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The Marion County Lady Knights varsity basketball team traveled to Mercy Academy in Louisville Saturday night to play Withrow, Ohio, in the Raatz Fence Classic. After struggling shooting the ball all game long, the Lady Knights were handed their third loss of the season. As a team the Lady Knights shot 12 of 59 (20.3 percent) from the field, and lost 42-36 in a low scoring affair.
The first quarter ended in a tie after the Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 7-1 lead on the Lady Knights. Marion County fought back and finished the period with seven unanswered points to knot the score at 12 heading into the second frame.
The iron would be very unkind to the Lady Knights as they went 1 of 9 (11.1 percent) from the field in the second quarter and only mustered five points. Withrow began to seize the opportunity and gradually pulled away to hold a 23-17 lead at the half.
In the third period, the Lady Knights scored six points, all by junior Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, within the first two and a half minutes and appeared to be getting back on track. However, over the final 5:30 of the third frame the Lady Knights only were able to find points once more on a junior Makayla Epps bucket with 3:32 remaining.
In the final quarter, the Lady Knights scored the first four points to cut the deficit to just two points at 31-29, but could draw no closer. With 2:09 left in the game, the Lady Tigers lead was once again trimmed to three points after back-to-back buckets by Goodin-Rogers and senior Bre Elder. However, over the final two minutes of the game the Lady Knights failed to score and Withrow connected on just enough free throws to put the game out of reach and win 42-36.
All three of the losses this season for the Lady Knights have come to teams outside of Kentucky. Marion County lost a pair of games in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz., before falling to Withrow, Ohio. The 36 points are the lowest output for the Lady Knights since Dec. 6, 2008, when they scored just 32 in a loss to Christian Academy.
"What can you really say about a game like that," Head Coach Trent Milby said. "We shot 12-59 for the game, had 42 rebounds, 20 offensive, and only allowed 42 points. Ninety-nine percent of the time when a team has rebounding numbers like that and only allows that many points, they win."
He said the team must keep moving forward.
"I don't think we have ever shot that poorly," Milby said. "We shot nearly 70 percent on Friday night against Taylor County. The game of basketball is fragile."
The Lady Knights will hit the road for some tough contests this week. Last night, the team traveled to Scott County to take on the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Cardinals were coming off a five-game losing streak before hosting Marion County. Results of that game were unknown as of press time.
On Friday night, Marion County will make a return trip to Bellarmine University to take part in the 2012 Girls Louisville Invitational Tournament. As of press time the first opponent for the Lady Knights was yet to be determined. In order to win the LIT, Marion County would have to find their way through three very tough Louisville area schools.
"The LIT will be as tough, if not tougher, than the state tournament," Coach Milby said. "It will be a great challenge to see if we can beat three Louisville teams in 24 hours. Not many have ever done it, if any at all."
WHS 12 11 8 11 - 42
MCHS 12 5 8 11 - 36
Withrow, Ohio (12-2): Montail Roberts 13, Brittany Dozier 10, Alexius Paige 9, Iyana Lee 8, Lauren Drew 2
Marion County (16-3): Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 13, Makayla Epps 8, Bre Elder 8, Logan Powell 3, Patrice Tonge 3, Alexus Calhoun 1