Knights show promise

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County High School boys basketball team hit the road last week to open up their preseason with the first of two scrimmages.
The Fern Creek Tigers hosted the Knights in the second annual Fern Creek “Jam”boree, and came away with a 76-43 victory in the varsity scrimmage. The junior varsity Knights also took on the Tigers, and also were defeated 43-32.
The teams played four eight-minute quarters, with the score being reset at the beginning of each. In the junior varsity game, the Tigers and Knights split the four quarters. The first and the third went to the Knights 10-9, and 10-8.  However, the Tigers would take the second and fourth quarters, 14-6, and 12-6 to come away with the victory.
Bobby Jaglowicz led the way for the junior varsity Knights with 10 points.  Jacob Overstreet added nine points and Alex Smith scored six points. Anthony Mattingly scored three points, Chase Lancaster had two points, and Zach Abell scored two points.
The varsity team struggled in the first half, but came alive in the second half.  During the first two quarters, the Knights were outscored 44-14 and looked out of sync.
However, in the second half the Knights played much better and were able to hang with the Tigers, only getting outscored by three points.
After an uneventful opening frame in which the Knights failed to score over the last four and a half minutes, they trailed 22-7. The second frame was a mirror image of the first and the Knights lost the second eight-minute frame by the identical score of 22-7.
After the halftime break, the Knights came out and looked more determined and that was reflected in the scoring. The Knights drew even with the Tigers in the third frame with each team scoring only eight points. Over the final eight minutes, the scoring barrage was on. The teams combined for 45 points, and the Tigers came out on top 24-21.  
“I felt we played good at the end,” Head Coach Montrelle Irvin said. “We competed and started to settle down. We made some adjustments at the half, and executed them.”
Irvin also commented that John Southall and Carlos Litsey led the way for the team, but in the second half it was a team effort.
Southall and Litsey each added 13 points while sophomore Latrelle Irvin added 11. Senior Patrick Gribbins and sophomore Alex Smith each added a three-pointer.