6:00 PM.
JV And Freshmen Fall To Bardstown; Freshmen Slip Past LaRue Co. -- The Freshmen and JV Knights played host to Bardstown on Wednesday for a double-header with the visitors winning both contests. The JV Tigers powered past the JV Knights (8-5) 58-45 despite a game-high 21 points from Marion County sophomore Luke Abell. Fellow sophomore Luke Thomas also hit double-figures in scoring with 11. The Freshmen Tigers had similar results, outscoring the Freshmen Knights 56-44 as Kobe Scott scored 15 for Marion County.
On Thursday the Freshmen Knights took on LaRue County at the Roby Dome and came away with a thrilling 51-49 victory as Scott tipped in a missed three-point attempt as the final horn went off for the game-winner. Scott finished the game with 9 points while 8th-grader Isiah May scored 15 points. Trevor Douglas, Noah Abell, and Bennett Lucas all scored eight points for Marion County.
Marion County's Kobe Scott (middle) celebrates with teammates Noah Abell (left) and Bennett Lucas (right) after his buzzer-beating game-winning tip-in against LaRue County.
The Freshmen Knights (7-5) will head to Taylor County High School on Saturday morning to compete in the 20th District Freshmen Tournament. The Freshmen Knights will play Campbellsville at 11:15 AM following the first game between Taylor County and Adair County at 10:00 AM. The winners of those two games will advance to the championship game starting at approximately 12:30 PM.
This story was updated at 4:05 PM, 2/5/2016.
Trojans Too Much For Knights (2/3/2016)
Marion County's Adarius Means (24) heads back up the floor after scoring in the first quarter.
The North Hardin Trojans came to the Roby Dome Tuesday night boasting the best record in the 5th Region and played like it, rolling over the Marion County Knights, 77-47. The Trojans put the game away early in the second half with an 18-2 run to start the third period.
North Hardin took charge from the start, opening the game with an 18-4 run punctuated by an alley-oop dunk by star junior Tony Jackson. Jackson would have two more impressive dunks before the game was over and also stepped outside to bury a pair of three-pointers, finishing with a game-high 19 points. The Knights bounced back in the second quarter, led by three baskets in the paint from senior Deshay Epps as well as a three-pointer from Tyler Wethington before the end of the half. But Marion County still entered half-time down by 11 points.
The third quarter was all North Hardin as Kamrin Boone drained three three-point field goals and Jackson added another seven points, including a conventional three-point play with 1:35 left in the period. As foul trouble began to mount for the Knights, Marion County head coach Montrelle Irvin began to clear his bench midway through the fourth quarter.
In addition to Jackson's 19 points, Boone also scored double-figures for the Trojans with 12 points. Wethington finished with 12 points to lead Marion County while Epps grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore Luke Abell came off the bench for the Knights to record a career-high three assists. you can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
(Left) Marion County sophomore Luke Abell drives to the basket in the JV game with North Hardin. (Right) Luke Thomas (0) scores two of his 12 points against the JV Trojans.
JV Knights Fall To North Hardin -- Marion County's JV Knights didn't fare much better than the Varsity squad, falling to North Hardin's JV Trojans, 46-26. Luke Thomas was the only JV Knight to score double-figures with 12 points. Marion County's JV record now falls to 8-4 going into tomorrow's Freshmen/JV double-header with Bardstown. To see a complete calendar of games for the Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity squads, click on the "Calendar" button in the left-hand column.
Trojans Come To The Roby Dome (2/2/2016)
Marion County sophomore guard Lez Means has scored double-figures in the Knights' last three games.
The Marion County Knights will have their hands full tonight when the North Hardin Trojans pay a visit to the Roby Dome for a JV/Varsity double-header. The Trojans -- a traditional 5th Region powerhouse -- enter tonight's contest with the best record in the Region, 21-5. Last Friday North Hardin defeated Central Hardin 67-65, giving head coach Michael Cofer a perfect 8-0 record in the 17th District -- the first time a team has gone undefeated in that district since the Trojans pulled it off in 2010 under then-head coach Ron Bevars. The Trojans have won 13 of their last 14 games, including the last five in a row.
North Hardin is led by junior do-everything player Tony Jackson. But Jackson has plenty of help in senior forwards Brandon Maxwell and Andre Harris. Junior guard Gavin Root also gives the Trojans another outside scoring threat.
Tip-off for the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30 PM, following the Junior Varsity game at 6:00 PM.
New Date For Freshmen/JV Double-Header Scheduled (2/1/2016)
A Freshmen/Junior Varsity double-header against Washington County that was postponed in the aftermath of last week's snow storm has been rescheduled. The games will now take place on February 10 at Lebanon Middle School. The Freshmen contest will tip off at 6:00 PM followed by the JV match-up at 7:30. To see a complete schedule of Marion County Freshmen and JV games, click on the "Calendar" button in the left hand column, or click here.
Knights Can't Close Deal; Fall At Fairdale (1/31/2016)
Fairdale's Korey Tipton (23) scores two of his 18 points over Marion County's Adarius Means.
Playing on the road in a hostile environment, the Marion County Knights held a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter. But a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter was too much to overcome and the Knights came up short to the Fairdale Bulldogs 66-53 in Fairdale's King of the Bluegrass Showcase.
The game was a close contest all through the first half and third quarter, featuring seven ties and nine lead-changes during that stretch. The largest lead of the first half for either team before half-time came just under 3:00 left in the second quarter when Fairdale's David Jones buried a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs up by seven points. But Marion County answered with a 7-2 run to pull within a point 35-34 entering the break.
The third quarter was even tighter with the lead swapping hands five times. Neither team was able to take a lead of more than three points and the Knights started the fourth quarter with a slim 45-44 advantage. But for the next six minutes there seemed to be a lid on Marion County's basket as Fairdale went on a 10-0 run to take control of the game. Cameron Nalley finally put an end to the run with a three-pointer just before the game clock dipped below 2:00, but the Knights would not get any closer than six points the rest of the game.
Lez Means finishes off a fast break in the first half for two of his team-high 19 points.
Lez Means led Marion County in scoring with 19 points on 7-12 shooting. Tyler Wethington added 12 points and a career-high 8 assists while Isaac Lanham scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Fairdale's Jones led all scorers with 29 points and teammate Korey Tipton scored 18. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Marion County returns to its home court in the Roby Dome on Tuesday when the North Hardin Trojans (21-5, tops in the 5th Region) visit for a JV/Varsity double-header. Tip-off for the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30 PM following the JV game at 6:00 PM.
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