Lady Knights capture the crown

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By The Staff

A 15-year drought ended Saturday night. Fifteen years ago the 1995 Lady Knights took home the Fifth Region title. Saturday night, the 2010 Lady Knights captured the title in the same gym in Hart County.

Marion County (33-1) avenged last season's region final loss to knock off Elizabethtown (26-6) in a game that was controlled by the Lady Knights throughout. Marion County outlasted the Lady Panthers 54-40.

How does it feel to end the 15-year drought?

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said. "Now my mind is focused on this first game. It hasn't really sunk in to what we've done yet. We want to win four more and then reflect back."

The Lady Knights dominated the region, winning by an average of 17 points en route to the title. Freshman Makayla Epps took home Most Outstanding Player honors, averaging 22 points per game to lead the Lady Knights.

Marion County 54, Elizabethtown 40

Milby told sophomore Coco May that the team would beat Elizabethtown by 13 points. Turns out, he wasn't far off on his prediction.

"I'd said 14 for Green County's game. I'd said 13 for the E'town game. I just had the feeling that that's how it would play out," Milby said.

Makayla Epps led the way for the Lady Knights with 24 points while Kyvin Goodin-Rogers added 15 points.

Elizabethtown's big guns, junior Natalie Greenwell and senior Adelaide Luckett, were held to 14 points each.

The Lady Knights entered the tournament intent on stopping other team's best player.

"All week we did exactly what we wanted to do defensively. Fourteen (points) was the highest (any best player) got. It was a good defensive job on that end," Milby said.

Throughout the week the defensive intensity was high for the Lady Knights.

"I mean they are just so athletic, long and quick that they cause a lot of troubles. A lot of teams only have one really, really good player. We have several," Milby said. "We can take their best player out of the game. If we only play four on four, our four are just going to be better."

Elizabethtown 15 4 8 13 - 40

Marion 15 12 10 17 - 54

Marion County (33-1) - Makayla Epps 24, Bre Elder 7, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 15, Andrea King 8

Elizabethtown (26-6) - Kaylyn Cecil 5, Anna Bowling 2, Tara Gilpin 3, Hannah Hart 2, Adelaide Luckett 14, Natalie Greenwell 14

Marion County 76, Green County 60

Marion County came out shooting hot and Green County would play catch up the rest of the game in the semifinal round on Friday night at Hart County.

"We shot 60 percent in the first half," Milby said. "We built the lead up to maybe 27 points. In the second half we missed some lay ups and free throws. They got momentum and made a good come back. It was never time to panic."

Brooke Roberts scorched the nets for 16 points, including four three pointers in the first half. Epps led the Lady Knights with 21 points while Goodin-Rogers added 16. Sophomore Bre Elder chipped in 10 points.

The Lady Knight defense held sophomore Micah Jones to 11 points to hold off the Dragons.

Marion 27 20 16 13 - 76

Green 14 11 18 17 - 60

Marion County (32-1) - Makayla Epps 21, Brooke Roberts 16, Bre Elder 10, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 16, Andrea King 8, Shakila Goodin 3, Patrice Tonge 2

Green County (22-10) - Becca Bush 3, Morgan Deaton 9, Kelsea Mitchell 16, Raegan Deaton 11, Micah Jones 11, Rachel Maw 9, Raylen Walker 1

Marion County 59, North Hardin 38

North Hardin hung around for the first half before the Lady Knights stepped on the gas in the second half to pull away.

No one for North Hardin scored in double figures. Senior Destiny Bramblett was held to nine points. Epps scored 21 for Marion County while Roberts added 13 and Elder added 10.

North Hardin 10 13 11 4 - 38

Marion 9 18 23 7 - 59

Marion County (31-1) - Makayla Epps 21, Brooke Roberts 13, Bre Elder 10, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 9, Andrea King 2, Shakila Goodin 2, Patrice Tonge 2

North Hardin (13-14) - Lexi Taft 7, Breanna Woodson 5, Chanel Roberts 6, Michelle Mosley 9, Destiny Bramblett 9, Jenna Spencer 2