Freshman Knights win district

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Saturday morning the Marion County Knights freshman team competed in the 20th district tournament held at Marion County High School. The Knights headed into the tournament as the No. 1 seed with an unblemished record of 6-0 on the regular season. After dispatching the Campbellsville Eagles in their opening round game by a score of 57-35, Marion County faced a tough opponent in Taylor County. After a close and hard fought game throughout, the freshman Knights were able to come back and defeat the Cardinals with a final score of 48-46 to capture the 2010-11 20th district title.
In the opening game against the Eagles, the Knights jumped out to a big 18-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.  Clay Lanham put in six of his game high 17 points in this frame alone while four other Knights would break into the scoring column as well.  At the halftime break the Knights held a lead of 17 points with a score of 33-16.  Coming out of the locker room, the Knights showed why they were the number one seed outscoring Campbellsville 20-7 in the third quarter.  The lead grew to 30 points at the end of the frame, with only the margin remaining in question.  Marion County was only able to tally four points in the final frame, but the game was out of reach for Campbellsville. The Knights defeated the Eagles 57-35.
In the championship game of the freshman 20th district tournament, the Marion County Knights squared off against the Taylor County Cardinals in a very close game that went back and forth until the final buzzer.  In the first quarter of action, the Knights would have five players enter the scoring column to help Marion County lead 20-14 at the end of the frame.  Marion County would struggle offensively during the second period only scoring three points coming only 39 seconds into the frame. Taylor County took advantage of the lack of offense by Marion County to grab a seven-point lead heading into the halftime break with a score of 30-23.
During the third quarter the two teams traded baskets and the margin changed very little.  Marion County trailed by ten points at one point, but battled back to trail by only six at the end of the period with a score of 40-34.  After a spirited speech by coach Mark Bell before the fourth quarter began, the Knights outscored the Cardinals 14-6 during the final six-minute period.  The game was tied twice in the final two minutes, before Alex Smith hit a running jumper with only eight seconds remaining to give the Knights a two-point lead.  Taylor County had a shot to tie the game, but their jumper would not stay in the basket.  Marion County came out victorious with a final score of 48-46 to claim the 20th district freshman tournament title.

Marion County    20      3     11    14 - 48
Taylor County    14     16     10     6 - 46
Marion County (8-0): Luke Price 13, Alex Smith 12, Bobby Jaglowicz 10, Anthony Mattingly 9, Clay Lanham 4
Taylor County (5-3): Latrelle Irvin 21, Quinten Goodin 9, Brady Turpin 7, Caleb Wiggington 7, Luke McDonald 1, Noah Scott 1