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Fourth quarter dooms Knights

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County High School Knights basketball team traveled to Radcliff Friday to take on North Hardin. The Knights managed to stay in the game throughout the first three quarters, but their offense stalled in the fourth quarter as the Trojans went on to win the game by a final score of 88-60. Alex Smith led the way for the Knights with 24 points.
Four minutes into the game, the Knights found themselves in a 15-4 hole. Marion County battled back, and was sparked by a four-point play by Alex Smith to trim the deficit to 23-17 as the quarter ended.
The Knights got to within two points on two separate occasions early in the second quarter. A 10-3 run by North Hardin to end the half allowed the Trojans to take a 40-30 lead at halftime. Clay Lanham led the way for the Knights with six points in the quarter.
Marion County once again cut the deficit to 44-41 on a pair of technical foul free throws by Alex Smith with 4:47 left in the third quarter. However, the Trojans slowly pulled away as the period went on, and had built a 60-52 advantage as the frame ended.
Five points were scored by Marion County in the first minute and a half, but after that, the Knights went cold. North Hardin scored 17 straight points before Alex Smith ended a five-minute scoreless drought for the Knights with a three-pointer with 1:32 remaining in the game. The Trojans scored the final seven points of the game, and went on to win by a final score of 88-60.
“We played as hard for three quarters as we ever had,” Head Coach Montrelle Irvin said. “The outcome of the score really wasn’t as bad as it seemed. I was very proud of our guys. Not for one second did we give up. It was a three-point game late in the third quarter. They just wore us down.”

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Marion County 17 13 22 8 – 60
North Hardin 23 17 20 28 – 88
Marion County (11-14): Alex Smith 24, Clay Lanham 14, Vincent Collins 7, Chase Lancaster 5, Anton Cowherd 5, Latrelle Irvin 5
North Hardin (19-7): Ruben Gosa 26, Nick Lewis 20, Tyler Landry 16, Tyronn King 11, Scotty Sterusky 6, Khalil Rasheed 4, Malachi Mullins 3, Johnhy Hopkins 2

Coach Irvin is looking ahead to the upcoming matchup with Adair County in the district tournament. The Indians have beaten the Knights twice this year, but Irvin feels that this time will be different.
“They have had our number all year,” he said. “Now we have some key players back and I think it will be a whole different ball game. Each of the two games we played them, we shot under 30 percent and gave up 15 three-point shots. The key is going to be executing our offense, and getting out on their shooters.”