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Cowherd Leads Knights Past Nelson Co. (1/31/2015)
Senior guard Anton Cowherd scored 20 points to go with 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
Senior guard Anton Cowherd posted his fourth double-double of the season Friday night as the Marion County Knights handed the Nelson County Cardinals a 58-47 loss and improved their overall record to 12-7. Nelson County dropped to 9-12.
Cowherd did most of his damage in the second quarter, leading the Knights on a 19-4 run to break open a close game and take a 35-16 lead at the half. After senior Tyler Reynolds and junior Bradley Watson carried most of the load for Nelson County in the first half, sophomore Max Ryan picked up the slack in the second half -- scoring all 10 of his points after the break. But the Knights took the air out of the ball in the final six minutes of the game and Nelson County couldn't create the firepower to make up the distance.
Cowherd finished with 20 points an 11 boards, as well as four steals and a blocked shot for the Knights. Fellow senior Clay Rodgers scored nine points while grabbing a career-high seven rebounds and senior Paul Schneider scored eight points -- his most as a Knight. Reynolds led Nelson County with 13 points while Watson and Ryan both finished with 10 points. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Freshmen Win Going Away, JV Goes To The Wire against Bethlehem -- Marion County's Freshmen Knights had no trouble cruising to a 64-30 win over Bethlehem's Freshmen Eagles, but the JV Knights needed some very last-second heroics to pull off a 43-42 win against the JV Eagles. You can read more about these games by clicking on the "JV" and "Freshmen" buttons in the left-hand column.
Knights Host Nelson Co. Friday (1/30/2015)
Marion County's Isaac Lanham pulls down a rebound earlier this season. Lanham leads the Knights with 9.0 rebounds per game this season.
After suffering their first setback in district play last Friday at Taylor County, the Marion County Knights are looking to bounce back tonight when the Nelson County Cardinals pay a visit to the Roby Dome for a girl/boy double-header. The Cards bring a 9-11 record to the table after a last-second win over Hart County on Tuesday.
Nelson County is shooting only 41.5% from the floor so far this season, but convert a more-than-respectable 34.7% of their three-point shot attempts. Senior forward Tyler Reynolds leads the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg while also hitting 80.7% of his free-throw attempts. Sophomore Max Ryan and junior Cameron Cornish are averaging 10.8 and 10.2 ppg, respectively, and Ryan can be a dangerous deep-threat, making 36.1% of his three-point attempts. Reynolds and sophomore Michael Greenwell are both converting 33.3% of their shots from beyond the arc. Cornish and junior Bradley Watson lead the Cards in rebounding with Cornish pulling down 6.3 boards per game while Watson is averaging 5.5.
Tip-off for the boys contest is scheduled for 7:30 PM following the girls game at 6:00 PM.
Cards Dominate Knights (1/24/2015)
The Taylor County Cardinals showed why they are the favorite to win the 5th Region title by overpowering the Marion County Knights on Friday evening, 79-41. Standout guard Quentin Goodin scored 23 to lead the Cards to 4-0 in 20th District play and take over first place in the standings.
The game started on a high note for Marion County when Anton Cowherd picked off a Goodin pass and raced down the floor for a slam dunk and the first points of the game. Taylor County's Brandon Berry scored inside on three consecutive possessions to help the Cards to a 19-11 lead. Senior guard Clay Rodgers came off the bench to spark the Knights with a pair of field-goals, including a three-pointer, and Cowherd closed out the first quarter with a pair of baskets to pull Marion County within four points, 24-20, at the end of the period.
That would prove to be the high-water mark for the Knights. In the second quarter Taylor County turned up the heat on a suffocating press, forcing 15 Marion County turnovers in the first half and going on a 20-1 run that lasted the entire period. For the first time in recent memory the Knights failed to score a field goal in a full quarter and the Cards took a 47-21 lead at the half.
Goodin opened the third quarter with a three-pointer that showed the Cards didn't lose any momentum during the half. Marion County's offense began to slowly generate some positive results. But Taylor County continued to stretch the lead until a pair of free-throws by Goodin gave the Cards a 35-point lead with 4:14 to go in the third, initiating the KHSAA's running clock rule and signaling that the game was now out of reach.
Isaac Lanham was Marion County's only double-figure scorer with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Cowherd finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds. In addition to Goodin's 23 points, Berry finished with 13 for Taylor County. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Varsity Knights will have a week off from games before their next contest, when the host Nelson County in the second game of a girl/boy double-header.
Schedule Changes for Freshmen (1/23/2015)
Due to inclement weather, Marion County's Freshmen Knights game scheduled for Saturday at Adair County have been cancelled.
Also, due to a scheduling conflict, Monday's Freshmen game with Bardstown has been cancelled. The JV Knights home game that night with Taylor County is still scheduled to be played at 7:00 PM.
Cards Have Few Chinks In Armor (1/23/2015)
Taylor County's Quentin Goodin (left) and David Sloan (right) in last season's 20th District Tournament.
The Marion County Knights will make the trip over Muldraugh Hill this evening to take on the top-ranked Taylor County Cardinals in a girl/boy double-header on the Cards' homecoming night. Taylor County boasts a gaudy 17-4 record and has only one loss to a Kentucky team this season.
The Cardinals have dominated most of their competition this year and are currently among the state's leaders in points scored and final margin. Coach Richard Gatewood's squad is hitting 51.0% of their shots from the floor and as a team are converting an astounding 40.8% of their three-point shot attempts. The Cards are led by Division I prospect Quentin Goodin, who is averaging 21.1 points per game. Senior forward Brandon Berry is also averaging double-figures at 15.6 ppg while sophomore guard David Sloan is averaging 13.0 ppg. Berry's presence in the post along with Goodin's ability to slash to the basket make defending the paint a tough challenge for any defense. But try to pack in a zone and senior guard Cameron Morgeson is hitting three-pointers at a Devin-Bookeresqe 55.8% rate while Sloan is only converting a mere 50.8% of his three-point attempts.
Anton Cowherd leads Marion County in scoring at 16.7 ppg while Chase Lancaster is averaging 13.4 ppg. But equally important to the Knights' chances tonight will be limiting the Cards' second-chance buckets, which means head coach Montrelle Irvin will need a strong effort on the glass from his top two rebounders, sophomore Isaac Lanham (9.3 rpg) and senior Anthony Tonge (7.2 rpg). The Knights will also have to find ways to solve the Cards' pressure defense and limit turnovers that can lead to easy transition baskets.
The scheduled start for the girls contest is 6:00 PM to be followed by homecoming ceremonies, which may cause a slight delay in the 7:30 PM scheduled tip-off for the boys game.
Freshmen and JV Knights Split Double-Header - The Freshmen and JV Knights travelled to Holy Cross (Lou.) on Monday for a double-header with the Cougars. The Freshmen Knights came away with a 47-42 win, but the JV Knights took one on the chin, falling to the JV Cougars 41-31. You can read more about these games by clicking on the "Freshmen" and "JV" buttons in the left-hand column.
Knights Top Adair; Remain Undefeated in District (1/21/2015)
Marion County's Chase Lancaster handles the ball against Adair County's Zach Hutchison.
Chase Lancaster scored 19 points and the Marion County Knights dominated the rebounding contest 48-26 to knock off the Adair County Indians on Tuesday night in the Roby Dome. The Knights improved to 11-6 overall and 4-0 in 20th District play, moving into the top spot in the district standings with just two game remaining -- both against powerful Taylor County. The Indians dropped to 7-11 overall and 1-3 in the 20th District and were mathematically eliminated from winning the regular season crown.
The game got off to a rocky start for Marion County as the Indians ran out to a 20-9 lead to start the game. But foul trouble plagued Adair County early on when senior guard Zach Hutchison picked up his second foul less than 15 seconds into the second quarter. Then, with Adair County leading 27-13, the Knights went on a 15-2 run to get back in the game and cut the visitors' lead to just one point. The Indians managed to stretch the lead back to six points on a Corey Melton jumper, but Hutchison picked up his third foul with 0:45.6 left in the half trying to stop Marion County's Clay Rodgers from driving to the basket. Rodgers hit both free-throws to cut the lead to four, then a deep three-pointer from Tyler Wethington pulled the Knights to within one points, 34-33 at the break.
Adair County opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets from the Melton brothers -- Corey and Chance -- and a three-point play from Hutchinson to stretch the lead back to eight. A floater by Rodgers cut the Indians advantage back to just three at 41-38, then on the Knights' next possession Hutchison was whistled for his fourth foul with 3:43 left in the quarter and went to the bench for the remainder of the period. Marion County took advantage and finally claimed a lead, 43-42, on an Isaac Lanham put-back with 1:15 left in the third. Shortly after that, starting forward Jacob Pooler also picked up his fourth foul for the Indians and had to retreat to the bench. On Adair County's next possession Chance Melton drew a foul on the Knights and hit one of two charity tosses to tie the score at 43-43 with 0:21.4 left in the period. But Lancaster hit a pair of free-throws to close out the period and give the Knights a 45-43 lead.
(Left) Anton Cowherd drives past Adair County's Chance Melton (21) in the first half. (Middle) Clay Rodgers scans the defense. Rodgers came off the bench to score 8 points with a pair of rebounds. (Right) Isaac Lanham (22) begins a fast-break after grabbing one of his 14 rebounds.
Marion County slowly stretched their lead in the fourth quarter, beginning with a three-pointer form Lancaster and a pair of baskets from Rodgers. With Anthony Tonge on the bench after picking up his fourth foul early in the final period, Lanham took over on the boards and helped the Knights to six second-chance points. With the lead still just five points, Lanham scored on a feed from Anton Cowherd on a fast break and picked up the Adair County foul. After completing the three-point play at the free-throw line, the Knights held an 8-point lead with just over a minute left in the game. That was as close as the Indians would get and Marion County remained unbeaten in district games.
In addition to Lancaster's 19 points, Cowherd finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and a team-high three assists. Lanham finished with 9 points and a team-high 14 rebounds as Tonge grabbed 13 rebounds. Rodgers finished with 8 points as the Knights' bench outscored Adair County's reserves 10-1. Chance Melton led Adair County in scoring with 17 points. Younger brother Corey Melton scored 15 points while 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 will now spend the next two days getting ready to face the 17-4 Taylor County Cardinals on their homecoming night in a girl-boy double-header. The girls game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM followed by the homecoming ceremonies before the boys contest scheduled for 7:30 PM.
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