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The Marion County Lady Knights (16-4) took care of business as usual Friday night at the Roby Dome, closing out district opponent Taylor County (10-11) early and finishing district play unbeaten.
"I think our speed hurts them," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said. "They don't have a true point guard. They're just not athletic enough and they have trouble against our press. We play them in the first round of tournament and we have to be ready to go or anything can happen."
Milby started four junior varsity players and senior Dee Johnson against the Lady Cards. Milby said the junior varsity players started because of the way his usual starters played against Elizabethtown (18-2) the night before.
Did sitting the starters have any effect on them?
"Yeah they played a little harder. They (Taylor County) are not in Etown's league. The teams coming up, we'll have to play harder than we did against Taylor County," Milby said.
With the junior varsity on the floor, Taylor County jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first quarter. Milby subbed in his normal starters and the Lady Knights outscored the Lady Cards 35-5 to finish the half, taking a 38-14 lead into halftime.
The Lady Knights held Taylor County scoreless in the fourth quarter to close out a 69-26 win.
Makayla Epps led the way for the Lady Knights with 23 points. Bre Elder added 12 points while Dee Johnson and Ann Morgan Reynolds finished with 10 points apiece.
Taylor 11 3 12 0 - 26
Marion 14 24 18 13 - 69
Marion County - Makayla Epps 23, Bre Elder 12, Ann Morgan Reynolds 10, Dee Johnson 10, Ann Taylor Medley 6, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 4, Emily Fenwick 2, Brooke Roberts 2
Elizabethtown 64, Marion County 38
The Lady Knights played host to one of the top five ranked teams in the state against the Lady Panthers.
The region rival showed that experience makes a difference as they easily dispatched the Lady Knights 64-38 on Thursday night.
"They're better than us," Milby said. "They've got four seniors that's been there. They've got Division One basketball players. They're bigger, stronger, smarter. They're not in the top three in the state for nothing. But I don't think they're 26 points better. We just didn't show up. I don't know if they (Lady Knights) were intimidated or scared."
Down 53-26 after three quarters, Milby pulled his starters off the floor to begin the fourth quarter. They never returned.
"I was tired of watching them walk around and just be out there," he said. "I asked them to come have a seat. That's the second game in a row they just showed up and didn't play hard or act like they could win or wanted to win."
Alex Jones was too much for the smaller Lady Knights to handle as she pounded her way to 26 points in 20 minutes of play. She also snagged nine rebounds.
Makayla Epps was the only Lady Knight to score in double figures, with 11 points.
Etown 14 23 16 11 - 64
Marion 10 12 4 12 - 38
Marion County - Makayla Epps 11, Emily Fenwick 7, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 5, Bre Elder 5, Ann Morgan Reynolds 3, Dee Johnson 3, Alyson King 2, Ann Taylor Medley 2.