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By Nick Schrager and Will Phillips
Inclement weather put a halt to many things in the southeast and Kentucky over the weekend, but it could not stop the Marion County Knights.
Although they would cancel their Dec. 6 game against the Russell County Lakers (1-0), clear highways and a break in the weather allowed Marion County to be make it to the Corky Cox Classic in LaRue Country.
The Knights (2-1) defeated the LaRue County Hawks, 72-67, in a close and heated game.
Knights Coach Montrelle Irvin said while the Hawks (0-1) were a tough opponent, his team got to enjoy a victory for the evening.
“We like to score in the 70s,” Irvin said.
Despite victory with a high score, the Knights would have a run for their money.
Irvin said the slow first half was a result of the team playing too relaxed.
“We weren’t working as hard as we wanted to,” Irvin said.
After tying the first quarter 16-16, the Knights would trail in the second 35-28.
Despite the tough half however, the Knights would come back in a big way.
“We wanted to really push up the score and we figured we could outscore them,” Irvin said.
The third quarter saw an increase in the Knights’ teamwork and game play. Working as a unit worked well for the Knights in the second-half, Irvin said. So well in fact, he said they would not have had the same outcome last year.
“If this was the game last year, there would be no way we would win,” Irvin said.
A series of shots by senior guard Alex Smith warmed up morale late in third quarter. Junior guard Chase Lancaster would also scored immediately after a steal. From there, offensive teamwork allowed the Knights to score again.
The Knights pulled within a point, 48-47, by the end of the third quarter.
Thirty seconds into the final quarter, junior guard Anton Cowherd tied the game 48-48 with a free throw. From there, however, the Knights would butt heads with the Hawks in a back-and fourth game. The board could hardly keep up with scores of 50-50, 51-51 53-53 all the way up to 65-65.
With 16 seconds left, Smith broke the stalemate with three-point shot. A series of consecutive free throws by the Hawks would raise their score to 67.
Despite this, the Hawks could not take the win.
Smith would get fouled two more times, and he made four free throws to secure the win.
Irvin said while Smith’s 27 points and Latrelle Irvin’s rebounds made them the standouts of the game, the entire defensive force was what really secured the win.
“Without them, we would not have even come close,” Irvin said.
With another notch in their belt, the Knights will host the Adair County Indians (2-0) in a double header with the Lady Knights (1-0) on Tuesday after press time.
Irvin said the Indians have proven be a tough foe the last few seasons, and he isn’t expecting any less this year.
“They had our numbers last year and we’re just excited to bounce back,” Irvin said. “It’s going to be tough.”
According to the KHSAA website, the last time the two teams met, the Indians defeated the Knights 54-40, while the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Indians three times last year, 71-38, 71-40 and 72-41.
The double header will begin with the Lady Knights playing the Adair County Lady Indians (2-0) at 6:30.
The Lady Knights were scheduled to play Iroquois on Dec. 7 at North Hardin High School, but that game was cancelled due to the weather.
Tigers outplay Knights
Senior Alex Smith scored a team-high 19 points in a losing effort on Dec. 3, as the Marion County Knights fell to the Bardstown Tigers, 78-67.
After the game, Coach Irvin gave credit to the Tigers
“Bardstown is a great team and will make a run for the regional title,” he said.
He added that the Knights played hard, but didn’t do the little things down the stretch. He also criticized the Knights’ rebounding numbers.
“We [gave] up 25 offensive rebounds. Any time that happens, you expect to lose,” Irvin said.
However, Irvin did find some positives take away from this game, noting that Latrelle Irvin finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Coach Irvin finished with an encouragement to his team.
“We can play with the best when we play as a unit,” he said.