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By Will Phillips
It was a classic rivalry game atmosphere on Saturday night, as the Knights travelled north to take on Washington County’s Commanders. Marion County went into the game winners of their last seven contests and boasting an 11-3 record overall.
It was a tightly contested game through the first half, with Washington County giving Montrelle Irvin’s Knights all they wanted and more through the first two quarters. The Knights leapt out to a 12-1 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first period, but the Commanders came back, tying the game at 23 with a halftime buzzer beater.
“We really wanted to look inside,” Irvin said, regarding the halftime adjustments he made to create some distance in the second act. “One thing we can do, we can shoot the ball. But we weren’t hitting our shots, so we really needed something inside to go to first.”
It must have worked, because after halftime, the Knights took the lead and never looked back, eventually winning by 13 points, 60-47.
Senior guard Clay Lanham led the team in scoring with 18 points, 14 in the second half, on five of seven shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds in the win.
Senior forwards Latrelle Irvin and Anton Cowherd turned in good performances, scoring seven and 13 points, respectively. Irvin also hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds, while Cowherd pulled down seven.
Junior forward Jordan Bottoms led the Commanders with 10 points in the loss.
After the game, Coach Irvin said that the Knights needed to hit the boards.
“Our rebounding wasn’t no where we needed it to be. We weren’t the aggressor…we got satisfied with that 12-1 run. We eased down, and then they came back…and it was hard for us to get back in our mojo,” he said.
The Knights (12-3) and Commanders (2-10) will go at it once more this season, on Feb. 8 in the Roby Dome.
Next up for Marion County is a boys/girls home double-header on Jan. 17 against the Campbellsville Eagles (1-13). The Knights defeated the Eagles 73-55 in Campbellsville on Jan. 3.