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The Marion County High School boy's basketball team continued to struggle in the fourth quarter, letting a heartbreaker slip away at home.
Down by 10 at the half against Nelson County, the Knights played stonewall defense in the third and half of the fourth quarter. The Cardinals only scored four points from the beginning of the third quarter until five minutes left in the fourth. From there, they went on a furious run to put the Knights away at the Roby Dome on Friday night.
A 21-4 run by the Cardinals over the last four minutes of the game put the Knights under, leaving them winless in January for the second season in a row.
"They went down low the last few minutes. They went to their strength, the inside," Head Coach Tim Peterson said. "We were kind of slow making our transitions and were exploited twice for lay ups. Someone has to hit a big shot and a big free throw. I'm kind of perplexed. We're on the road this week, hopefully we'll handle fourth quarter better."
The Knights looked early on like the team that went 9-3 to begin the season. Senior Josh Reed was five for six from three-point land to finish with 15 points. The team shot 11 for 21 from three, finishing up with 52 percent. Four Knights finished with double figures in the scoring column. None of that was enough for the Knights to escape with their first victory of 2010.
Nelson 23 20 4 21 - 68
Marion 17 16 14 12 - 59
Nelson County (11-7) - Quinten Brooks 6, Josh Kays 18, Demarcus Collins 22, Rickey Ricketts 2, Daniel Mudd 9, Bryce Greer 5
Marion County (9-11) - Bryson Bell 4, Kendrick Knopp 11, Josh Reed 15, Deshawn Douglas 11, John Southall 3, Austin Spalding 2, Mark Corbett 11, Carlos Litsey 2