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Boys hang on in thriller

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Knights beat Campbellsville Eagles 41-39

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Friday night, the Marion County varsity boys basketball team made the trip to Campbellsville to face the Eagles in their second battle of the season. After a hard fought game in which neither team led by more than nine points, the Knights held on at the end and came away with a 41-39 victory. This was the first district road win since February of 2008.  
In the first quarter, Campbellsville jumped out to a 4-0 lead that was quickly answered by Marion County to tie the score at four with 4:55 remaining. For the rest of the period, the two teams traded baskets, with Marion County leading 11-10 at the end of the frame.
The second quarter proved to be an important one for the Knights in which they seemed to have the upper hand. Marion County’s lead grew to nine points twice during this period and Campbellsville only managed six points in the frame. The strong defensive showing helped the Knights take a 23-16 lead into the halftime break.
Over the first 2:15 of the third quarter, Campbellsville went on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 26. For the remainder of the period, Marion County went on a 10-3 run to regain their seven point advantage. Junior Carlos Litsey chipped in five points during the third frame to help the Knights lead 36-29 going into the fourth quarter.
At the start of the fourth period, Marion County’s offense struggled and the Eagles were able to regain a one point lead, their first since 3:50 remaining in the first quarter. The Knights first point of this frame came at the 1:50 mark, when senior Deshawn Douglas hit a free throw to tie the game once again at :37.  The Eagles held a two-point lead up until the final seconds of the game. With only 0:07 remaining in the game, Douglas nailed a three-point basket to give the Knights a one point lead.  On Campbellsville’s next possession, Litsey stole the ball away all but ensuring a Marion County victory. After receiving the Litsey pass and being fouled, junior Patrick Gribbins made one of two free throws with only :00.8 remaining to give the Knights a two point lead. The Eagles weren’t able to connect on their final possession, and Marion County came away with a hard fought 41-39 victory.
“It feels good to be in the position that we are in as a team,” Marion County Head Coach Anthony Epps said. “It feels even better for these seniors that have been through the grind of high school basketball for four years, and finally have a shot to go out winners. That is what this is all about, the kids that make this program what it is. As a team we are very happy with where we are at right now, but we all know that we still have a lot of basketball to play.”    

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Marion County     11  12  13   5 - 41
Campbellsville    10   6   13  10 - 39
Marion County (7-6):  Deshawn Douglas 13,  Carlos Litsey 11,  Josh Brockman 6,  Jared Vaughn 4,  Patrick Gribbins 3,  Vincent Collins 2,  John Southall 2
Campbellsville (10-5):  Jordan Percell 14,  Matthew Davis 7,  Taylor Levi 6,  Jaqil Taylor 4,  Kevin Taylor 4,  Lake Wiseman 4