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Warriors Shoot Down Knights (12/11/2016)
Marion County's Travis Wiser drives past Southwestern's Logan Dykes.
The Southwestern (Pulaski Co.) Warriors came into Saturday's game against the Marion County Knights with a reputation as a hot-shooting team. The Warriors backed up that reputation by connecting on 10 three-point field goals and knocking off the Knights 70-51 in the Salt River Electric Tip-Off Classic at Bardstown High School.
While Southwestern was lighting up the scoreboard from long range, the Knights were struggling to a 2-16 night from behind the arc. Marion County's poor shooting extended to the charity stripe where they only managed to convert 3 of 10 free-throws, including twice missing the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. Inside the arc, the Knights shot a respectable 51.3% (20-39) while out-rebounding the Warriors 38-34.
Marion County took a quick 4-0 lead to start the game before Southwestern went on a 16-4 run to claim the lead. Senior guard Payton Cundiff connected on three long-range bombs for the Warriors during the run. In the second quarter it was senior Hunter Cromer's turn to start raining three-pointers, connecting three times in the period from beyond the arc, and by the time halftime arrived the Warriors had claimed a 32-20 lead.
Isaac Lanham started off the second half strong for the Knights, scoring on a pair of inside baskets, but back-to-back three-pointers by Cromer and Peyton Gover seemed to put a stop to any Marion County momentum. Following a quick Marion County time-out Lanham scored on an offensive rebound and Travis Wiser added a pair of inside baskets -- including an old-fashioned three-point play, but Gover sliced up the Knights defense with 9 of his 15 points in the third quarter to help Southwestern extend its lead to 18 at the start of the fourth quarter. Marion County would never seriously threaten the lead in the final period as the Warriors went on to the 19-point win.
(Left) Lez Means goes up for a shot in the first half. (Middle) Isaac Lanham gets sandwiched between a pair of Southwestern defenders on an inside basket. (Right) Luke Thomas makes one of just two Marion County three-pointers in the game.
Cromer led all scorers with 18 points while Cundiff finished with 14 for Southwestern. Wiser led the Knights in scoring with 14 points on 6-9 shooting while grabbing 7 rebounds. Lanham posted 10 points and 6 rebounds while shooting 5-10 from the floor. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights return home on Tuesday when they welcome the Green County Dragons to the Roby Dome as part of a girl/boy double-header, then on Wednesday the Bethlehem Eagles visit the Roby Dome for a JV/Varsity double-header. You can see the complete list of Varsity games by clicking on the Schedule button in the left hand column, and the complete schedule for all three levels by clicking on the Calendar button.
Freshmen Open District Play 2-0, Knock Off Taylor and Adair -- The Freshmen Knights traveled to Campbellsville High School on Saturday morning for the opening round of 20th District Freshmen games. The young Knights had a successful day by picking up a pair of wins and improving their overall record to 5-0. In Marion County's first game of the day, Dalton Sibley scored 12 points and Spencer Riggs added 8 as the Freshmen Knights came away with a 49-42 win over Taylor County. In the second game, Isiah May scored 16 points and Spencer Lucas added 10 in a 58-34 win over Adair County.
The Freshmen Knights' next game will be Thursday when they hit the road to LaRue County for one game with the Freshmen Hawks.
High-Scoring Warriors Await Knights (12/10/2016)
Marion County senior Jaren Epps shoots a runner at Adair County on Tuesday night.
The Marion County Knights should be well-rested for their match-up with the Southwestern (Pulaski) Warriors at 9:00 PM tonight in the Salt River Electric Tip-Off Classic at Bardstown High School. Marion County has had three full days to recover from their 77-68 loss at Adair County on Tuesday.
The high-scoring Warriors come into tonight's contest with a 5-0 record after knocking off 12th Region rival Wayne County 89-66 on Friday. Southwestern is averaging 84.6 points per game so far with an average winning margin of 19.2 points.
Marion County senior guard Jaren Epps had his best game in a Knight uniform against Adair County on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 23 points on 9-15 shooting with four assists.
Other games in the Salt River Electric Tip-Off Classic start at 2:00 PM when Butler takes on Central Hardin, followed by St. Xavier (Louisville) and Newport Central Catholic at 3:45 PM. Host team Bardstown plays West Jessamine at 7:15 PM. All games will be at Bardstown High School.
Knights Come Up Short At Adair Co. (12/7/2016)
Marion County senior Jaren Epps looks to drive to the basket against the Adair County defense. Epps scored a career-high 23 points in the game.
Despite a career-high 23 points from senior guard Jaren Epps and a come-from-behind effort in the second half, the Marion County Knights came up short on the road at Adair County, 77-68. the loss dropped the Knights' overall record to 2-3 and 0-1 in 20th District play.
The two teams went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half with 12 lead-changes and four ties in the first 11 minutes of the game. But midway through the second period the Indians took advantage of a 13-4 run to build a nine-point cushion that they would still be holding at the half, 40-31.
Marion County started the second half with back-to-back three-pointers from Lez Means and Luke Thomas to immediately cut the Indians' lead to three points, and would twice pull with in two points in the third quarter. But Adair County's Chance Melton always seemed to have an answer, delivering a much-needed basket whenever the Knights got too close and helped keep the Indians ahead by the end of the third quarter, 57-54.
Foul trouble began to mount for Marion County in the fourth quarter. Travis Wiser had picked up his third foul prior to halftime and was whistled for his fourth early in the period. Epps and Isaac Lanham also picked up their fourth fouls with several minutes left to play, but somehow the Knights were still within four points following a Lez Means three-pointer with 1:53 left in the game.
A series of controversial calls against both squads seemed to slow down the pace of the game, but also effectively killed off any Marion County momentum. A pair of free-throws from Lanham with 0:27 to play pulled the Knights within five points at 73-68, but that was as close as the visitors would get and Adair County held on for the nine-point win.
In addition to his 23 points, Epps passed out four assists. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Varsity Knights next game will be a 9:00 PM tip-off on Saturday night when they will face Southwestern (Pulaski Co.) at Bardstown High School. The game is part of the Salt River Electric Tip-Off Classic.
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