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Lady Knights keep on winning, mostly

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By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Lady Knights won five of their six matches last week. The winning ended in the semifinals of a tournament in Bath County on Saturday, when the Lady Knights fell to the Nelson County Lady Cardinals.

Marion County at Adair County
The Lady Knights jumped out to a fast start and never looked back in a three-set win on Sept. 17 over the Adair County Lady Indians, 25-9, 25-13, 25-8.
“This was a very solid win for our team,” Coach David Hibbard said. “It is easy to lose focus in a match that we should win, but we kept working hard the entire match.”
Senior left side hitter Abby Murphy led Marion County (13-6, 5-0 in the district) with six kills in the opening set. Senior middle hitter Alexus Calhoun added four kills.
Calhoun continued her strong play with three kills in the second set, and senior left side hitter Rebekah Taylor had four kills.
In the final set, junior middle hitter Shelby Goode stepped up for the Lady Knights with four kills and two blocks.

Lady Knights at Campbellsville
The Lady Knights opened play last week with their second victory over the Campbellsville Lady Eagles this season. Marion County won the Sept. 16 match on the road, 25-11, 25-17, 25-15.
Hibbard said this match was similar to the one against Adair County.
“We performed at a high level and just overwhelmed them with our offense,” he said.

Bath County tournament
Marion County was originally scheduled to play in a tournament in LaRue County on Saturday, but that tournament was cancelled when some teams withdrew.
Instead, the Lady Knights travelled to Bath County for the Citizens Bank Volleyball Throwdown, where they went 3-1 on the day, scoring wins over East Carter, Letcher County Central and Iroquois.
Marion County defeated East Carter, 25-15, 25-17. The Lady Knights topped Letcher County Central, 25-17, 25-20, and they won their match with Iroquois, 25-10, 25-8.
With those wins, Marion County earned a spot in the semifinals, where they lost to Nelson County, 25-20, 25-14.
Coach Hibbard said the Lady Knights were consistent during Saturday’s tournament. He added that Nelson County raised its level of play in the semifinal match, but the Lady Knights did not match their intensity.
“Once we get our level of intensity up to match that, we should be OK,” he said.

Breast cancer awareness
The Lady Knights will be hosting a breast cancer awareness night on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Marion County is hosting the Central Hardin Lady Bruins at 7:30 p.m. that evening.
During the match, the Lady Knights will be selling food and taking donations, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.