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STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!!

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Marion County Lady Knights finish 39-0 and win state title

By Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights wrapped up a perfect 39-0 season by winning the 2013 state championship.

Marion County defeated the Notre Dame Pandas in the Girls Sweet 16 final, 52-36.

Marion County High School Principal Stacy Hall said a welcome home celebration has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Roby Dome.

Here is a recap of the game:

Tonight, the Marion County Lady Knights will make their second consecutive appearance in the championship game of the Houchen's Industries/KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  This year, the Lady Knights will be taking on the Lady Pandas from Notre Dame in Covington, Kentucky.  Tipoff is scheduled for 9:00 PM eastern time.

Starting lineups are underway; tipoff is approximately 10 minutes away.

Tipoff is just moments away.  Teams are putting final touches on warmups after starting lineups.

Notre Dame controls the opening tip and we are underway.

Epps providing all the scoring for the Lady Knights early;  Marion County leads 7-4 with 4:28 left in the opening quarter.

Tonge sinks a pair of free throws with 3:22 left in the 1st to give Marion County a 13-7 lead.

Media timeout; 1:57 left in the 1st; Lady Knights lead 16-9; Epps with 9 points

End of 1st quarter; Marion County leads 16-11

Lead up to 21-11 with 5:05 left in the first half.

Notre Dame timeout; 3:50 left in the first half; Lady Knights up 25-14

Media timeout; 2:16 left in the first half; Marion County up 26-16

Marion County timeout; 0:02.2 left till halftime; Lady Knights lead 31-18

Halftime; Lady Knights leading by 13 points.

Notre Dame timeout; Lady Knights push lead to 37-22 with 4:22 left in the 3rd quarter.

Media timeout; 2:07 left in the 3rd quarter; Lady Knights up 40-26

End of 3rd quarter; Lady Knights up 43-30; Epps leading the way with 11 points.

Lead up to 50-32 with 5:15 to play

Notre Dame timeout; Lady Knights starting to feel it; leading by 18 with 4:28 to play.

Media timeout; Lady Knights running some clock; lead 50-34 with 2:39 to play

Less than a minute left; Marion County about to make history; leading 51-36

39-0...State Champions; final score 52-36; winningest team in Kentucky girls basketball history

With this win, the Lady Knights become the 11th school in Kentucky history to now have won a boys and girls state basketball championship.