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Mid-season report: Lady Knights

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Coaches assess their teams

By Jesse Osbourne

As the Lady Knights hit the mid-point in the season, let's take a look at how the team has done so far and what the road ahead looks like.

At 11-2, Trent Milby and the Lady Knights can't ask for much more at this point.

"I'm pleased with where we're at right now," he said. "I think our defense is better than what I thought it would be. We've still got a lot of room to improve on offense. Brooke (Roberts) and Dee (Johnson) are struggling from outside. If they ever get scoring we'll be really good. And we're young so we're still learning."

"Makayla (Epps), Kyvin (Goodin-Rogers) and Bree (Elder) are doing pretty well. Andrea King has been playing pretty well. It's a total team effort that's for sure," Milby said.

The lady's lost early to a Christian Academy (Louisville) team that was slated to be good but has exceeded expectations. CAL is 10-1 so far, losing only to DuPont Manual (9-1) in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic. That could eventually spell trouble for CAL as Manual sits with them in the Seventh Region. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Feb. 13 at Manual.

The Lady Knights also fell to Tates Creek in the inaugural Lady Admirals Tournament in Danville.

Tates Creek (5-7) was winless entering that tournament but reeled off four straight wins to capture the tournament title and get closer to the .500 mark. Since then they are 1-2.  

The Lady Knights are currently on a seven game winning streak, winning their last two in the Lady Ads tournament and rolling to four victories on their way to the Kentucky Bank Holiday Classic championship. Their last win was over Campbellsville (2-12).

In that time period they have outscored opponents nearly 61 to 35, a 26 point difference.

The Lady Knights are currently at the top in the 20th District (2-0) and second overall in the Fifth Region (4-0). The rest of the schedule includes mostly region and district opponents.

Tough opponents remaining for the Lady Knights are Sacred Heart (9-2) and Mercy (8-4) on the road, along with Nelson County (10-3), North Hardin (11-3), Hart County (8-4), Taylor County (7-3).

Sacred Heart and Mercy are top four contenders in the Seventh Region.

The Lady Knights face Fifth Region contender Elizabethtown (11-1) at home, as well as Hart, Nelson, Taylor and LaRue County (7-4).

Games against opponents with records .500 or less on the road include Campbellsville (2-12), Adair County (5-6) and Washington County (2-8).

Games against opponents with records .500 or less at the Roby Dome include Adair, Bardstown (5-5) and John Hardin (1-9).

The Lady Knights don't have to look far to find quality competitors. The Cat's Pause ranked Nelson County's Samantha Drake as the top player in the Fifth Region. The Lady Knights will see the 6-3 senior center twice, as well as teammate senior guard Sarah Beth Gillis, before the regular season ends.

In region action, they'll also see senior forward Alex Jones and  sophomore guard Natalie Greenwell (Elizabethtown), sophomore guard RaeChaun Edwards and junior forward Destiny Bramblett (North Hardin), sophomore forward Daziah Kimberland (Bardstown) and senior forward Lindsay Hinghbaugh (Hart County).   

From the Seventh Region, they'll go up against junior guard Autumn Miller and sophomore forward Morgan Clemons (Sacred Heart) and junior guard Therese Montano (Mercy).

The top three scorers for the Lady Knights are freshman Bree Elder (13.7 ppg), 8th-grader Makayla Epps (12.1 ppg) and 8th grader Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (10.5 ppg).  

The Lady Knights continue their quest for a 20th District title and a Fifth Region tournament run on Friday against region rival Nelson County at the Roby Dome. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.