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Recently, local hoopsters were featured on one of the most prestigious sports websites in the land: ESPN.com.
Three Lady Knights - Makayla Epps, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Bre Elder - were featured on the ESPN.com HoopGurlz section.
HoopGurlz columnist Mark Lewis attended the Raatz Fence Classic in Louisville in late January. Sports fans will recall that the Lady Knights participated in that tournament, along with several other elite teams from around the state. The Lady Knights fell to Sacred Heart 58-38.
Lewis evaluated several of the girls from the tournament and commented on whom he felt were the top players in each class.
Bre Elder headlined the 2012 class. Also mentioned in that class was Manual's Kara Wright. Here's what Lewis had to say about Elder:
"Marion County may be one of the youngest varsity teams you'll come across and Bre Elder, a 5-8 combo guard, is easily one of the more versatile players in the freshmen class. She can create off the dribble and gets to the rim time and time again. Her cutting away from the ball is aggressive and gets her looks as she slashes into the paint. Once inside her ability to get off the floor is eye opening. Posting up isn't out of the question for her either and she does so eagerly. Not all of her scoring comes inside as she has a solid jumper as well," Lewis wrote.
Goodin-Rogers and Epps were the only players featured by Lewis in the class of 2013.
"Makayla Epps is already in her second year of varsity basketball at Marion County and she's just in the eighth grade. The 5-6 point guard is the daughter of former Kentucky standout Anthony Epps who just happens to be one of her assistant coaches. Athletically mature for her age, Epps is smooth and quick and very explosive in her first step. She can create off the dribble and has the ability to slash through defenders once she gets into the paint. Her pull-up is effective and she has good range on her jumper as well. With four more years to follow this season there's no telling what level she might take her game to and you can bet the she'll have her choices of schools," Lewis said.
"The genetic pipeline doesn't end with Epps. Marion County also has Kyvin Goodin-Rogers who just happens to be the daughter of former Louisville player and 1992 Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, Tick Rogers. The 6-0 forward has a long lean build and athleticism that allows her to run the floor with the guards. She can post and seal down low and is already strong in her attack. She'll have to become more comfortable away from the hoop and her moves themselves need more refinement but as 2013 grad, she has plenty of time. Defensively she is mobile and active but could be more physical," he said.
Lewis' article can be found here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/womens/news/story?i...