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The Marion County Knights varsity basketball team traveled to Hodgenville to take on the LaRue County Hawks Friday night. After controlling the game early on, the Hawks made a comeback to send the Knights to their 11th defeat of the season. Senior John Southall led the way for the Knights with a game high 25 points.
Marion County bolted out of the gates early and used a 12-0 run midway through the opening frame to hold a 14-5 lead. However, LaRue County scored the final eight points of the period to cut the lead to just one point. Senior Carlos Litsey led the Knights with six points in the period.
The Hawks scored seven of the first nine points in the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead just a little over a minute in. Behind a pair of three pointers by sophomore Clay Lanham the Knights regained the lead at 24-20 two minutes later. Both teams traded points as the half ended with the Knights up 29-25.
In the third period, the Hawks outscored the Knights by seven points. Marion County maintained the lead all the way until a three-pointer at the buzzer by the Hawks. At the end of the third frame, the Knights trailed 41-38, and would not lead again.
The Knights made several comeback attempts over the final eight minutes, but weren't able to draw any closer than one point on two occasions. Midway through the period, the Hawks went on a 9-3 run to pull ahead 64-55 with 2:24 on the clock. Southall scored the final 11 points for Marion County to cut into the deficit, but it wasn't enough. The Knights fell to LaRue County by a final score of 71-66, finishing their regular season with a record of 17-11.
"LaRue County hit a high percentage of their free throws down the stretch," Head Coach Montrelle Irvin said. "They shot 32 free throws, and when you hit at a percentage like that (21-32 66 percent), it's tough to win on the road."
Irvin noted that now his team's focus is on the postseason.
"We now have to play Campbellsville, which had gotten a lot better lately," he said. "We know that we do not need to take them lightly."
The Knights played the Eagles last night in the 20th district opener, but results of the game were unknown as of press time.
Marion County 14 15 9 28 - 66
LaRue County 13 12 16 30 - 71
Marion County (17-11): John Southall 25, Carlos Litsey 16, Montrelle Irvin 10, Clay Lanham 8, Alex Smith 3, Vincent Collins 3, Patrick Gribbins 1
LaRue County (20-7): Kyle Sheeran 20, Kelton Ford 20, Kody Key 15, Kyle Meredith 8, Gabe Shirley 2, Tyler Howell 2, Jonathan Firquin 2
Friday night, the Marion County Knights junior varsity basketball team was also in action against LaRue County. The Knights were easily able to handle the Hawks and won by a final score of 77-41. Nine different players scored for the Knights in this game.
Marion County 21 17 20 18 - 77
LaRue County 11 8 13 9 - 41
Marion County: Anton Cowherd 13, Bobby Jaglowicz 12, Brandon Knopp 10, Robbie Spalding 8, Clay Rodgers 8, Jacob Overstreet 7, Alex Smith 6, Luke Price 6, Anthony Mattingly 6