Lady Knights improve to 29-0 on season

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Lady Knights headed to East Hardin Middle School to tangle with the third ranked Henderson County Lady Colonels in the Duke’s Sporting Goods Valentine’s Day Shootout Saturday.
Marion County blew Henderson County away early on, and the Lady Colonels could never recover. Makayla Epps led all scorers with 35 points helping Marion County win by a final score of 67-40.
The win marks the 29th in a row by the Lady Knights. The 29 wins now have surpassed the previous mark of 28 consecutive wins set in the 1979-1980 season.  
Marion County got rolling early in the game and controlled the tempo throughout the first quarter. Marion County used a 15-0 run to blow the game open and led 20-3 as the first period ended.
The Marion County pressure continued into the second quarter, as the Lady Knights swelled their lead to 34-5 with 5:16 left until halftime. Five of the final seven points of the half were scored by Marion County, which helped the team take a comfortable 39-11 lead into halftime.
Henderson County’s offense started scoring in the third quarter, but they had a large hole to climb out of.
The Lady Colonels began the third period on a 7-0 run, and later trimmed the deficit to nearly 20 points. Marion County was able to put up 18 points in the frame, and continued to lead 58-31 as the period ended.
The margin would get no closer than 21 points in the final frame as four different Lady Knights scored. Epps paced the team with five points in the frame, all coming in the final 3:22 of the game.
The Lady Knights went on to win by a final score of 67-40, and break the school record for most consecutive wins with their 29th in a row.
Milby complimented the defense of the Lady Knights, especially in the first half.
“Our defense was exceptional during the first half,” he said. “We were active with our hands, we were rotating well, and we rebounded well. It was great effort.”
Milby went on to discuss the team’s record setting win, but did say that they are not satisfied.
“It was a great accomplishment to break the school record for most consecutive wins with 29,” he said. “We want 10 more.”


Henderson Co.  3  8 20 9 – 40
Marion Co.      20 19 19 9 – 67
Henderson County (20-2): Ellie Fruit 14, DeAsia Outlaw 10, Brooke Tapp 7, Maci Brown 4, Kacie Wallace 3, Aysia Jacobs 1, Breya Cooper 1
Marion County (29-0): Makayla Epps 35, Logan Powell 10, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 7, Alexus Calhoun 6, Patrice Tonge 5, Haeli Howard 4

Marion County played in its regular season finale last night at Mercy. Results from that game were not available as of press time. Coach Milby said going into the game that Mercy will be a great challenge for his team to end the regular season.
“We know that we must be focused and play 32 minutes to get out of there with a win,” he said.
Lady Knights beat North Hardin
The Marion County High School Lady Knights headed to North Hardin to take on the Lady Trojans Friday.
In a tough game, Marion County kept North Hardin out of striking range, and came away with a 65-48 win to improve to 28-0 on the season. Makayla Epps and Logan Powell led the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
The Lady Trojans stayed in the game early on, and actually led for most of the first four minutes of the game.
Marion County managed to regain control midway through the first quarter and led 17-12 after one period. Epps and Powell led the way with eight and seven points, respectively, in the frame.
Marion County picked up some momentum in the second quarter, limiting North Hardin to just three points over the first four minutes. During that span, the Lady Knights lead increased to 29-15.
Six different Lady Knights scored in the frame as Marion County took a 38-25 lead into the break.
North Hardin remained
tough in the third quarter, but the Lady Knights were able to maintain their lead. A 13-2 spurt by Marion County helped the Lady Knights stay in front. With just under four minutes left in the period, the Marion County lead had swelled to 51-29.
The Lady Trojans would be able to trim the deficit some, but still trailed 53-38 as the period ended.
Once again, North Hardin made a push in the final quarter and cut the deficit to 11 points, 53-42, early in the fourth quarter.
Patrice Tonge and Logan Powell carried the Lady Knights for the majority of the quarter with Tonge scoring five points and Powell adding three in the first six minutes.
Marion County would go on to win the game by a final score of 65-48 to stay unbeaten on the season.
Head Coach Trent Milby was not completely happy with the team’s performance.  
“We won by 17, but our effort for the entire game was so-so,” he said. “We were sluggish and really not tuned in, but at same time you have to give North Hardin credit for really playing hard and not giving in or backing down.”

Marion County 17 21 15 12 – 65
North Hardin     12 13 13 10 – 48
Marion County (28-0): Makayla Epps 21, Logan Powell 20, Alexus Calhoun 8, Patrice Tonge 7, Haeli Howard 5, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 2, Timmera Burton 2
North Hardin (20-6): Chanel Roberts 18, Tamiah Stanford 13, Brianna Edmunds 7, Dominique Taft 6, Kiera Jones 2, Morgan Barrick 2