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For the second year in a row, the Marion County Knights varsity basketball team traveled to Harrodsburg to participate in the Fort Harrod Classic hosted by Mercer County High School. Last year, the Knights managed one victory while suffering three defeats, and this year hoped to improve on that result. The team played games on four straight days beginning last Tuesday afternoon.
In their first game of the classic, the Knights faced the Stings from Miami, Fla. The Stings brought significant height to the floor, but the Knights hung tough early. Marion County had a disastrous third quarter in which they scored only three points and fell out of the game. The Knights trailed 33-30 at the half but found it difficult to score down the stretch and fell by a final score of 69-48.
Marion County High School 15 15 3 15 - 48
Miami, Fla. 15 18 18 18 - 69
Marion County (7-2): Latrelle Irvin 12, Alex Smith 10, Carlos Litsey 6, John Southall 5, Clay Lanham 5, Anthony Mattingly 3, Brandon Knopp 2, Patrick Gribbins 2, Vincent Collins 2, Luke Price 1
Miami, FL (8-1): Jorg Melo 15, Dervel Kimbrel 11, Adreel Jemenez 8, Allen Baez 8, Willie Walker 7, Anthony Concapcion 6, Jeffrey Thomas 6, Wadley Mompremier 4, Rashard Thompkins 2, Jawann Cook 2
The following game brought a match-up with the Woodford County Yellow Jackets. The two teams were evenly matched, and the game would be close throughout. The Knights only trailed by four points at the half, and were poised for a comeback. However, in the third period, the Yellow Jackets opened up on a hot streak and extended their lead to 44-35 with 3:21 remaining. The Knights would respond and battle back, only trailing by one point at the close of the quarter. In the final frame the Knights started strong, but were unable to score over the final 5:56 of the game after leading 51-47. Woodford County finished the game on a 10-0 run, and sent the Knights to their third defeat on the season by a final score of 57-51.
MCHS 17 14 13 7 - 51
WCHS 17 18 10 12 - 57
Marion County (7-3): John Southall 18, Carlos Litsey 17, Alex Smith 5, Latrelle Irvin 4, Patrick Gribbins 3, Clay Lanham 2, Vincent Collins 2
Woodford County (6-3): Rodney Gross 17, Addison Hollin 11, William Starcher 10, Landon Young 10, David Greenwell 8, Eli Boggess 1
The Knights next game would be against the Greenup County Musketeers. After a slow start, the Knights would turn up the intensity and begin to pull away from the Musketeers for their first victory during the classic. The Knights led by eight points at the half, and went on to win by 15 points.
MCHS 7 19 16 20 - 62
GCHS 13 5 10 19 - 47
Marion County (8-3): Latrelle Irvin 14, John Southall 13, Alex Smith 13, Carlos Litsey 8, Patrick Gribbins 5, Clay Lanham 5, Brandon Knopp 2, Vincent Collins 2
Greenup County (3-6): Darius Jackson 14, Justin Bond 13, Dustin Linthicum 6, Justin Holsinger 4, Stephonson Hayden 4, Robbie Dillan 3, Tanner Willis 2, A.J. Youngman 1
The Knights final game of the Fort Harrod Classic was against the host Mercer County Titans. After defeating the Titans in the opening game of the season, the Knights weren’t as fortunate this time.
Despite battling back from an early deficit to lead at the half, Marion County wasn’t able to hang on and lost, 74-66. Four Knights scored in double-figures.
“This is one of the best tournaments in Kentucky,” Coach Montrelle Irvin said. “We have shown we can play with elite teams, and have grown and become a better team while being up here. To be the best you have to play the best, and that’s what we have done.”
MCHS 6 26 16 18 - 66
MCHS 13 17 23 21 - 74
Marion County (8-4): John Southall 20, Alex Smith 14, Latrelle Irvin 12, Carlos Litsey 10, Vincent Collins 6, Patrick Gribbins 3, Clay Lanham 1
Mercer County (3-7): Jordan Duncan 21, Russell Sims 15, John Ingram 14, Cody Pike 9, Austin Horn 7, Drew Davis 6, Austin Sparrow 2