Lady Knights off to a hot start

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Knock off two top teams

By Jesse Osbourne

An undefeated start is not new for the Marion County High School girls basketball team. Knocking off two top 25 teams by an average of 28 points, however, is something to get excited about.

Off to their best start since 2007, the Lady Knights (4-0) are working at a high level already for this point in the season. On Saturday, the Lady Knights knocked off Casey County, a Sweet 16 team from a year ago, by 38 points on a neutral floor.

"We played really good defense. They were clicking (Saturday)," Head Coach Trent Milby said.

Freshman Makayla Epps led the Lady Knights in scoring with 25 in their 77-39 victory over Casey County at Russell County in the Bankers Hardwood Classic. Freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rogers had 18 points.

The three-headed monster in the paint (senior Jasmine Franklin, sophomore Bre Elder, Goodin-Rogers) controlled the boards for the Lady Knights over the much smaller Casey County.

The Lady Knights put their foot on the gas during the first half, cruising to a 45-10 lead going into halftime.

"I just told them don't be satisfied and go out in the second half and try to play at the same level," Milby said. "There wasn't much I could say. They played so good it's hard to say anything. We tried to talk to them about coming out and putting teams away by halftime and not letting people hang around. Tuesday night (against Adair County) we kind of let them hang around. Friday night (against Washington County) and (Saturday against Casey County) it was over by halftime."

Marion County 73, Washington County 27

Washington County has had recent struggles with the Lady Knights and Friday night at Washington County High School was no different.

"Our defense bothered them. We beat them up and down the floor to get some easy baskets," Milby said. "We played some really good defense against them as well."

Epps led the way in scoring with 21 points while Goodin-Rogers added 20. Elder and Goodin-Rogers controlled the boards for the Lady Knights.

Marion County 71, Adair County 35

The Lady Knights started the week and district play off last Tuesday night against Adair County at the Roby Dome.

Adair County hung around for a good portion of the first half, trading leads with the Lady Knights. When Milby switched to zone defense, the game took a turn.

"We've always had trouble guarding Adair County man-to-man for some reason. We switched to zone and started to spread the lead," Milby said.

Epps led the way with 20 points while Goodin-Rogers had 17.

The Lady Knights move to 1-0 in district play. For tip-off times, check out the Lady Knights preview story in this edition.