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Leading the way

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By Josh Veatch

It’s always with much anticipation for me when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association releases the first basketball stats for the current season. Recently, that finally happened.
As you may have guessed, with a 19-0 girls basketball team, we should find some entries for Marion County in or near the top of the respective categories. And that is exactly what we have.
The first category on the list is points per game for individuals. The top spot is held by a girl from Jenkins who averages 27.4 points per game. However, her team is currently 5-14 on the season. Makayla Epps is on the list in 12th place with an average of 22.6 points per game. Epps also ranks second in the state on combined (two- and three-point) field goal percentage with a 66.4 percent mark.
Next on the list is a stat that truly shows how dominant the Lady Knights are, at least in my opinion. In average team points per game, Marion County ranks first with 72.5 points per game. Even better than that, the Lady Knights fall one spot shy of top honors in average opponent’s points per game with 36.8 points per game. Not too shabby, and with numbers like that, they should be ranked as they are.
Of course, Marion County is on top when it comes to margin of victory. They’ve got that spot wrapped up with an average margin of 35.6 points per game, topping second place Simon Kenton at 22.8 points per game. If you throw in a 67, 55, and 51-point win over the course of all their victories, the margin is going to be high.
Third place is where the Lady Knights fall on the list of team field goal percentage. They are shooting at a 48.5 percent clip, just behind fifth region finals opponent for the past four seasons Elizabethtown at 48.7 percent. That could be an interesting matchup on the last day of this month.
One quick side note that I think may be worth mentioning is about Owensboro Catholic standout Rebecca Greenwell. On Jan. 14, Greenwell led her team to a 99-35 victory of Trinity Whitesville. You may be saying, “What’s the big deal? We know she’s good.” True. But Greenwell scored 51 of the teams 99 points. She got all 51 from behind the arc, going 17-27 from three, and breaking state and national records for three-pointers made in a game.
Another thing that I ran across that may be of interest is that the topic of the girls Sweet 16 tournament has popped up on the KHSAA website. The notice was informing me that the draw for positions for the tournament field will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 25. The drawing will take place at 1 p.m., and will be televised live on WKYT in Lexington and live on www.khsaa.tv. I know I’m not the only Marion County fan who’ll be checking that draw out.