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Wethington Signs LOA With SCC (5/4/2016)
Marion County guard Tyler Wethington signed a letter-of-intent to play collegiate basketball at St. Catharine College on Tuesday. Wethington's family and coaches joined him for the signing at Marion County High School. Appearing in the photo above: (Front Row, L-R) Helen Spalding, grandmother; Candi Spalding, mother; Carlee Jo Wethington, sister; Tyler Wethington; Blake Wethington, brother; Steve Wethington, father; and Kristen Murphy. (Back Row, L-R) MCHS Principal Michael Abell; James Spalding, uncle; SCC head coach Joe Krupinski; and MCHS boys head coach Montrelle Irvin. (Photo courtesy of Dennis George)
Marion County senior guard Tyler Wethington signed a letter-of-intent on Tuesday to play collegiate basketball for the St. Catharine College Patriots. SCC is located just west of Springfield, Kentucky, and plays in the highly competitive Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Wethington played Varsity basketball for three years at Marion County High School, amassing 751 points and 132 assists during his career. He led the Knights in scoring as a senior, averaging 17.2 points per contest, while also leading the team in assists, steals, free-throws attempted, and free-throw shooting percentage, helping Marion County advance to the 5th Region Tournament for the first time since 2012. For the 2015-2016 season Wethington was named to the regular season All-District Team for the 20th District and All-Region Team for the 5th Region, as well as the 5th Region's All-Tournament Team.
Wethington Named To All-Tourney Team; Cards Claim Region Title (3/9/2016)
Nelson County Athletic Director Bill Broaddus (right) presents Marion County's Tyler Wethington with a plaque for being named to the 5th Region All-Tournament team. (Photo by Dennis George)
Marion County senior Tyler Wethington was named as a member of the 2016 5th Region All-Tournament team in ceremonies following the championship game Tuesday night at Nelson County High School. In the Knights' first-round loss to Bardstown, Wethington scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds, passed out four assists, and shot 7-8 at the free-throw line.
Wethington finished his senior season as Marion County's leading scorer, averaging 17.2 PPG. He also led the team in assists and steals and shot 75.1% from the free-throw line. He was also named to the regular season All-20th District and All-5th Region teams.
In Tuesday's championship game Taylor County's Quentin Goodin scored 33 points to lead the Cardinals over Bardstown 69-53, the second consecutive season Taylor County has claimed the 5th Region title. The Cardinals will face Mason County in the first round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament in Rupp arena on March 17 at 6:30 PM.
Tigers End Knights Season In Region Tourney (3/4/2016)
Marion County's Tyler Wethington is guarded closely by Bardstown's Santrel Farmer. Wethington scored 21 points in his final game as a Knight.
Playing in their first 5th Region Tournament in three seasons, the Marion County Knights fell to the Bardstown Tigers 80-49 Thursday night at Nelson County High School, bringing their season to a close. The Tigers went on a 22-5 run in the second quarter and Marion County could never recover.
The Knights held their own throughout the first quarter with senior guard Tyler Wethington scoring seven of his 21 points in the period. With under a minute to play in the quarter, senior Deshay Epps scored inside on a feed from freshman Travis Wiser to give to put the Knights up 13-12, but an offensive put-back by Bardstown's Kel Livers just as time was running out gave the lead back to the Tigers, 14-13.
Bardstown had taken a seven-point lead three minutes into the second quarter when Marion County's Lez Means scored on a drive to pull the Knights back within five, 23-18. But that would be the last points of the quarter for Marion County as the Tigers closed out the half with a 13-0 spurt. Bardstown's smothering full-court press took advantage of Wethington's absence after he picked up his second foul and went to the Knights bench, forcing several Marion County turnovers which led to transition baskets on the other end. The Knights committed 21 turnovers for the game and Bardstown took a 36-18 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Marion County's offense finally regained its footing, led by field goals from Epps and Means as well as free-throws and a three-pointer from Wethington. But the Knights could never get the lead below 14 points as the Tigers well-balanced offense kept Marion County's defense on its heels. Fatigue and foul trouble began to plague the Knights in the final quarter with their only reliable scoring coming from Wethington's free-throw shooting as Bardstown claimed the 31-point win to advance to Monday's semifinals.
(Left) Lez Means brings the ball up the floor against Bardstown's pressure. (Middle) Isaac Lanham (22) looks for an opening in the Bardstown defense. (Right) Deshay Epps scores inside.
Wethington's 21 points led Marion County's offensive effort as he also recorded four assists and four rebounds. Means and Epps both finished with 9 points for the Knights. Jarrett Dennison scored 14 points to lead five Tigers with double-figure scoring. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
In the session's other game, Central Hardin's Stephen Thompson's three-point attempt bounced through the net for a 72-71 lead with 0:02 to go in the game. Caverna's Mason Faulkner's long-range three-point attempt was off the mark and Central Hardin advanced to Monday's semi-final round to face Bardstown.
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