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On Wednesday of last week, the Marion County Lady Knights varsity girls’ basketball team took on the Boone County Lady Rebels in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
After being down by 20 points with 2:08 remaining in the first half, the Lady Knights rallied to tie the game at 63 at the end of regulation to force an overtime period. Despite the massive comeback, Marion County fell just short, losing by two points with a final score of 71-69.
In the first quarter, the Lady Knights were held to a season low six points while the Lady Rebels were able to create a cushion of eight points at the end of the period. The second frame was no better than the first. Poor field goal shooting doomed Marion County in this quarter, allowing Boone County to lead by 17 points at the half, with a score of 34-17.
The Lady Knights came out of the locker room on fire, going on a 16-7 run to start the third quarter, closing the gap to eight points at 41-33 with 3:43 remaining in the period. For the remainder of the third frame, the two teams traded baskets and Boone County held a nine-point lead of 49-40. For the first seven and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, it appeared that Boone County would hold on to their lead and win the game. However, over the last 0:32, Marion County scored seven unanswered points with a three pointer by Makayla Epps with 0:02 left in regulation to tie the game at 63.
The first point of overtime, a free throw by Bre Elder gave the Lady Knights their only lead of the game at 64-63. Boone County was able to stretch their lead to three points twice in the overtime period, but Marion County had an answer. However, with 0:18 remaining, the Marion County bench was assessed with a technical foul for calling a timeout when they had none. Boone County star Sydney Moss, daughter of NFL player Randy Moss, drained the two free throws, giving her 24 points to go along with her 21 rebounds. The Lady Knights couldn’t connect on their last possession of the game, ensuring the Boone County Lady Rebels a 71-69 victory over the Marion County Lady Knights.
“It was a game of two halves. Two teams showed up,” Head Coach Trent Milby said. “The one I been warning them about all year and then the one that everybody expects including me. We have to figure out how good we want to be and play hard all the time. They can’t turn it on and off when they want. Hopefully, they are starting to realize that and maybe we can build on that heading into the rest of the season.”
Milby said the tourney was a tough one and the Lady Knights have to be focused each game.
“It is going to take time but our main goal is getting better and getting back to state tournament,” he said. “We are going to lose games this year, especially with the schedule. So far, out of nine games, we have played four top 10 teams and three teams ranked in top three of their respective region. It will only help come February and March. That’s our focus. Mercy lost eight games last season and everybody knows what they did.”
For her performances in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, sophomore guard Makayla Epps was chosen as a member of the All-Tournament team.
In her four tournament games, Epps scored 80 total points and was the leading scorer in three of the four games for Marion County. Epps’ 37 points against Boone County are a new career high and also place her tied for third place all time on the single game scoring list in Marion County girls’ basketball history.
Boone Co. 14 20 15 14 8 - 71
Marion Co. 6 11 23 23 6 - 69
Boone County (6-3): Sydney Moss 24, Stacie Shroutt 15, Elizabeth Switzer 11, Annie Browning 9, Lydia Nash 8, Krissy Hickman 4
Marion County (7-2): Makayla Epps 37, Bre Elder 14, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 10, Patrice Tonge 8
Girls fall to Sacred Heart
The Marion County Lady Knights faced the Sacred Heart Valkyries on Tuesday of last week in quarterfinal action of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic. Marion County led by one point with four minutes left in the game, but a 12-0 run by Sacred Heart at the end of the game gave the Valkyries an 11-point win over the Lady Knights. Makayla Epps and Kyvin-Goodin Rogers paced the way for the Lady Knights, with 15 and 14 points respectively.
Sacred Heart 19 5 12 15 - 51
Marion County 10 17 7 6 - 40
Sacred Heart (8-0): Morgan Clemons 17, Maddie Peabody 11, Jade Tubb 10, Monica McGreal 4, Hannah Washle 4, Katie Bishop 3, Annamarie Campbell 2
Marion County (7-1): Makayla Epps 15, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 14, Bre Elder 6, Patrice Tonge 4, Alexus Calhoun 1
Girls pick up win against Florida team
On Monday of last week, the Lady Knights took on the Community School of Naples, Fla., in the second round of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic. The Lady Knights led after the first quarter and never looked back, going on to outscore the Florida team in each quarter. Sophomore Patrice Tonge scored a season high 14 points to help the Lady Knights win their seventh straight game of the season, with a final score of 55-41.
Marion County 16 17 13 9 - 55
Florida 11 13 10 7 - 41
Marion County (7-0): Makayla Epps 17, Bre Elder 14, Patrice Tonge 14, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 7, Emily Fenwick 2, Shakila Goodin 1
Community School, Fla. (6-2): Michelle Woods 22, Haley Nadeau 7, Hunter Martin 6, Megan Myers 2, Grayson Pinholder 2, Caitlin Schwartz 2