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Taylor Co. Holds Off Campbellsville; Will Meet Knights In Championship (2/20/2019)
The Taylor County Cardinals led by as much as 14 points in the second half, but had to hold off a determined Campbellsville Eagles team in the waning minutes for a 79-75 win Tuesday night at the Roby Dome in the 20th District Tournament. Taylor County senior Trevon Smith led all scorers with 31 points to lead the Cards into Friday's championship game against the Marion County Knights.
The Eagles were led by junior Malachi Corley and senior Nataj Sanders, who combined for 59 of their team's 75 points. Corley scored 30 points while Sanders poured in 29 points.
Knights open District Tourney With Blow-Out Over Indians (2/18/2019)
The Marion County Knights opened the 20th District Tournament at the Roby Dome Monday night with an 89-50 blow-out of the Adair County Indians. The Knights had one of their best shooting games of the season, making 55.9% of their shots from the floor, including 50.0% (8/16) from beyond the three-point line. The Knights also dominated the Indians on the glass, out-rebounding the visitors 42-20 for the game.
Adair County opened the game with a deliberate ball-control offense and managed to stay close early on, trailing Marion County just 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. But in the second quarter the Knights turned up the full-court defensive pressure. The Indians couldn't find an answer and went into the half trailing 33-17.
Things did not get better for the visitors in the second half. Marion County kept up the defensive pressure, forcing just 16 turnovers but also holding the Indians to just 38.8% shooting for the game. And with the Knights controlling the rebounding, Adair County did not manage any second-chance points for the game. The flood-gates opened in the fourth quarter and the lead continued to expand, even as Marion County emptied its bench with over five minutes left in the game. When it was all over, the Knights had recorded their largest winning margin since a 52-point thrashing of Beth Haven in last season's Senior Night.
Marion County senior Travis Wiser tied his career-high with 20 points while also pulling down five rebounds. Junior forward Mason Sullivan scored double-figures for the ninth consecutive game, finishing with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots. Fellow juniors John Adams and Tyshay Epps also hit double-figures in scoring -- Adams with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Epps added 11 points. Epps also finished with six assists, giving him 264 in his career and moving him to #6 on the school's list of all-time assist leaders. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The win advanced the Knights to Friday's 20th District Tournament championship game, where they will take on the winner of Tuesday's Taylor County-Campbellsville game. That game will tip off at 7:00 PM at the Roby Dome. The Knights also earned a berth in next week's 5th Region Tournament, which will be played at Hart County High School's Raider Gym in Mundfordville. Details of the 5th Region Tournament will be announced as they become known.
Knights Can't Spoil Bulldogs Perfect Season (2/16/2019)
The John Hardin Bulldogs showed why they're the #2 ranked team in Kentucky, torching the Marion County Knights' defense for 29 points in the first quarter Friday night, but then had to hold off the Knights' come-back attempt in the second half for a 67-59 win at John Hardin High School. The loss dropped Marion County's record to 20-7 to close out the regular season, while the Bulldogs completed their perfect regular season, 30-0.
John Hardin held a 16-point lead after the first quarter on the strength of relentless defensive pressure. In the second, the Knights finally found their footing and held the Bulldogs to just 10 points in the period and cut the lead to 39-28 by halftime. Marion County pulled within eight points early in the third quarter before John Hardin's pressure again allowed the home team to pull out to a 13-point lead to start the fourth period. The lead grew to 17 points, 59-42, on an offensive put-back by the Bulldogs' Aaron Scott with a little more than 5:00 left to play. The Knights wouldn't fold, again mounting a come-back that pulled them as close as six points late in the game. But a pair of free-throws from John Hardin's star junior forward Alex Matthews -- who finished with a team-high 16 points -- sealed the Bulldog's eight-point win.
Marion County junior forward Mason Sullivan led all scorers with 17 points on 7/14 shooting, and also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Knights. Despite having to bear the brunt of John Hardin's defensive pressure, point guard Tyshay Epps still managed to score 10 points and pass out six assists. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
Marion County will spend the weekend preparing for next week's 20th District Tournament, which begins Monday at the Roby Dome when the #1-seeded Knights take on #4-seed Adair County at 7:00 PM. No. 2-seed Taylor County plays #3-seed Campbellsville Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The winner of each game will advance to Friday's championship game, also at 7:00 PM.
Knights Top Eagles; Claim Top Spot In District (2/12/2019)
With the #1 seed in next week's 20th District Tournament in their sights, the Marion County Knights knocked off the Campbellsville Eagles 80-71 Monday night in the Roby Dome in the final district game of the regular season. Junior guard John Adams scored 21 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead Marion County. Adams also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
Marion County junior point guard Tyshay Epps struggled at the free-throw line in the second half, but still finished the game with 13 points and six assists, giving him 252 assists for his career and moving into a tie for 7th place on the school's list of all-time assist leaders. Mason Sullivan grabbed four rebounds for the Knights to go with his 12 points -- the seventh consecutive game in which the junior forward has scored in double figures. And sophomore forward Kanyon Spalding turned in another strong performance, scoring 18 points while grabbing 8 rebounds. Since entering the starting line-up on January 19, Spalding has averaged 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights will wrap up regular season play Friday when they travel to John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown for a JV/Varsity double-header. The Bulldogs (28-0) are the only remaining undefeated team in Kentucky (Scott County, at 27-1, is undefeated against Kentucky teams, with their only loss to Westchester High of Los Angeles, California). The JV contest will begin at 6:00 PM, to be followed by the Varsity game at 7:30 PM.
Knights Defense Comes Through (2/9/2019)
Despite scoring a season-low 54 points, the Marion County Knights came away with a 54-45 win Friday on Senior Night by holding the North Hardin Trojans to just 31.5% field goal shooting for the game. Senior Travis Wiser recorded a career-high seven steals while junior guard Tyshay Epps posted his first career double-double with 25 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights will play their final regular season home game Monday night when they host a 20th District rival, the Campbellsville Eagles, in a girl/boy double-header. A win for the Knights would clinch the #1 seed in the upcoming 20th District Tournament, to be played at the Roby Dome February 18-23. Meanwhile, Campbellsville head coach Tim Davis will be looking to record the 600th win of his stellar coaching career. Before taking the helm of the Eagles program, Davis coached at Marion County from 1981 to 1993 and won the school's only boys' state championship in 1993.
Knights Roll Over Lakers (2/3/2019)
The Marion County Knights jumped out early on the Russell County Lakers and never looked back, going on to an 83-61 win Saturday afternoon at the Roby Dome. Knight senior forward Travis Wiser turned in his best performance of the season, scoring 16 points on 7/8 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three steals, and four assists to lead the way.
Leading 21-12 after the first quarter, Marion County opened the second period with 12-2 run and the rout was on. Sophomore Kanyon Spalding had another stellar performance, scoring six of his 15 points on offensive rebound put-backs to help the Knights to a 52-24 lead at the half. Marion County let off the gas a little in the second half, but the Lakers never got closer than 21 points for the remainder of the game. Junior center Mason Sullivan hit double-figures in scoring for the fifth straight game, finishing with 12 points and seven boards while fellow junior John Adams led all scorers with 18 points -- including four three-point field goals. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The varsity Knights will take an extended break from games, next taking the court on Friday when they host the North Hardin Trojans in a JV/Varsity double-header. You can see the complete varsity schedule by clicking here.
Adams' 3-Pointer Completes Comeback Win For Knights In OT (2/2/2019)
After falling behind by 19 points early in the third quarter, the Marion County Knights came away with a thrilling 86-84 overtime win Friday night in the Roby Dome over 20th District rival Taylor County. Junior swingman John Adams buried a three-pointer with 0:03 left in overtime to complete the remarkable comeback.
The Cardinals scorched the nets in the first half, shooting 7/14 from three-point territory and 67% from the floor overall while lighting up the Marion County defense for a 51-34 lead at the half. But the Knights turned the tables in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 30-14 in the period to pull within one point, 65-64 starting the fourth quarter. On Marion County's first possession of the final regulation period, Mason Sullivan found Kanyon Spalding cutting to the basket for an assist and the Knights' first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Taylor County would regain the lead moments later on a basket from Kybrin Smith, but could not put the Knights away. Marion County would regain the lead with 0:25 left in regulation when Tyshay Epps made one of his eight assists to Sullivan in the post, 77-76. After the Cards missed a pair of free-throws on their end, Epps went to the line for the Knights and calmly sank a pair of his own free-throws to put Marion County ahead 79-76 with 0:07.9 left on the clock. But Taylor County's Nick Knifley buried a three-pointer with a pair of Knight defenders in his face to force the overtime.
With the score tied 83-83, Taylor County's Dejhon Irvin was fouled and went to the line for a pair of free-throws. Irvin made one of two for an 84-83 Taylor County lead with 0:36.9 left in the game. Epps dribbled out the clock to the 0:10 mark before making a move, sliding to the right side of the floor to find Adams in the corner. Adams' shot found the bottom of the net with 0:03 remaining to put the Knights on top, 86-84. The Cards called time to set up a final play, but Marion County's Dominick White disrupted the play, forcing a desperation three-point attempt by Smith that was wide of the mark and completing the Knights' improbable come-from-behind win.
Epps led all scorers with 26 points, shotting 6/9 from three-point territory and 6/6 at the free-throw line while also passing out eight assists. Spalding -- a sophomore making his fourth consecutive start -- continued his strong play of the last two weeks, setting new new career-highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Sullivan also posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. And Adams shot 5-9 from behind the three-point arc -- including the game-winner -- to finish with 18 points. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The win also moved the Knights into a virtual tie with Taylor County for first place in the 20th District standings. A win over Campbellsville, once that game is rescheduled from its postponed date on January 21, would clinch the top spot for Marion County as the team now holds the tie-breaker over the Cardinals.
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