Lady Knights crush Lady Cardinals

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Marion County girls still unbeaten in the district

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights varsity basketball team hosted the Taylor County Lady Cardinals at the Roby Dome Friday night. The Lady Knights took control of the game early, going on a 14-0 run to start the game, and cruised to a 72-25 win.
Marion County's defensive pressure limited Taylor County to just five points in the opening quarter. Junior Makayla Epps led the charge for Marion County with 10 of her game-high 18 points in the opening frame.
The second quarter was much like the first as the Lady Knights offense was clicking on all cylinders. A 12-0 run by Marion County expanded the lead to 43-7 just before the half. Epps tallied her remaining eight points in the second frame while junior Logan Powell added six of her own.
For most of the second half, the bench players saw significant action for the Lady Knights. Powell connected on three straight buckets to open the frame. Junior Kyvin Goodin-Rogers made one of two free throws midway through the period. Those were the Lady Knights only free throw attempts in the game. Taylor County committed just one foul in the game.
Marion County finished with a 10-0 run to cap the lopsided victory. Four players would break into the scoring column for the Lady Knights in the final period, led by sophomore Alexus Calhoun with six points.
"It's good to see everyone get a chance to play," Head Coach Trent Milby said. "Taylor County is down a little with the loss of Mercedes Cox to Adair County, but I was pleased with the way we came out and played."

Taylor Co.      5     4     11    4 - 25
Marion Co.   27    18    15   12 - 72
Taylor County (5-11):  Hannah Howard  13,  Rachel Riggs  10,  Kassie Miller  2
Marion County (16-2): Makayla Epps 18, Logan Powell 16, Patrice Tonge 13, Alexus Calhoun 8, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 7, Emily Fenwick 4, Colleen Rakes 2, Timmera Burton 2, Haeli Howard 2

Lady Knights hold off Lady Indians
The Marion County Lady Knights held off a series of comeback attempts by the host  Adair County Lady Indians in a Jan. 17 district game.
The Lady Knights  held on for an 82-59 victory.
The Lady Indians were led by 32 points by Mercedes Cox, but five Lady Knights reached double-figures in the win.  
With the victory, Marion County stays in first place in the district race with a 2-0 record.  
Marion County jumped out to a quick 14-5 lead and appeared to be in control. However, Adair County battled back and came within four points after one quarter of play.
Early in the second frame, the Lady Indians used an 8-0 spurt to grab a 22-20 lead. Marion County answered with a 13-4 run of their own to regain the lead at 33-26 with 2:20 left before the half. The Lady Knights expanded their lead to nine points by the halftime break.
In the second half, the Marion County offensive attack took its toll on the Lady Indians. The Lady Knights scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to push the lead to 19 points.
With a pair of late free throws and a shot at the buzzer to end the third frame, the Lady Indians cut the deficit to 57-43.
Over the final eight minutes, Marion County continued to pull away. The Lady Knights used two 6-0 runs and a 9-0 run to extend their lead and come away with the win.
The win put the Lady Knights in a familiar spot  - first place in the district race.
"Adair County is a very good offensive team," Milby said. "We had a hard time with Mercedes Cox."
Milby went on to say that usually when a team scores 82 points in a girls basketball game, they come out with a victory.
"You have to give credit to Adair County for playing a good game," he said.
Marion Co.  18   21   18   25  - 82
Adair Co.    14   16   13   16 -  59
Marion County (15-2): Bre Elder 22, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 18, Logan Powell 17, Patrice Tonge 13, Makayla Epps 12
Adair County (15-3): Mercedes Cox 32, Katie Keltner 15, Kassidi Taylor 5, Chanley Otterson 3, Preslie Lawless 2, Alex Keltner 2