Lady Knights look to extend dominance

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County is 25-1 in district play since the start of the 2006-07 season. They would have been 26-0 had they not dropped a 64-59 overtime thriller against Adair County at the Roby Dome on Jan. 23, 2007.

Despite the blemish, the Marion County High School girl's basketball team has been dominant in district play over the last four seasons. They've won three consecutive 20th District tournament championships and look to have no problem earning a fourth this season. If they remain undefeated during regular season district play, they look to earn their third consecutive number one seed in the tournament.

Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said he would do nothing different to prepare for the Campbellsville Lady Eagles (2-13), a team they beat 87-9 at Campbellsville just two weeks ago.

The last time around, sophomore Tiffany Slone was the only Lady Eagle to get anything going. She scored eight of the team's nine points by finding her way through the Lady Knights defense and getting to the basket. Even if Slone lights up the Lady Knights, it's hard to conceive a 78-point turnaround, especially since Marion County is hosting.

The Lady Knights and Lady Eagles tip-off at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Roby Dome.

On Tuesday of next week, the Lady Knights face Adair County (9-4) at Columbia.

Their last meeting ended with a 71-35 Lady Knights win at the Roby Dome. That game took place at the beginning of the season.

Senior Chelsea Beard was the hot hand for Adair County, scoring 17 of her team's 35 points. Beard will try and lead Adair over the Lady Knights at Adair County.

Tip-off for that game is at 5:30 p.m. CST.

The Lady Knights will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 51-45 showdown with Walnut Hills of Ohio.