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The Marion County High School girls' basketball team took an early season loss against highly touted Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) (3-0) on Saturday night at Central Hardin High School.
The Lady Knights trailed the entire game but pulled within four with about two minutes to play in the third at 32-28.
Two quick fouls on Andrea King shifted the momentum back to CAL. They would never get any closer, with Christian Academy's defense holding them to four points in the fourth quarter and only 11 points in the second half.
The extremely young and small Lady Knights dribbled the leather off the ball trying to work for a shot inside to no avail against the much taller, much older team from Louisville.
"(CAL) really packed it in. We're not a great pass to the post team. We have to work on that, especially when we're struggling from the outside," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said.
The young and under sized Lady Knights often rely on the three but only two fell for them, both coming in the first quarter.
Despite that, the Lady Knights kept the game within single digits for the majority of the game.
"I think Christian Academy was laying around waiting on us but we couldn't take advantage. We missed three lay ups in the fourth quarter and some open threes. Hopefully we can make those later in the year," Milby said.
CAL features one of the best junior's in the state, 'Nita Slaughter, who's already signed with the University of Louisville. Slaughter finished the game with 17 points but had to work to get each one. Many of her points came on free throws.
The smaller Lady Knights pestered Slaughter all night, taking her out of the offense for long periods of time.
"We had to contain (Slaughter). I was pleased with the defense but our offense has to come along," Milby said. "I was pleased with our defense. Our defense and effort were really good."
Milby was also pleased that the Lady Knights held CAL to a season low 46 points. They entered the game average 63 points.
"We held our own. We've got to learn from it and make some shots. We're struggling from outside," Milby said.
Freshmen Bree Elder, who scored 22 points in the season opener, was missing for long stretches of the game. Elder played all four quarters but saw limited action, especially in the second half.
"She just wasn't all there last night. She was up and down like a freshman is supposed to be. As a team, we have to learn to play the same way every night. We have to learn to don't just play against the mediocre teams. We have step up to the plate against stronger competition," Milby said.
Eighth grader Kyvin Goodin-Rogers was named Most Valuable Player for the Lady Knights in their game. Despite that, no players reached double figures in scoring.
Goodin-Rogers had nine points for the Lady Knights while fellow eighth grader Makayla Epps collected eight points. Brooke Roberts added six of her own.
Marion County (1-1) - Dee Johnson 2, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 9, Makayla Epps 8, Bree Elder 4, Andrea King 3, Shikila Goodin 2, Brooke Roberts 6
Christian Academy (3-0) - Anna Haret 6, Nita Slaughter 17, Allison Karst 3, Clair Buchman 11, Jenn Woods 1, Hannah Bowman 8
3-point goals - Buchman 3, Epps 1, Roberts 1
(complete stats for Christian Academy game not available by press time)
The Marion County Lady Knights could have gone scoreless after half time and still won by 13 over the young Bethlehem High School Banshees on last Tuesday night at Bethlehem High School.
The Lady Knights jumped out of the gates like rabid dogs, attacking with pressure defense and speed, in their 72-34 win over Bethlehem on Tuesday night in the season opener. The Lady Knights led 47-13 at the half and 65-18 after three quarters.
Bree Elder led the Lady Knights with 20 points. Makayla Epps added 14 and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers chipped in 13. Dee Johnson led the defense with 12 steals.
Marion County (1-0) - Dee Johnson 6, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 11, Makayla Epps 14, Bree Elder 22, Allyson King 4, Andrea King 8, Shakila Goodin 2, Emily Fenwick 2, Ann-Morgan Reynolds 3
Bethlehem (0-1) - Violet Downs 2, Olivia Alm 5, Beth Cecil 7, Emily Vittitow 7, Kaelen Cecil 5, Jamie Zellers 2, Jessi Greenwell 2, Haley Boone 4
3-point goals - Epps 1, Johnson 2, Reynolds 1, Cecil 1, Vittitow 1
Rebounds - Johnson 1, Andrea King 2, Allyson King 5, Shakila Goodin 2, Bree Elder 5, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 9, Emily Fenwick 1, Sabrina Tom 1
Field goals (made - attempted) - Johnson 2-7, An. King 3-6, Al. King 2-5, Roberts 0-8, Amber Ballard 0-2, Goodin 1-8, Elder 9-13, Epps 6-11, Goodin-Rogers 7-12, Fenwick 1-1
Free throws (made - attempted) - An. King 2-3, Elder 2-3, Epps 1-1, Goodin 1-3
Three pointers (made - attempted) - Johnson 2-5, Roberts 0-7, Ballard 0-2, Elder 0-1, Epps 1-2, Ann Taylor Medley 0-1, Ann Morgan Reynolds 1-2