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The Marion County Lady Knights varsity basketball team traveled to Georgetown Jan. 24 to play the Scott County Lady Cardinals. Coming off a lackluster 36-point performance in a loss to Withrow, Ohio, the Lady Knights exploded for 30 points in the opening frame on their way to a rout of Scott County by a final score of 84-47.
During the game, junior Makayla Epps surpassed Tacarra Hayes' girls' single game scoring mark of 42 points set in January of 2007. Epps connected on 12 shots from inside the three-point arc, five from outside the three-point line, and five of six free throws to total up 44 points in the contest. She scored an impressive 19 points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, 9 in the third, and 6 in the fourth quarter. Epps nearly matched the output of the entire Scott County team, lacking only three points.
Epps also tied the school record for most field goals made in a game with 17, which was held by Kristy Murphy from the 1994-95 season. Also the team set a new record with 39 steals in the contest, surpassing the old record of 35 set in 1994-95 season.
From the opening moments of the game, all in attendance realized that Epps was about to have a special night. The night started with a pair of three pointers by Epps within the first two minutes of the game, and the Lady Knights were in complete control all game long. At the half, the Lady Knights had doubled-up Scott County and led 52-26.
The second half was much of the same for Marion County. The team kept the offensive onslaught going and outscored the Lady Cardinals 32-21 in the second half. Ten different Lady Knights broke into the scoring column in the one-sided game as the team cruised to the 37-point win to improve their record to 17-3 on the season.
"We were really focused and played really well defensively and offensively," Lady Knights Coach Trent Milby said. "Makayla was lights out from the field."
Marion County 30 22 19 13 - 84
Scott County 13 13 11 10 - 47
Marion County (17-3): Makayla Epps 44, Patrice Tonge 10, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 10, Haeli Howard 6, Bre Elder 5, Logan Powell 2, Emily Fenwick 2, Coco May 2, Ashley Bridgewater 2, Alexus Calhoun 1
Scott County (10-14): Mary Logsdon 12, Tereka Guyn 10, Danielle Defoor 9, Ally Conrad 6, Paige Eaton 6, Iman Guy 4
The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity team also played on Tuesday of last week, defeating the Scott County Lady Cardinals by 31 points. Haeli Howard led the Lady Knights with 10 points. Ten different players broke into the scoring column for Marion County.
Marion County 21 9 12 9 - 51
Scott County 7 1 2 10 - 20
Marion County: Haeli Howard 10, Timmera Burton 7, Evelyn Taylor 7, Ambrasia Adams 5, Kendyl Powell 5, Nicole Smith 5, Kristen Mattingly 4, Alexus Calhoun 4, Colleen Rakes 3, TT Adams 1