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Means' 32 Points Not Enough; LaRue Wins 57-55 (2/18/2017)
Marion County's Lez Means drives through the LaRue County defense for two of his 32 points on Friday.
Marion County junior Lez Means scored over 30 points Friday night for the second consecutive game with 32, but it wasn't enough to overcome the balanced scoring attack of the LaRue County Hawks and the Knights came up short 57-55 on Senior Night at the Roby Dome.
The Hawks opened the game with a 10-0 run as Marion County struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Means finally scored the Knights' first field goal four minutes into the game and led his team on a steady climb to get back into the contest. Marion County had an 11-3 run of their own in the second quarter, finally pulling even at 27-27 on a pair of Isaac Lanham free-throws with 1:29 left before the half. It looked as if the Knights would take a lead into the break when freshman Mason Sullivan came up with a blocked shot and grabbed the rebound, then Means streaked down the floor for a lay-up while getting fouled. Means made the bonus shot for a 32-29 lead with just 18 seconds left on the clock, but LaRue County's Derek Goode drained his second three-pointer of the quarter to force a 32-32 tie as the horn sounded.
The two teams went back and forth for most of the second half before the Hawks pulled ahead 53-46 when Cameron Dawson rebounded his own team's missed free-throw and scored from point-blank range. Once again, Means led the Knights' charge back by scoring Marion County's next nine points, capped off with a pair of free-throws with 0:35.9 left in the game to tie the score 55-55. LaRue County managed to run almost 30 seconds off the clock when it appeared Marion County's Travis Wiser had come up with a steal at half court but instead was called for a foul, sending LaRue's Mark Goode to the free-throw line. Goode made both shots to put his team ahead 57-55. The Knights advanced the ball across half-court and called time with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. But the Hawks' defense broke up the designed play and Marion County was forced to settle for a long-range three-point attempt that fell short, securing the win for the visitors.
Marion County seniors Isaac Lanham (left), Lamarcus Bell (middle) and Jaren Epps (right) were recognized in pre-game ceremonies before their final appearance in the Roby Dome.
After Means' 32-point effort, Marion County's next highest scorers were Trevor Douglas with 8 points and Lanham also with 8 points to go with his 8 rebounds. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights wrapped up the regular season with a 15-14 record and will now concentrate on Thursday's match-up with Taylor County in the 20th District Tournament at Adair County High School. Tip-off for the must-win game is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern time (6:30 PM Central).
Means Breaks School Record; Knights Top Beth Haven (2/17/2017)
Marion County's Lez Means (3) ties the school record for three-point field goals with this shot late in the fourth quarter.
Marion County junior guard Lez Means followed up one of the best games of his career at Caverna on Tuesday with a record-setting performance Thursday at Beth Haven. Means broke the school record for three-point field goals in a single game by making ten and scored a career-high 38 points in the Knights 73-45 win over the Bearcats.
Means made his first three-pointer of the game four minutes into the first quarter, then closed out the period by making his second at the horn to put the Knights up 18-5. The Knights' defense was successful in shutting down Beth Haven's leading scorer Austin Streble in the first half, leaving senior Cody Mikel to carry the offensive load for the Bearcats as he scored all but five of his team's 21 first-half points. But Means drained three more treys in the second quarter, tying his personal career best by half-time as Marion County went into the break with a 40-21 lead.
Streble finally got into the flow of the offense in the third quarter as Beth Haven tried to claw their way back into the game, but Means kept hitting from long distance and Marion County had stretched its lead to 24 at the end of the period. Means finally tied the school record with 3:29 left in the game, then drained the record-breaking shot with 1:29 left to play before coach Montrell Irvin took him out of the game.
(Left) Jaren Epps tries to drive around Beth Haven's Dylan Kerr. (Middle) Isaac Lanham pushes the ball up the floor in the second half. (Right) Travis Wiser (31) posts up against Beth Haven's Cody Mikel.
Marion County senior Isaac Lanham made both the first and last shots of the first half -- both three-pointers -- and finished the game with 11 points and another seven rebounds to bring his career-total to 738 boards. Travis Wiser scored 10 points with six boards and Jaren Epps passed out 9 assists while scoring 8 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights close out their regular season tonight at the Roby Dome in the second game of a girl-boy double-header against LaRue County. Tip-off for the girls is scheduled for 6:00 PM and for the boys at approximately 7:30 PM. Senior Night ceremonies will take place between the two games.
Knights Close Out Regular Season On Back-To-Back Nights (2/16/2017)
Beth Haven senior Cody Mikel is averaging a double-double for the Bearcats. (Photo by Marty Pearl, Courier-Journal)
The regular season is down to just two more games for the Marion County Knights who will travel to Louisville this evening to face the Beth Haven Bearcats, then tomorrow night will host the LaRue County Hawks for Senior Night at the Roby Dome.
Beth Haven (12-14) is led by a pair of career 1,000-point scorers in senior Cody Mikel and junior Austin Streble. Mikel is averaging a double-double at 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per contest and makes 56.2% of his shots from the floor. Streble averages 19.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. The inside-out combination of the Bearcats duo could prove to be a tough challenge for the Knights' defense. Tonight's game is varsity only and is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 PM.
LaRue County (22-7) currently boasts the #2 overall record in the 5th Region and has won 8 of their last 9 games, including a 75-70 overtime win at Taylor County last Friday. The Hawks are led in scoring by freshman post player Mark Goode at 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Goode is also shooting a remarkable 70.4% from the floor. But the freshman gets plenty of support from the upper-classmen with senior M.J. Embree posting averages of 12.7 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds while junior guard Shane King scores 10.8 PPG. Goode's older brother, senior guard Derek, scored 27 against the Knights last season in the Hawks' 68-56 win on their Senior Night. Tip-off for Friday's game is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 PM following a girls varsity match-up at 6:00 PM and Senior Night ceremonies between games.
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