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Four Knights Claim Post-Season Awards (2/25/2018)
At the conclusion of last night's 20th District Tournament Championship game, four members of the Marion County Knights received post-season honors as selected by the District's coaches. Seniors Lez Means and Luke Thomas as well as sophomores Tyshay Epps and Jamison Epps all took home some hardware.
Members of the 20th District All-Academic Team: (L-R) Adair County's Hunter Cundiff, Campbellsville's Chanson Atkinson, and Marion County's Luke Thomas.
Luke Thomas has maintained a 4.0 GPA through his high school career and was named to the 20th District All-Academic Team. Thomas was also named to the regular season All-District team, having led the team in three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, steals, and blocked shots and was second on the team in total points scored. Thomas finished his career at Marion County at #7 in three-point field goals (123) and #4 in free-throw shooting percentage (75.0%).
Joining Thomas on the regular season All-District Team was fellow senior Lez Means, who was also named to the District All-Tournament Team. Means was Marion County's leading scorer for the past two seasons and finished his high school career with 1,349 points -- 6th place in school history. Means was also second on the team this season in assists and is in 13th place on the school's list of all-time assist leaders. In the Knights district tournament game against Adair County, Means scored 19 points with four assists.
The 20th District regular season All-District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Corey Melton (Adair County), Zion Harmon (Adair County), Dre Boyd (Adair County), and Malachi Corley (Campbellsville); (Back Row, L-R) Trevon Smith (Taylor County), Nick Knifley (Taylor County), Lez Means (Marion County), Jamison Epps (Marion County), Tyshay Epps (Marion County), and Luke Thomas (Marion County).
Also on the regular season All-District Team was point guard Tyshay Epps. Epps led the Knights this season with 116 assists and was third in total points scored (267). In his first full year of varsity action the sophomore has proven to be a dangerous offensive threat, being adept at both distributing the ball to open teammates and finding creative ways to attack the basket.
Sophomore Jamison Epps joined Means on both the regular season and tournament All-District teams. In his first full season of varsity play, Epps led the team in rebounding with an average of 7.8 per game while averaging 9.8 points per game and recording seven double-doubles. One of those double-doubles came in the Knights district tournament game game against Adair County when Epps scored 15 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
The 20th District tournament All-District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Ethan Lay (Campbellsville), Zion Harmon (Adair County), Hunter Cundiff (Adair County), Dre Boyd (Adair County), Corey Melton (Adair County), and Nataj Sanders (Campbellsville); (Back Row, L-R) Trevon Smith (Taylor County), Lez Means (Marion County), Jamison Epps (Marion County), and Chanson Atkinson (Campbellsville).
In last night's championship game, Adair County defeated Campbellsville, 75-63. Adair County freshman Zion Harmon was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was presented with the first Bobby Brockman Memorial MVP Award. Brockman was the long-time sports editor of Campbellsville's Central Kentucky News Journal and passed away suddenly earlier this year. Both Adair County and Campbellsville will represent the 20th District at next week's 5th Region Tournament to be played at Marion County's Roby Dome.
Knights Fall To Adair In District Tourney (2/22/2018)
Marion County's Lez Means (center) scores two of his 19 points against Adair County in the 20th District Tournament.
The Marion County Knights saw their season come to an end Wednesday night in the 20th District Tournament with an 86-76 loss to the Adair County Indians. This is the second consecutive season the Knights have lost in the opening round of the District Tournament to Adair County.
Both teams got off to a rough start, with the Indians holding just a 5-3 lead after four minutes of play. Adair County's Zion Harmon finally found the range first and led his team on a 12-4 run to close out the first quarter and increase the Indians lead to 10 points. Marion County's Jamison Epps started to punish Adair County inside in the second quarter, scoring six of his 15 points in the period as well as pulling down six of his 15 rebounds during that stretch. But Adair County senior Hunter Cundiff matched Epps' effort, scoring three field goals -- including a three-point play -- and was perfect at the free-throw line to score 9 of his 20 points in the frame and the Indians took a 35-24 lead at the half.
Adair County looked to put the Knights away in the third quarter, going on a 21-7 run over five minutes for a daunting 24-point lead, 59-35, late in the period. Marion County finally managed to stop the bleeding as senior Lez Means scored on a pair of drives and fellow senior Luke Thomas drained a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes of the quarter, but the Indians still held a 65-47 lead to start the fourth quarter.
(Left) Luke Thomas makes this deep three-pointer just as time expires at the end of the third quarter. (Middle) Mason Sullivan (10) pulls down one of his six rebounds in the first quarter. (Right) Jamison Epps takes a shot in the first half.
The Knights failed to dent Adair County's lead for much of the final period until finally putting together a 13-3 run late in the game to pull within eight points with just over a minute left to play. But that would be as close as Marion County would get. The Knights would commit two crucial turnovers in the final 40 seconds to snuff out their last chance and the Indians ran out the clock.
Epps scored 15 points on 7-17 shooting with 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Means scored 19 points with four assists in his final game as a Knight. Thomas went 4-for-6 behind the three-point line and finished with 14 points, also in his final game for the Knights. Adair County's Harmon led all scorers with 26 points while Corey Melton scored 23 and Cundiff scored 20 for the Indians. You can read more about this story by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here. Adair County will next play in the tournament championship game on Saturday night against the winner of tonight's Taylor County-Campbellsville contest.
(Left) Marion County senior Connor Higdon pulls down a rebound in his final game for the Knights. (Right) Tyshay Epps (1) pulls up for a shot in the first half.
District Tournament Starts Tonight (2/21/2018)
(Left) Marion County senior Lez Means leads the Knights with 19.2 points per game. (Right) Adair County freshman Zion Harmon is the leading scorer in the state at 33.6 PPG.
The post-season is upon us and it's win-or-go-home for the participants. The boys' 20th District Tournament opens tonight at Campbellsville High School's Paul J. Coop Gymnasium when the Marion County Knights take on the Adair County Indians. The winner of tonight's game will advance to Saturday's championship game to face the winner of Thursday's Campbellsville-Taylor County contest, as well as earn a spot in next week's 5th Region Tournament at Marion County's Roby Dome. The loser will see their season come to an end.
With a record of 18-10, Marion County enters the game with the fourth-best record in the 5th Region. But the Indians (17-11) claimed victory over the Knights in both regular season contests. On December 8 in Columbia, the Knights held a lead at the half but faded down the stretch as Adair County came away with an 88-77 win. The Indians were led in that game by the state's leading scorer, freshman Zion Harmon, who poured in 35 points, but Adair County sophomore Dre Boyd proved to be the deciding factor as he scored all of his 16 points in the second half. In the January 28 rematch in Lebanon, the game went down to the wire before the Indians escaped with a 79-77 win. Harmon once again led Adair County with 24 points while senior Corey Melton -- who did not play in the December match-up -- scored 23 points, including five three-pointers. Lez Means paced the Knights in both games, scoring 24 points with seven assists in the December contest and posting a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in the January game.
Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:00 PM Eastern time (6:00 PM Central).
Knights Win Regular Season Finale In Rout (2/16/2018)
Marion County senior Luke Thomas (0) starts a fast break after picking off one of his five steals.
The Marion County Knights wasted no time in putting away the Beth Haven (Louisville) Bearcats on Senior Night at the Roby Dome on Thursday. Marion County opened the game with a 21-3 run on its way to an 83-31 victory in the team's last regular season contest. The Knights held the Bearcats to just 30.8% shooting from the floor while converting 54.8% of their own shots.
Marion County senior Lez Means scored 17 points in his last home game, including 3-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Fellow senior Luke Thomas scored 10 points and matched a career-high with five steals. Senior Connor Higdon scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in his ninth start of the season. All fourteen players on the Knights Varsity roster scored at least one field goal in the contest.
Beth Haven ran off the final 40 seconds of the clock at the end of the first half, and ended the possession with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from sophomore Austin Whitehouse. But the visitors still found themselves down 49-21 going into the break. The Knights kept up the pressure and stretched the lead to 36 points on a layup by John Adams midway through the third quarter, triggering the running clock for the remainder of the game.
(Left) Connor Higdon scores on a pull-up jump-shot. (Middle) Lez Means scores three of his game-high 17 points on this shot. (Right) Freshman Dominick White comes away with a steal late in the game.
Marion County won the battle of the boards with their largest margin of the season, 42-15, while also forcing Beth Haven into 22 turnovers. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights still have a chance to play in the Roby Dome before the season is over, but they will have to knock off the Adair County Indians in the 20th District Tournament next week. The Indians have claimed both games against Marion County this season, winning 88-77 in Columbia back on December 8, and just holding on for a 79-77 win in Lebanon on January 28.
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