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In their final game of the Raatz Fence Classic in Louisville at Mercy Academy, the Marion County Lady Knights basketball team took on their toughest opponent this season, the Science Hill, Tenn., Hilltoppers.
The Lady Knights (24-0) nearly let the game slip away at the foul line, but hung on for a 61-58 win to remain undefeated.
Marion County used an 8-0 start to build an 18-12 lead after the first period. Science Hill trimmed the deficit to just two points, 29-27, at the half.
Marion County closed the third period on a 9-1 run to take a 48-36.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Knights matched their biggest lead of the game of 13 points with 6:34 remaining, but Science Hill scored 10 unanswered points to trim the deficit to three points with just over three and a half minutes remaining. Marion County hit just enough free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
Makayla Epps set a single-game tournament record with 34 points. The previous mark was 31. She also tied a tournament record with 12 field goals in the game.
Coach Trent Milby said it was “a great game.”
“We played really good for three quarters,” he said. “We made plays in the fourth quarter, but missed way to many free throws to give Science Hill a chance. But, we made plays down the stretch and beat a very good team. I’m very proud of how we played all weekend.”
The Lady Knights went 17-31 (55 percent) from the free throw line, and failed to make a three-pointer for the first time this season.
Science Hill 12 15 9 22 – 58
Marion Cou. 18 11 19 13 – 61
Science Hill (21-3): Tiana Tarter 14, Gabby Lyon 14, Morgan Knack 11, Shy Copney 9, Enjelica Reid 5, Lakeisha Gregory 3, Shae Smith 2
Marion County (24-0): Makayla Epps 34, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 10, Alexus Calhoun 7, Patrice Tonge 5, Logan Powell 5
Friday night, the Lady Knights opened the Raatz Fence Classic against Hathaway Brown from Ohio. The Lady Knights used a 10-0 run to close the first quarter and build a cushion that the Lady Blazers would not overcome.
Makayla Epps led the Lady Knights with a game-high 26 points. In the second quarter, she surpassed the 3,000-point mark for her career on a three-pointer. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers added 15 points in the win.
The Lady Knights lead 39-16 lead at the half and went on to a 68-35 win.
“Our defense was as good as it’s been all year,” Milby said. “We played a well-rounded game.”
Marion Co. 16 23 13 16 - 68
Hath. Brown 8 8 13 4 - 33
Marion County (23-0): Makayla Epps 26, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 15, Patrice Tonge 8, Logan Powell 8, Haeli Howard 7, Alexus Calhoun 4
Hathaway Brown (13-4): Nia Marshall 12, Vanessa Smith 8, Lysette Roman 7, Stephanie Solano 4, Beth Brzozowski 2
On Jan. 22, the Lady Knights cruised to an 87-51 win over visiting Scott County.
Makayla Epps lead Marion County with 41 points. Patrice Tonge added 16 points, and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers scored 15 points.
“We played extremely well,” Milby said. “We got into transition and got easy baskets and we shot the ball well.”
Scott Co. 12 16 15 8 - 51
Marion Co. 27 35 13 12 - 87
Scott County (14-8): Tereka Guyn 16, Bailey Hawkins 15, Laura Szorenyi 13, Audriana Christopher 4, Tamara Ray 3
Marion County (22-0): Makayla Epps 41, Patrice Tonge 16, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 15, Logan Powell 10, Alexus Calhoun 5