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Lady Knights finish district play unbeaten

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights went on the road to take on the Washington County Commanderettes Saturday. In a game controlled by the Lady Knights, some of the starters did not play in the second half as Marion County cruised to a 51-point win.
The Lady Knights did not allow the Commanderettes to score in the opening quarter as they led the game 31-0 after the first period. Makayla Epps led the way with 12 points in the first eight minutes.
Washington County’s first points came a minute into the second quarter to make the score 31-2. The Lady Knights continued their pressure over the second quarter and took a 46-4 lead into the halftime break. Epps led all scorers with 18 points while Alexus Calhoun added nine points.
The Commanderettes were able to score five straight points in the third quarter. However, the Lady Knights continued to dominate and built a 57-12 lead as the frame closed out. Six different players scored for Marion County with none having more than two points in the quarter.
Marion County put up 13 more points in the final frame to cruise to an easy 70-19 win. Haeli Howard led the way with four points in the quarter as Marion County improved to 27-0 on the season.
“Our length on the press and in the half court really bothered them,” Head Coach Trent Milby said. “I’m proud of our focus and going into the game with the mindset to not give them hope.”

Marion Co.     31  15  11  13 - 70
Wash. Co.       0   4     8    7 - 19
Marion County (27-0): Makayla Epps 18, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 8, Patrice Tonge 8, Haeli Howard 8, Logan Powell 6, Alexus Calhoun 9, Ambrasia Adams 4, Colleen Rakes 4, Evelyn Taylor 2, Kaylee Wheatley 2, Jordan Thomas 1
Washington County (10-10): Kenya Turner 8, Nick Brizadine 5, Taylor Eldridge 2, Riquel Logan 2, Jennifer Keene 2
The Lady Knights hosted the Taylor County Lady Cardinals Friday night at the Roby Dome on senior night and homecoming. The Lady Knights jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Makayla Epps did not play in the game.
Marion County built a 39-6 lead at the half and cruised to an easy 65-17 win to stay undefeated on the season. Marion County plays Taylor County in the first round of the upcoming district tournament at Adair County High School.

Taylor Co.        0   6     2   9 - 17
Marion Co.     21  18  15  11 - 65
Taylor County (3-16): Hayley Wright 5, Rachel Shoemaker 5, Shelby Johnson 2, Madison Bell 2, Reagan Pollock 1, Kaylee Pogue 1, Madison Burress 1
Marion County (26-0): Patrice Tonge 14, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 10, Haeli Howard 10, Logan Powell 10, Alexus Calhoun 10, Colleen Rakes 6, Jordan Thomas 3, Kaylee Wheatley 2

The Marion County Lady Knights hosted Elizabethtown Thursday, where they were able to pick up a 73-43 victory to win their 25th straight game. The Lady Knights never trailed against the No. 2 ranked team in the fifth region and came away with a 30-point win by a final score of 73-43.
The Lady Panthers briefly tied the game at six with five minutes left in the first quarter, but the Lady Knights quickly pulled away with a 6-0 spurt after that. A late three-pointer by Makayla Epps allowed the Lady Knights to take a 21-12 advantage after the first quarter.
Marion County opened up the second quarter on a 9-4 run to take a 30-16 lead with five and a half minutes left until halftime. The Lady Knights continued to expand their lead as the half went on, and took a 42-27 lead into the break.
Elizabethtown made a bit of a run in the third quarter and cut the margin to 10 points at 47-37 with 3:16 on the clock. After that, the Lady Knights finished out the scoring in the third quarter with 10 straight points to hold a 57-37 advantage.
The lead increased from 20 points at the start of the frame to 32 points on two occasions. A late bucket by Elizabethtown made the final score 73-43 in favor of the Lady Knights.
“Our defense and transition offense was really good,” Milby said. “Also, our half court man offense in the second half was well executed, but our man-to-man defense was awesome. They really buckled down and guarded Elizabethtown and used their experience and strength.”

E’town          12  15  10    6 - 43
Marion Co.    21  21  15  16 - 73
Elizabethtown (16-6): Erin Boley 13, Reauna Cleaver 8, Alexis Powell 6, Darien Huff 5, Anna Bowling 5, Livie Bowling 4, Rachel Warden 2
Marion County (25-0): Logan Powell 21, Makayla Epps 20, Alexus Calhoun 12, Patrice Tonge 11, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 5, Haeli Howard 4 
The Lady Knights have three games remaining in the regular season. On Friday night, they will travel to North Hardin before taking on Henderson County in the Dukes Sporting Goods Valentine’s Day Shootout. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 1:45 p.m., at East Hardin Middle School. The final game of the regular season will send the Lady Knights back to Mercy to take on the Jaguars next Tuesday night.