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Knights win last-second thriller

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights varsity boys basketball team traveled to Campbellsville to take on the Taylor County Cardinals Monday of last week. Despite being down by 10 points in the game, the Knights managed to make a comeback and defeat the Cardinals by two points with a final score of 45-43. Junior Carlos Litsey hit a shot with two seconds remaining in the game to put it away and scored a game high 16 points.  
As the first quarter began, the Knights and Cardinals traded baskets for the first minute. Taylor County went on a 7-0 run to grab an early 9-2 lead with 3:29 left in the opening frame. For the remainder of the period, Marion County would outscore Taylor County 7-4 to only trail by four points at the end of the frame with a score of 13-9.
It appeared as though the Cardinals would seize control of the game as they scored 10 of the first 13 points in the frame to grab their biggest lead of the night of 11 points with a score of 23-12 with 3:27 left until halftime. Eight Marion County turnovers and poor free throw shooting kept the Knights from drawing any closer than six for the remainder of the period, with the half ending up with Marion County trailing by eight points with a score of 27-19.
The Knights came out of the locker room and blitzed the Cardinals during the third quarter, only allowing Taylor County to score five points. Marion County used a 14-0 run from the 5:21 mark until the 1:54 mark to score all of their points. The Knights led a balanced attack with five players scoring in the frame, while none of them had more than four points. Senior Jared Vaughn tallied a field goal with 2:41 remaining to give the Knights their first lead of the game at 30-29, a lead that Marion County would only give up once for the rest of the game. The third quarter ended up with Marion County on top by one point with a score of 33-32.
The first basket of the fourth quarter put Taylor County back on top by one at 34-33, but was quickly answered by back-to-back three point goals by junior John Southall and senior Deshawn Douglas. The Knights held a seven point lead with 2:29 remaining in the game before the Cardinals went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 43 points with only 0:45 left. Neither team scored again until junior Carlos Litsey put in a basket with 0:02 remaining to give the Knights a two point lead at 45-43. Taylor County had a shot to tie the game on a last second shot by Tevin Webster, but the shot was unsuccessful. The Knights earned yet another hard fought come from behind victory against the Cardinals with a final score of 45-43 to push their record to 12-7 on the season.

Marion County      9  10  14 12 - 45
Taylor County        13  14  5  11 - 43
Marion County (12-7): Carlos Litsey 16, John Southall 8, Patrick Gribbins 6, Vincent Collins 4, Deshawn Douglas 4, Alex Smith 3, Josh Brockman 2, Jared Vaughn 2
Taylor County (11-12): Tevin Webster 12, Caleb Wiggington 10, Chase Seaborne 9, Trae Wells 7, Quentin Goodin 3, Matt Chewning 2