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Lady Knights beat Hart County by 28

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights varsity girls basketball team hosted the Hart County Lady Raiders at the Roby Dome Monday of last week. After a bit of a sluggish first quarter, the Lady Knights picked up the pace and took control of the game. Sophomore Makayla Epps poured in a game high 26 points in route to the Marion County victory with a final score of 62-34.
In the first quarter of play, both teams started out slowly with neither being able to find much of an offensive flow. Marion County failed to connect on its first three field goal attempts and first two free throw attempts to remain scoreless for four and a half minutes. At the 3:38 mark, the Lady Knights finally got a basket by senior Shakila Goodin to tally their first two points of the night.  After that, Marion County would score two field goals in the next eleven seconds forcing Hart County to use a timeout.  The two teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the period to end up deadlocked at eight points each.
The second quarter was a strong one for the Lady Knights who doubled up the Lady Raiders. Marion County scored ten of the first 14 points in the second frame to grab a six point lead at 18-12 with 3:58 left until halftime. Epps poured in 11 of her 26 points in this frame alone. Hart County’s Lindsey Burd kept Hart County in the game, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the opening half.  The Lady Knights ended the quarter on a 7-2 run to snag their biggest lead of the night at 10 points with a halftime score of 28-18.
“We just started attacking the basket and getting out and running more” Head Coach Trent Milby said about the difference between the first and second quarters.
After the halftime break, Marion County lost a bit of steam but was still able to outscore Hart County in the third quarter. A 6-2 spurt by the Lady Knights at the beginning of the period enabled them to increase their lead to 14 points with 5:35 remaining with a score of 34-20. Hart County scored the next four points, but Marion County answered with four points of their own to keep the lead at 14. For the remainder of the frame, both teams went back and forth with Marion County ending up leading by 13 points with a score of 41-28.
In the final period, the Lady Knights poured it on the Lady Raiders allowing them to only score six points while putting up 21 of their own. Epps once again put in 11 points in this frame, while junior Tessa Simpson chipped in seven points off the bench within the last 1:05 of the game.
Marion County did not allow Hart County to score over the final two minutes and pulled away with a 28 point victory with a final score of 62-34.  

Hart County           8  10  10   6  - 34
Marion County     8  20  13  21 - 62
Marion County (14-5): Makayla Epps 26, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 9, Alexus Calhoun 8,  Tessa Simpson 7, Bre Elder 4, Shakila Goodin 4, Logan Powell 4  
Hart County (16-7): Lindsey Burd 14, Lexee Wilson 14, Leah Burd 6  

In JV action...
The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity team played the first game of the night last Monday against the Hart County Lady Raiders. The Lady Knights defeated the Lady Raiders by 19 points, with a final score of 45-26. Sophomore Logan Powell and freshman Alexus Calhoun led the Lady Knights with 15 points and 11 points respectively.

Hart County           1  10    7  8 -  26
Marion County     11 13  12  9 - 45
Marion County: Logan Powell 15, Alexus Calhoun 11, Colleen Rakes 6, Jeni Dingus  3, Ambrasia Adams 2, Miranda Bradshaw 2, Haeli Howard 2, Kristen Mattingly 2, Kendyl Powell 2
Hart County: M. Atwell 10, A. Puckett 6, A. Hensley 4, S. Bradley 2, D. Howard  2, C. Priddy 2