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Taylor Wins District Tourney In Overtime (2/22/2013)
In a thrilling finale to the 20th District Tournament, the Taylor County Cardinals outlasted the host Adair County Indians in overtime, 58-53. Stats were unavailable immediately after the game. Taylor County's Quentin Goodin was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
In post-game ceremonies, three Marion County players were recognized for all-district teams. Alex Smith was named to the district All-Academic team as well as the All-District regular season team. Joining Smith on the All-District regular season team was fellow junior Latrelle Irvin. Senior Vincent Collins was named to the All-Tournament team.
Both Taylor County and Adair County will advance to play in next week's 5th Region Tournament at Hart County High School in Mundfordville.
Adair Jumps Out Early; Knights Fall In District (2/20/2013)
Marion County's Anton Cowherd drives against Adair County's Kel Stotts (23).
For the second time this season the Marion County Knights traveled to Adair County High School and let the home team build a huge early lead that would be too much to overcome. The Indians came roaring out of the gate with an 18-2 run to start the game and the Knights' season came to an end with a 65-45 loss in the 20th District Tournament.
Adair County's 8th grade duo of guard Kel Stotts and center Chance Melton led the early charge with Stotts draining a pair of three-pointers and Melton posting up for a pair of baskets, forcing a Marion County timeout less than three minutes into the game. The Indians continued to fire away from long range, getting three-point baskets from point guard Matt Fudge and reserve Zach Hutchison. Stotts and Melton also completed conventional three-point plays before the end of the first quarter and Marion County found themselves down 23-4 to close the period.
The Knights finally began to generate their offense in the second quarter as Alex Smith and Anton Cowherd both scored a pair of field goals and Latrelle Irvin scored on a drive to the basket. But Melton continued to pound the Marion County defense in the paint, scoring eight of his game-high 24 points in the period. The Knights also missed opportunites to get back in the game by missing eight of 11 free-throw attempts in the first half, going into the half-time break down 40-17.
(Left) Vincent Collins scores two of his 9 points for Marion County. (Middle) Alex Smith shoots over Adair County's Marshall Shelley (10) and Matt Fudge (11). (Right) Marion County's Luke Price puts pressure on Fudge in the second half.
The second half saw a more even contest, but the Knights could never cut the lead to below 20 points as Adair County shot 51.1% from the floor for the game. Marion County could only manage 36.7% shooting, including 2-16 from behind the three-point arc, and also converted just 39.1% of their shots from the free-throw line. Irvin was the only Knight to break double-figures in scoring with 10 points. Senior Vincent Collins scored 9 points and grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds in his final game for Marion County. In addition to Melton's 24 points, Stotts finished with 15 and Fudge added 12 points for Adair County. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Marion County's Clay Lanham guards the Indians' Kel Stotts under the watchful eye of referee Steve Allendar.
The Indians will advance to Friday's championship game where they will take on top-seeded Taylor County. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern time (6:30 PM Central time).
Knights To Face Indians In District Tourney (2/20/2013)
Adair County guards Matt Fudge (left) and Kel Stotts (right) led the Indians to a 64-48 win over the Knights at the Roby Dome on January 16.
The Marion County Knights will attempt to defend their 20th District Tournament crown tonight when they take on host Adair County in Columbia. The Knights are 0-2 against the Indians this season, taking a 54-40 loss at John Burr Memorial Gym on December 4, and also coming up short at the Roby Dome, 64-46, on January 16.
In the last meeting, Adair County's guards carried their team to the 18-point win with junior Matt Fudge scoring 15 points and 8th-grader Kel Stotts scoring a team-high 16 points. Another talented 8th-grader, center Chance Melton, has also given the Knights' defense fits, averaging 10.5 points in the Indians previous two wins over Marion County as well as grabbing double-figure rebounds in each contest. As a team, Adair County is one of the best shooting squads the Knights have faced, converting 45.2% of their field goal attempts--including 34.2% from behind the three-point line--and 70.2% from the free-throw line. But the Indians have struggled down the stretch this season, going 2-4 in their last six games.
Marion County has also stumbled in the last two weeks, going 2-5 in their last seven games. juniors Latrelle Irvin and Alex Smith continue to lead the team on the offensive end of the floor, averaging 13.6 and 13.3 points, respectively, this season. Irvin also leads he team in rebounding at 7.9 per game.
Tip-off for tonight is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern time (6:30 PM Central). The winner will advance to Friday's Championship game against top-seed Taylor County, who defeated Campbellsville 62-41 on Tuesday night.
Cards And Eagles Open 20th District Tourney (2/19/2013)
(Left) Taylor County freshman Quentin Goodin averages 15.4 PPG for the Cardinals. (Right) Campbellsville senior Bradley Bates runs the Eagles' offense from the point.
The 2013 20th District Tournament opens tonight at Adair County's John Burr Memorial Gym when the #4 seed Campbellsville Eagles take on the #1 seed Taylor County Cardinals. The two teams split their regular season match-ups with the Eagles winning at home 47-44 on December 4, and Taylor County defending their home floor 51-35 on January 4.
The Cardinals finished the regular season 14-14 in coach Jeff Kidder's first season in charge of the program. After finishing the 2011-2012 season with a record of 1-28, Campbellsville improved 12 games in the win column for a 13-17 record and earned head coach Tim Davis 5th Region co-Coach of the year honors. Campbellsville's roster has only one senior and the Eagles start one sophomore and three freshmen.
Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern (6:30 PM Central). The winner will advance to Friday's championship game, where they will take on the victor of Wednesday's Adair County-Marion County contest.
Ford Motors Past Knights; LaRue Wins (2/15/2013)
Marion County senior Vincent Collins guards LaRue County's Kelton Ford. Ford scored a career-high 39 points--27 in the first half--despite fighting the flu.
LaRue County's Kelton Ford proved why he is a candidate for 5th Region Player of the Year with a career-high 39 points--despite a case of the flu--as the Hawks knocked off the Marion County Knights at the Roby Dome. Alex Smith had another strong performance for the Knights with five three-point field goals and 23 points, but it was not enough to overcome Ford's outburst.
Marion County trailed by as much as nine points in the second quarter before pulling even at 28-28 on a three-pointer from Smith, then took the lead when Smith was fouled on a rebound attempt and hit one of two free-throws. The lead was short-lived, however, as Ford buried a three-pointer on the Hawks' next possession, then came away with a Knight turnover and scored on an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 34-29 in favor of LaRue County. Smith responded with another three-pointer of his own, but eight seconds later Ford drained yet another three. Ford also scored the last point of the half at the free-throw line and the Hawks took a 38-32 lead into the half.
The Knights opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run fueled by a pair of baskets inside from senior Vincent Collins, a three-pointer from Latrelle Irvin, and pair of long-range bombs from Smith for a 45-40 Marion County lead. LaRue County switched to a 1-3-1 zone defense and the Hawks Dustin Coulter led a charge to tie the game at 45-45 with 2:30 left in the period.
(Left) Marion County's Alex Smith converts one of his five three-pointers against the Hawks. (Right) Senior Vincent Collins scans the defense for an opening. Collins scored four points and grabbed 9 rebounds in his last game at the Roby Dome.
The game remained tight deep into the fourth quarter. With the scored tied at 59-59 Ford hit his sixth three-pointer of the game to give the lead back to LaRue County with 1:59 to play. Smith drew a foul on the Knights' next possession but was able to make only one of two free-throws to make the score 62-60 in favor of the Hawks. After Ford missed the front end of a one-and-one, Marion County had a chance to tie or take the lead with under 1:30 to go. But a turnover led to a fast-break basket for LaRue County's Tyler Howell to stretch the lead to four points. The Knights could not answer and the Hawks went on to the 68-60 win.
Ford scored 27 of his 39 points in the first half and shot 13-19 from the floor for the game, including 6-9 from three-point territory. Smith's five three-pointers marks the the sixth time in his career he has had five in a game. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Prior to the Varsity game, the Junior Varsity Knights wrapped up their season with a 64-40 win over the the JV Hawks. You can read more about that game by clicking on the "JV" button in the left-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights will now turn their full attention to Wednesday night's contest with Adair County in the 20th District Tournament, to played at the John Burr Memorial Gym at Adair County High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Knights Host LaRue For Senior Night (2/15/2013)
Vincent Collins is the only senior on the Knights' roster.
The Marion County Knights will honor their only senior tonight when they host the LaRue County Hawks in a JV/Varsity double-header at the Roby Dome. Senior post player Vincent Collins will be honored prior to the start of the Varsity contest. Collins first played for Marion County's Freshmen team during the 2008-2009 season when he was still in the 8th grade. He won the Freshmen MVP award the following season and has been named the most improved player in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Collins was also named to last season's 20th District All-Tournament team and is currently in tenth place on the school's list of all-time rebounding leaders with 471 boards.
The Hawks have clinched the regular season crown in the 18th District and come into tonight's game with a 17-7 record. Senior guard Kelton Ford is among the state leaders in scoring at 22.8 points per game and has the ability to take defenders to the basket or to pull up for jump-shots. The Knights' ability to contain Ford will play a key role in the outcome of tonight's game.
The Varsity contest is scheduled for 7:30 PM, following the Junior Varsity game at 6:00 PM.
LaRue County senior Kelton Ford (11) is guarded by Marion County's Luke Price in last season's game in Hodgenville. Ford is averaging 22.8 points per game for the Hawks.
Bulldogs Too Strong For Knights (2/12/2013)
Latrelle Irvin slips past a pair of John Hardin defenders for two of his game-high 26 points for Marion County. Irvin also set a career-high in rebounds with 14 boards.
The John Hardin Bulldogs showed why they're the top-ranked team in the Fifth Region, rolling past the Marion County Knights at the Roby Dome 85-67 Tuesday night. Marion County's Latrelle Irvin led all scorers with 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep the Knights from suffering their second consecutive loss to a 17th District power. The Knights took an 88-60 road loss at North Hardin on Friday night.
John Hardin had to battle early foul trouble as forward Daveon Greene picked up his second foul a little more than two minutes into the game, then two and a half minutes later player-of-the-year candidate, guard Brandon Price, picked up his second foul. The Bulldogs' Keon Williams answered by hitting a short jumper to give his team an 11-point lead at 17-6 before Anthony Mattingly scored on a lay-up for Marion County to stop the run.
The Knights continued to cut into the John Hardin lead and Alex Smith's three-pointer with 4:24 left in the second quarter pulled Marion County to within two points, 23-21, forcing a Bulldogs time-out. John Hardin head coach Mark Wells gambled and put Price and Greene back in the game and they helped lead the visitors on a 16-3 run to close the period, putting the Bulldogs on top 39-24 at the half.
John Hardin kept up the pressure in the second half, stretching their lead to as much as 22 points midway through the third quarter. Marion County kept chipping away in the fourth, with Alex Smith scoring a pair of baskets and Irvin slashing through the paint as well as scoring on a pair of offensive rebounds to pull the Knights within 13 points with just under 4:00 to play. But the Bulldogs answered with a quick spurt and just over a minute later, the lead was back to 20 points, 83-63.
In addition to Irvin's 26 points, Smith scored 14 for the Knights with three three-point field goals and Vincent Collins scored seven points with nine rebounds. The Bulldogs put four players into double-figure scoring: reserve Elijah Smith drained four three-pointers and scored 19 points, Greene finished with 18 points, Williams scored 16, and Price scored 14 including a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The JV Knights also took one on the chin from the Bulldogs' junior varsity squad, 59-30. You can read more about this game by clicking o the "JV" button in the left-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights wrap up the regular season Friday with a Junior Varsity/Varsity double-header against LaRue County at the Roby Dome on Senior Night. The Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30 PM, following the JV contest at 6:00 PM. Senior Night ceremonies will be held between games.
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