Lady Knights capture third straight district title

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School Lady Knights (25-6) basketball team didn't surprise many when they reeled off their third straight 20th District tournament championship over Adair County on Friday night at Adair County. The Lady Knights won 63-45 over Adair County.

That doesn't make it any less sweet for a team that has gone 23-1 in district play over the last three seasons. The only district loss came to Adair County in overtime in Head Coach Trent Milby's first season at MCHS. All three tournament championships have been won against Adair County, with the highlight coming in 2007 in a Lady Knights 100-89 overtime win at the Roby Dome.

The Lady Knights continued their dominance of the last two seasons, jumping out early on the Lady Indians.

"In the first half, we came out and executed better than we've executed probably in two or three years," Marion County Head Coach Trent Milby said.

The Lady Knights held off any Adair County surges in the second half to clinch the district title.

"It really was a good win," Milby said.

Makayla Epps led the way for the Lady Knights with 16 points. No other stats were available before press time.

Marion County 71, Taylor County 36

Marion County rolled over Taylor County in the first round of the 20th District tournament on Tuesday night of last week.

The Lady Knights opened the game with a 22-0 run, shutting the Lady Cardinals down for the first nine minutes of the game. Taylor County never recovered.

Brooke Roberts continued to be a spark for the Lady Knights, leading the way with 18 points. Makayla Epps chipped in 16 points while Kyvin Goodin-Rogers added 14. Bre Elder had 11 for the Lady Knights.