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The Marion County Lady Knights looked to advance out of the first round of the 5th Region tournament for the first time in three seasons on Tuesday night against North Hardin.
Under Head Coach Trent Milby, the Lady Knights have fallen in the first round of the region tournament by a combined seven points in the previous two seasons. The Lady Knights looked to break that streak on Tuesday night. Results were not known at press time. Check out www.lebanonenterprise.com and next week's print edition to see how the Lady Knights fared.
Milby and the Lady Knights drew the toughest first round opponent in North Hardin (24-5). The Lady Trojans are a top team in the region but lost 64-58 in the 17th District final to the state's top ranked team, Elizabethtown. Under the tournament format, district champions play district runner-ups in the first round. North Hardin is the best team in the region to not win a district title.
To end their streak of first round exits, the Lady Knights must go through the Lady Trojans, something they've already done this season.
In their only head-to-head game, the Lady Knights outlasted the Lady Trojans 69-61 at North Hardin. The Trojans are still no doubt a tough squad, handing Elizabethtown (27-2) one of their only losses this season. The teams split the season series with E-town winning 56-43 at home and North Hardin winning 57-52 on their own floor. Elizabethtown won the district title 64-58 on North Hardin's floor.
Alex Jones and Elizabethtown demolished the Lady Knights 64-38 during the regular season at the Roby Dome. Elizabethtown looks to be a front-runner in the 5th region tournament.
The second round could produce a match up between powerful E-town and region contender Nelson County, pitting Alex Jones against Samantha Drake. Marion County and North Hardin will be the best first round game to check out.
Here's the schedule for the girls 5th region tournament, which will be played at Nelson County High School.
Girls region tourney schedule
Nelson County (26-5) vs. Adair County (15-12) at 6 p.m.
Elizabethtown (27-2) vs. Hart County (17-11) at 8 p.m.
Marion County (25-6) vs. North Hardin (24-5) at 6 p.m.
Green County (24-6) vs. Bardstown (6-17) at 8 p.m.
Winner of Nelson/Adair vs. winner of E'town/Hart at 6 p.m.
Winner of Marion/North Hardin vs. winner of Green/Bardstown at 8 p.m.
Championship game at 7:15 p.m.