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Well, the Lady Knights capped off another undefeated district run this year. Not surprising, since they haven't lost a district game in 1,843 days counting today. The last loss was to Adair County at home on Jan. 23, 2007 in a 64-59 overtime loss. This also happens to be the only district loss under Head Coach Trent Milby.
Ok, enough about the Lady Knights and their unprecedented run. Let's talk about the Knights and their success over the past couple of seasons.
At this time last year, the Knights were sitting at 12-7 and gaining momentum heading into the postseason. However, the Knights lost four of their next five games before winning their regular season finale. With a win over Taylor County late in the season, the Knights secured the No. 1 district seed. Sound familiar? Nearly the exact same scenario played out this year, as the Knights repeated as No. 1 seed winners in the district.
Before last season, the Knights hadn't taken the outright No. 1 seed in the district since 2000, and now they have done it in back-to-back seasons. Not to mention, that last year's team lost five seniors, and the team had to deal with a coaching change between years.
Does this mean that boys basketball in Marion County is on the comeback trail?
I hope so. I would love to see a deep run into the postseason by the Knights, and I think this year's team may be capable of making such a run based on how they are currently playing.
The Lady Knights have made their seemingly perennial run to the No. 1 district seed and have won the district title in each of the past five seasons and are poised to make it six. Hopefully, this year, the Lady Knights will continue their annual improvement in postseason play.
In 2007 and 2008, the team lost in the first round of the regional tournament. In 2009, the Lady Knights were edged by Elizabethtown by five points in the regional final. However, in 2010 the young Marion County squad got the best of the Lady Panthers in the regional final before being surprised by eventual state champions Mercy in the first round of the state tournament. We all remember what happened last year when the Lady Knights and Lady Panthers met in the Roby Dome for the right to make the trek to Bowling Green. After a nail-biter of a game, Marion County squeaked out a one-point victory and advanced all the way to the final four in the state tourney before falling to Manual.
There is only one more step for the Lady Knights to take, right?
Hopefully, this year's team will take that step and bring some hardware back to Marion County.
We've waited since 1993 for this to happen.
Hasn't it been long enough?
I think so, and can't wait to see what plays out in March this year.
The Knights made their first trip to the regional tournament since 2005 last year, and look to repeat this year. The Lady Knights will look to do the same and return to Bowling Green. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what unfolds at Taylor County in the district and at Central Hardin for the regional tournament. Personally, I can't wait.