Knights win one, lose three in Jessamine County Invitational

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County Knights claimed seventh place in the Jessamine County Invitational on Saturday afternoon with a 61-48 win against Pineville at East Jessamine High School.

The Knights (2-5) finally got a win against struggling Pineville (7-4), who had only lost one game and was on a six game win streak before entering the tournament.

Marion County jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half and maintained it through the second half, holding off Pineville in a battle of four seeds on the last day of play.

Deshawn Douglas knocked down 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

D.J. Hall lead the way with 13 points, his highest scoring output since the first night of the tournament.

Pineville knocked off eventual tournament champion Woodford County on the first night but lost three straight to East Jessamine (6-3), Grant County (7-2) and the Knights.

The Knights played Frankfort (3-6), West Jessamine (6-3) and Garrard County (7-2) close before dropping all three games.

Marion County (2-5) - D.J. Hall 13, Chris Southall 12, Austin Spalding 12, Deshawn Douglas 10, Josh Reed 6, Derek Cissell 4, Tyler Thompson 3, Chuck Elder 1


Marion County 59

Garrard County 60

In the morning game, the Knights and the Golden Lions of Garrard County (7-2) held a shooting clinic, making it rain with 19 threes between them.

The Knights led 28-26 at the half and 43-38 after three quarters.

The Knights found themselves up 50-41 with less than five minutes to play. Two quick threes and a quick two pulled the Golden Lions within one at 50-49 with 3:09 to play.

A string of free throws by Chris Southall put the Knights back up 54-49. A bucket by Justin Ray, who had seven of his nine points in the final three minutes, cut the lead to three at 54-51.

Another bucket by Tyler Woods would cut the lead to one with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Up 54-53, Southall drained a three to put the Knights up 57-53 with 1:05 to play in the fourth.

Garrard's Tyler Woods answered with a three of his own, making it 57-56 with 53 seconds to play.

Marion County never trailed in the second half until 26 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter when Garrard County's Justin Ray laid one in to put the Golden Lions up for good at 58-57.

Southall's three with 17 seconds didn't connect and led to another Garrard County easy basket to put them up 60-57.

Chuck Elder scored two in the paint off a rebound while trying to draw a foul as time expired to make it 60-59.

Garrard             10  16  12  22 - 60

Marion                10  18  15  16 - 59

Garrard County (7-2) - Tyler Woods 20, Evan Preston 20, Trent Prather 9, Justin Ray 9, Michael Riley 2

Marion County (2-5) - Chris Southall 17, Austin Spalding 15, Chuck Elder 13, D.J. Hall 6, Josh Reed 3, Tyler Thompson 3, Derek Cissell 2    

Marion County 60

West Jessamine 78

The Marion County Knights suffered their second loss in as many days in the Jessamine County Invitational against host team West Jessamine on Friday night in Nicholasville.

Down by only two at half time and most of the third quarter, the Knights collapsed in the fourth quarter and lost 78-60.

Host team and eventual tournament runner-up West Jessamine used a 12-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away for good.

Chris Southall led the way for the Knights with 13 points. D.J. Hall was held to eight points but added six blocks.

Marion                15  18  16  11 - 60

West Jessamine  18  17  21  22 - 78

Marion (2-5) - Chris Southall 13, Austin Spalding 12, D.J. Hall 8, Josh Reed 8, Deshawn Douglas 6, Derek Cissell 5, Brian Loper 4, Tyler Thompson 3, Justin Price 1

Marion County 61

Frankfort 67

    The Marion County Knights missed shot after shot in the paint on their way to a 67-61 loss against a beatable Frankfort High School team.

The Knights shot horrendously from the floor but remained within reach the entire game.

Knights stand out D.J. Hall missed a wide-open dunk, one of several, with about 2:30 to play that would have cut the lead to three. Instead the momentum swung and Frankfort took advantage, going on a 10-2 run to put the Knights away.

Marion County would catch fire in the final 40 seconds and close the gap to four with eight seconds to go but it was too late. A loose ball that ended up in Chuck Elder's hands would turn into a Knight turnover as Elder walked trying to gain possession under the basket.

A pair of free throws would ice the deal for Frankfort, putting them up 67-61 as the final horn blew.

Hall lead the way for the Knights with 15 points but could have had twice as many points if not for missed dunks and easy buckets in the paint. The senior went 10-11 from the field in the previous game but showed up as a different player against Frankfort.

Elder and Chris Southall were also in double figures with 13 and 11. The Knights, as a team, went cold from the three-point line in the second half.

Deshawn Douglas, who averages over 12 points per game, was limited to four points by a stingy Frankfort defense.

Turnovers were also a problem for the Knights who consistently threw it away trying to get the ball to Hall in the post.

Frankfort had three players in double figures, led by Will Smith with 22 points. Dylan Gilke had 17 and Duriyan Frazier had 13.


Marion               13  13  16  19 - 61

Frankfort              16  16  16  19 - 67


Marion (2-5) - D.J. Hall 15, Chuck Elder 13, Chris Southall 11, Austin Spalding 7, Josh Reed 6, Jason Buckman 5, Deshawn Douglas 4

Frankfort (3-6) - Will Smith 22, Dylan Gilke 17, Duriyan Frazier 13, Kevi Metcalf 9, D.J. Smith 6