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Lady Knights are No. 2 in preseason rankings

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

In the first ranking of the top 25 teams in Kentucky that came out Thursday, the Lady Knights find themselves in familiar territory. For the majority of the past couple of seasons, Marion County has been ranked in the top 10, and finds themselves in the No. 2 spot in the preseason rankings. The No. 1 ranked team is DuPont Manual, the team that sent Marion County home from last year’s state tournament.
Out of the 77 coaches’ votes, Manual received 43, Marion County 31, No. 3 Boone County received one, No. 4 Perry County Central received one, and No. 5 Mercy also received one vote. Defending state champion Rockcastle County is ranked 21st and fifth region nemesis Elizabethtown is ranked 11th.
Both of the Lady Knights scrimmage opponents, Sacred Heart and Ryle, are ranked.  Sacred Heart at No. 12 and Ryle at No. 10. Marion County defeated Sacred Heart by 26, and will face Ryle Saturday night in Frankfort.
Junior Makayla Epps currently sits in the No. 2 spot on the coaches top 25 players. Epps received 13 of the 57 coaches’ votes, behind the 34 votes that Boone County senior Sydney Moss received. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is fourth on the list and Bre Elder is seventh. Three Lady Knights are in the top 25 players in the state. The only team with more is DuPont Manual, who has four. April Wilson at No. 3, Kara Wright at No. 9, Kayla Styles at No. 12, and LeAsia Wright at No. 14.


MCHS girls are ready to begin 2012 season
After quickly dispatching the 12th ranked Sacred Heart Valkyries a week ago, the Lady Knights once again hit the road Saturday to tangle with the 10th ranked Ryle Lady Raiders. Marion County pulled away and came away with a 50-24 victory.
Junior Makayla Epps led all scorers with 15 points while junior Logan Powell added 12 points of her own. Junior Kyvin Goodin-Rogers scored nine points and Senior Bre Elder added three points. Junior Patrice Tonge also added three points along with sophomore Alexus Calhoun and 7th grader Haeli Howard. Senior Emily Fenwick rounded out the scoring for the Lady Knights by adding two points.
After going 2-0 in the preseason, with both wins coming against top 15 ranked teams, the Lady Knights look to head into the season. Marion County opened up regular season play on Monday night by hosting Casey County, but results were unknown as of press time. The Lady Knights will travel to Nelson County Friday night to face the Cardinals in a girl/boy doubleheader.