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Knights Win District Opener 70-63 Over Adair (12/10/2013)
Marion County senior Anthony Mattingly guards Adair County point guard Matt Fudge in the Knights' 70-63 win over the Indians.
Three Knights scored double figures and senior Anthony Mattingly kept Adair County point guard Matt Fudge in check as Marion County won their district opening game over the Indians, 70-63. Marion County's Anton Cowherd led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Alex Smith shot 3-4 behind the three-point arc to finish with 14 points, and Clay Lanham scored all 13 of his points in the second half as the Knights knocked off Adair County for the first time in five games.
The Indians took a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter with Fudge and Zach Hutchison both scoring five points in the period. Marion County was hampered by early foul trouble when Lanham picked up his second only 2:32 into the game. But in the second quarter the Knights erased a 20-14 deficit with a 9-0 run. Reserve Brandon Knopp hit a pull-up jumper, followed by a pair of baskets from Cowherd, then on a fast break Cowherd found Smith on the right wing for a three-point basket to put the Knights ahead 23-20, forcing an Adair County time-out with 3:47 left in the half. A basket from the Indians' Chance Melton and a free throw from Marshall Shelley pulled Adair County into a tie, but Smith scored the next six points to put Marion County back in the lead. Knight reserve center Bobby Jaglowicz then picked up his third foul with 0:39.9 left before the half and Adair County's Ty Bennett hit both free throws to pull the Indians within four points at 29-25. Marion County's Blake Clark found himself open in the corner on the next play and buried a three-pointer to give the Knights an eight-point advantage with time winding down, but Bennett knocked down a three-pointer just as the horn sounded to pull the Indians within 32-28 at the break.
(Left) Anton Cowherd pulls down one of his seven rebounds for the Knights. (Right) Clay Lanham (20) scores two of his 13 points in the second half.
In the second half, Adair County came out in a 2-3 zone defense and the Knights were content to hold the ball at half-court. The Indians extended the zone midway through the third quarter, giving Marion County opportunities to attack gaps as Knopp and Lanham scored on drives to the basket. The Indians kept pace at the free-throw line with Jake Hixson and Jacob Pooler knocking down a pair each before Lanham extended the Marion County lead with a three-pointer to make the score 48-40.
A basket by Hutchison early in the fourth cut the Knights' lead to four points, but the Indians could get no closer the rest of the way. Foul trouble began to add up for Adair County as Hutchison picked up his fourth with 4:29 to play and Fudge picked up his fourth at the 3:47 mark. Lanham would hit a pair of free-throws followed by a drive down the lane to extend Marion County's lead to 64-55 with about 2:30 left in the game. Adair County called time-out after a score by Hutchison with 2:06 left in the game, but could not capitalize on their free-throw opportunities down the stretch. Fudge was called for his fifth foul with 0:59.2 remaining in the game before Cowherd stretched the Knights' lead to 68-58. Jacob Pooler scored on a drive to pull the Indians within eight, but after a time-out Mattingly converted a pair of free-throws for a 70-60 lead. Bennett sank a meaningless three-pointer as time expired for the 70-63 final score.
Melton finished with 15 points for Adair County, but could only manage a pair of field goals after the half. Bennett also scored 15 for the Indians and Hutchison finished with 11 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights next game is scheduled for Saturday at Clay County as part of the Bobby Keith Classic. Tip-off is set for 8:00 in Manchester.
Indians Visit Roby Dome For District Opener (12/10/2013)
(Left) Freshman center Chance Melton helped end Marion County's season in the 20th District Tournament in February by scoring 24 points. (Right) Senior point guard Matt Fudge runs the Adair County offense.
District play opens for the Marion County Knights this evening when the Adair County Indians come to the Roby Dome for a Girl/Boy double-header. Adair County swept the Knights in 2012-2013, including a season-ending 65-45 defeat for the Knights in the 20th District Tournament, and have won four consecutive games against Marion County. The Indians bring a 2-0 record into tonight's game, having knocked off Cumberland County and Grayson County in their first two contests.
Adair County freshman Chance Melton pounded the Knights from the post in that district tournament game, scoring 24 points while still in middle school. Melton has started the season slowly while recovering from an injury he sustained while playing football, but averaged 15.0 points per game against Marion County last season. The Indians' floor leader is senior point guard Matt Fudge, son of head coach Mark Fudge. The younger Fudge is a confident ball handler with good shooting range and a quick release. Also roaming the perimeter for Adair County is junior guard Zach Hutchison, who can be extremely dangerous from long range as well.
(Left) Adair County's Zach Hutchison scores on a drive against Grayson County, and is also a scoring threat from the outside. (Right) Marion County's Latrelle Irvin (24) is averaging a double-double in the Knights first three games of the season.
Marion County is led in scoring by senior Alex Smith at 22.3 points per game and is hitting 47.6% of his three-point attempts in the first three games of the season. Senior Latrelle Irvin is averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Junior Anton Cowherd gives the Knights a third double-figure scoring threat with 16.7 ppg.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time, following the Girls' contest at 6:30 PM Eastern time.
Smith's Three At 0:16 Leads to Road Win for Knights (12/7/2013)
Marion County's Alex Smith fires the tie-breaking three-pointer to put the Knights up by three late in the game against LaRue County.
Alex Smith's three-pointer with 0:16 left in the game broke a 65-65 tie, and LaRue County made a crucial mistake by calling a time-out with none left as Marion County held on for a 72-67 win in Hodgenville. Smith scored a career-high 27 points and Latrelle Irvin posted his second double-double of the season to lead the Knights.
LaRue County's Cameron Dawson drained three three-point field goals in the first half to help the Hawks to a 35-28 half-time lead. The Knights slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting it to one point by the end of the third quarter and eventually went ahead 60-55 midway through the fourth. The Hawks' Cody Key-Close then exploded for all nine of LaRue County's points in a 9-1 run that put the home team up 64-61, forcing Marion County head coach Montrelle Irvin to use his last time-out with 2:00 left to play.
Marion County senior Latrelle Irvin grabs one of his 13 rebounds against LaRue County.
Latrelle Irvin drew a foul on the next play and converted both free-throws, then scored on an offensive rebound to tie the game at 65-65 with under 0:45 to play in the game. As the Hawks were bringing the ball over half-court, Knight senior Anthony Mattingly knocked it away and chased down the loose ball in the far corner on Marion County's side of the floor for the steal. As a pair of Hawks closed for a double-team, Mattingly passed out of the trap to Chase Lancaster, who found Smith spotting up on the left wing. Smith drained the three-point shot with 0:16 on the clock to put Marion County up 68-65 as the Hawks called their final time-out.
LaRue County in-bounded the ball against Marion County pressure and with 0:01.9, Key-Close drew a foul on a three-point attempt and went to the free-throw line for a chance to tie the game. Key-Close hit the first two of his three attempts to pull the Hawks within 68-67, but missed the last one. Smith came away with the rebound and was fouled with 0:00.4 left on the clock. Smith hit both free-throws to make the score 70-67 in favor of Marion County, then LaRue County called time to set up a final play. But the Hawks had already used their last time-out and were assessed a technical foul. Smith hit both free-throws and the Knights were awarded the ball as well. Time expired and Marion County escaped with a five-point win.
(Left) Clay Lanham grabs an offensive rebound for the Knights. (Center) Marion County's Anthony Mattingly (with ball) recorded three steals against the Hawks. (Right) Luke Price (13) harasses LaRue County's Thomas Harman.
Smith hit four of nine three-point attempts and went 9-13 at the free-throw line to set his new career-high 27 points. Irvin posted 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Knights, and Anton Cowherd added nine points before fouling out. Clay Lanham scored all seven of his points in the second half while Luke Price grabbed five rebounds and three steals. Dawson led LaRue County with 16 points, shooting 4-6 from behind the three-point line, and Key-Close scored 14. 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 is scheduled for Tuesday at the Roby Dome when they host Adair County in a girl/boy double-header for their 20th District opener. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern following the girls game at 6:30 PM Eastern.
The Freshmen Knights also traveled to Mercer County for a pair of games on Saturday. You can read about those games by clicking on the "Freshmen" button in the left-hand column, or by clicking here.
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