Cards soar past Knights

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Marion County’s winning streak ends at nine

 By Will Phillips


Enterprise correspondent

The Taylor County Cardinals ended Marion County’s nine-game winning streak on Friday night, downing the Knights by 17 in front of a standing-room only crowd in Campbellsville, 96-79.

Marion County trailed by as many as 26 points in the third quarter when they suddenly came alive, tearing off a 27-9 run. When they pulled within three on a three-pointer by senior Chase Lancaster with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cardinal crowd grew quiet. A few boos could even be heard from the stands. 

“We’ve got heart. I challenged [the team] when we were down 25. Either you’re gonna fight, or you’re gonna give up,” Knights Coach Montrelle Irvin said after the game. “They came back, fought within six, I think we just got a little bit tired out.” 

Down the stretch, stellar play by Taylor County senior forward Caleb Wigginton, who finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, sunk the Knights. 

Marion County senior Clay Lanham played well, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds, but it was Wigginton who drilled a three-pointer with just over three minutes remaining to stretch the lead back to 10, and put the Knights in the rearview mirror. 

“Caleb Wigginton…he’s so much taller, stronger, and he’ll pull you to the outside and hit the threes. So he’s a hard matchup for anybody…he’s just a great player,” Coach Irvin said. 

He added that his team got off to a slow start.

“We came out sluggish and they hit us in the mouth like a great team’s supposed to do. We finally woke up when we were down 25 points. I told them, I’m proud of you, but we’ve gotta play every game,” Coach Irvin said.

He laughed and said that he was eager to get another shot at Taylor County (15-4). 

“I can’t wait until they come to the Roby Dome,” he said. 

He’ll get that chance on Feb. 7. 

Next up for the Knights (13-4) is a trip to Central Hardin (9-8) on Jan 28. The Bruins have lost four of their last five games.