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Knights roll in first scrimmage

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County High School hosted Bullitt East in their first scrimmage of the boys basketball season Wednesday of last week without a full deck of cards.

With a substantial amount of players still in football gear, the Knights were forced to play a five-guard lineup.

Kendrick Knopp shot the lights out, hitting six of nine three pointers on his way to 25 points in his varsity debut. Austin Spalding, Josh Reed and Deshawn Douglas all scored 14 for the Knights.

Knights Head Coach Tim Peterson said Knopp is a gifted shooter but will eventually have to work harder to find his shot once teams start keying in on him.

Austin Spalding had six assists and three turnovers for the Knights. Josh Reed continued his defensive effort from last season and shot well from the field (four of six).

"He's been struggling with his shooting. If he's scoring it makes it that much better," Head Coach Tim Peterson said.

John Southall and Dalton Mills alternated at the point guard position for the Knights. Peterson said neither guard is where they need to be in the decision making process, especially in half court sets. Peterson said the Knights looked good in transition and that part of the problem with the half court game came from playing five guards.

Peterson said he was pleased with the overall effort and the passion the young Knights showed. He said the press proved effective and the Knights were able to get their hands on the ball often.

After six quarters of play, the Knights outscored Bullitt East 77-76.

The Knights open the regular season on December 1 against Garrard County at Garrard County. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.