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The Marion County Lady Knights have had quite a ride during the past four years.
Four straight trips to the Sweet 16.
Three trips to the final four.
Two consecutive state finals appearances.
And one perfect season, ending with the first girls basketball state championship in Marion County history.
It’s hard to know where to begin in recounting this team’s success.
They finished the season 39-0 becoming the first unbeaten Kentucky girls team since Marshall County in 1984.
And the Lady Knights didn’t just win. They dominated their opposition.
Science Hill (a Tennessee school) played the Lady Knights within three points, but no Kentucky school got closer than 15 points.
Without question, the Lady Knights have put together one of the most impressive seasons by any Kentucky high school basketball team. Several people have even said this may be the greatest girls high school team in state history. We agree.
They won the Republic Bank Classic in Lexington, the Gateway Holiday Classic in Montgomery County, the Ratz Fence Classic at Mercy in Louisville, the 20th District Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, and the 5th Region for the fourth year in a row.
Three Lady Knights have signed to play with Division I schools (so far). Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, both Miss Basketball finalists, are heading to the University of Kentucky, and Logan Powell will play for Norfolk State. Coincidentally, those three players were named to the all-state tournament team. Epps was also the tournament’s most valuable player.
Another Lady Knight Patrice Tonge received the Forcht Bank/Kentucky National Insurance Uncommon Excellence award for sportsmanship during the tournament.
The people of Marion County also deserve a pat on the back as well. The crowd at Saturday’s state final was one of the largest in the history of the Girls Sweet 16, and it was obvious that most of the 6,259 fans were Lady Knights’ supporters.
This week the Lady Knights will be sharing their success with the community, visiting schools in the county March 21-22. On March 25, they will visit the General Assembly in Frankfort.
And at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, they will hold a community pep rally at MCHS. This will also serve as a send-off for Epps, who will become the first Marion County player ever to participate in the McDonald’s All-American game April 3 in Chicago.
But perhaps just as important as any of the individual or team accolades, the Lady Knights have lived up to the first part of their name. They have been ladies on and off the court.