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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.
Adair Is Tough Test For Knights District Opener (12/6/2016)
Adair County senior Chance Melton has been a starter for the Indians since his 7th-grade season.
The Marion County Knights will play their first 20th District game of the season tonight when they travel to Columbia for a match-up with the Adair County Indians. The Knights and Indians last met in last season's district tournament where Marion County put an end to Adair County's season with a 68-57 upset win.
Adair County enters tonight's game with a 3-0 record, a gaudy average winning margin of 23.7 points per contest, and a very experienced roster with seven seniors. The Indians leading scorer is senior Kel Stotts, who is averaging 25.7 points per game and returns to the Adair County roster after playing the last three seasons at Russell County. Stotts, who last played for the Indians in 2012-2013 as an 8th-grader, has converted 11 of his 20 three-point shot attempts (55.0%). Helping to carry the scoring load are brothers Chance and Corey Melton. Chance Melton is a senior who has been a varsity starter for the Indians since his 7th-grade year and is averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He is also torching opponents' interior defenses by shooting 75.9% from the floor. Corey Melton is a junior who has been a three-year starter for Adair County and averages 11.7 PPG. In addition, senior Cameron Lasley chips in 7.0 PPG for the Indians and is second on the team in rebounding at 8.0 RPG.
Adair County head coach Deron Breeze wants his team to play with an up-tempo style, which has led to his squad scoring over 90 points twice already this season. After scoring 102 points on Saturday and 84 in their season-opener against Glasgow, the Knights have shown they have the ability to put up a lot of points. But in their two losses Marion County fell short of 60 points in both games.
Tip-off tonight is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central time) following the Lady Knights and Lady Indians game at 6:30 PM.
JV/Freshmen Double-Header Cancelled -- Monday's JV/Freshmen double-header at Thomas Nelson was cancelled at the last minute due to transportation issues. The Freshmen and JV Knights will play back-to-back double-headers on Wednesday and Thursday against Nelson County (Wednesday) and Washington County (Thursday). Both nights will be at home in the Roby Dome, so the bus shouldn't be an issue. The Freshmen match-ups will be at 6:00 PM both nights with the JV following at 7:00 PM.
Knights Offense Heats Up; Knocks Off Caverna 102-84 (12/4/2016)
Marion County's Isaac Lanham scores two of his 17 points in the Knights' 102-84 win over Caverna.
After struggling through a frustrating loss to Elizabethtown on Friday, senior Isaac Lanham posted his 11th career double-double on Saturday to lead the Marion County Knights to a 102-84 win over the Caverna Colonels in the Dominos Pizza Tip-Off Classic at Campbellsville High School. The game marked the first time Marion County had reached the century mark since scoring 100 points against Holy Cross (Louisville) on December 2, 2000. Current Marion County assistant coach Matthew Thomas was a freshman on that team.
Lanham finished the game with 13 rebounds and a career-high 17 points. And he wasn't the only player for the Knights to set new personal bests. Junior Lez Means tied a career-high with 22 points. Fellow junior Luke Thomas set new personal highs with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and tied his high of 4 three-point field-goals. Senior Jaren Epps' 15 points and five rebounds were also personal bests. And sophomore guard Trevor Douglas came off the bench to hit 3 three-pointers on his way to a career-high 11 points.
Marion County claimed a 26-18 lead at the end of the first quarter before the real fireworks took off in the second. Caverna's Devan Paul hit three of his seven three-pointers in the period while his backcourt-mate Jobby Howard sliced through the Knights defense for 14 of his 24 points. Thomas provided much of Marion County's response, burying four three-pointers of his own while Epps and Means picked their way through the Colonels defenders for several inside scores. Lanham corralled most of the loose balls and scored on a pair of inside moves as teammate Travis Wiser pulled down four offensive boards before the break. Caverna made several runs at the Knights but Marion County responded each time, taking their largest lead of 13 points with 22 seconds left in the half before the Colonels' Joe Davidson made one of two free-throws with four seconds to go to make the score 62-50 in favor of Marion County at the half. By comparison, the previous night against Elizabethtown the Knights scored just 58 points for the entire game.
(Left) Jaren Epps scores on an acrobatic drive for two of his career-high 15 points. (Middle) Luke Thomas launches one of his four three-point FGs in the second quarter. (Right) Sophomore Trevor Douglas hit this deep three-pointer to push Marion County's score over the century mark.
The offense cooled somewhat for the Knights at the start of the third quarter as Caverna opened the period with a 12-2 run to cut Marion County's lead to just 64-62, forcing head coach Montrelle Irvin to call time with 4:22 remaining in the period. The Knights answered with a 9-0 run of their own to stretch the lead back to 11 points.
Caverna would cut the Knights' lead to under double-digits four times the rest of the way with Marion County finding an answer each time before foul trouble and fatigue began to take its toll on the Colonels. Over the final 6:13 of the game, Marion County went on a 19-9 run for the final margin. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights return to action on Tuesday when they hit the road to Adair County for the opening game of 20th District play as part of a girl/boy double-header. The girls contest is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central time) with the boys game beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central).
Panthers Rally In Third Quarter; Knights Fall 65-58 (12/3/2016)
Marion County's Luke Thomas loads up to hit one of his four 3-pointers against Elizabethtown.
The Marion County Knights seemed to have things under control after two quarters Friday night, taking a 32-27 lead at the half. But the Elizabethtown Panthers opened the third quarter with a 15-3 run to claim a seven-point lead, then held off a Marion County rally in the fourth to hand the Knights a 65-58 loss at the Roby Dome.
Marion County junior Luke Thomas hit three of his career-high four three-pointers in the first half, including one in the waning seconds of the second quarter to help Marion County to a five-point lead at the break. Panthers head coach James Haire made a change in his line-up to start the third quarter, inserting junior guard Tyler Durbin who helped spark Elizabethtown's opening run of the half. The Panthers' lead hovered around six points for most of the fourth quarter. The Knights got as close as two points on three occasions in the final period, but could never recover the lead as Elizabethtown seniors Jacob Fiepke and Devin Marcum both hit a pair of inside baskets to hold off the Marion County charge. Free-throws in the final minute by Fiepke and Durbin sealed the deal and the Knights suffered their second loss of the season.
(Left) Travis Wiser (31) pulled down six rebounds against the Panthers. (Middle) Senior Lamarcus Bell scored five points in the first half. (Right) Sophomore guard Trevor Douglas drives to the basket for a two of his 23 points in the JV Knights' 53-52 loss to the JV Panthers. Douglas also drained six 3-pointers in the game.
For the Knights, Thomas finished with a career-high 14 points and tied a career-high with five rebounds. Lez Means was Marion County's only other double-figure scorer with 14 points, six rebounds, and a pair of assists. Travis Wiser added six points, six rebounds, and three assists. 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 shake off the loss quickly as they take on the Caverna Colonels (2-0) this afternoon at Campbellsville High School in the Dominos Pizza Tip-Off Classic. Game-time is scheduled for 5:30 PM Eastern time.
JV Knights Take First Loss of Season -- Marion County's JV Knights suffered a heart-breaking 53-52 loss to Elizabethtown's JV Panthers on Friday despite six three-pointers and 23 points from sophomore Trevor Douglas. Marion County had an opportunity to take the lead as time ran out but could not get a shot to fall before the clock hit 0:00.
The JV Knights return to action on Monday when they travel to Thomas Nelson High School for a Freshmen/JV double-header against the Generals. The Freshmen contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM with the JV game following at 7:30 PM.
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