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Lady Knights take the ‘w’ on Senior Night

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By Gerard Flanagan

Pre-game was a time full of celebrations on Senior Night. Post-game was much the same.

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Marion County ended its regular season on the right note, taking a three-set (25-23, 25-17, 27-25) victory Thursday over the Campbellsville Lady Eagles at the Roby Dome.

Before the game, seniors Kelly Miles, Sarah Clark and Madi Richards were honored in Senior Night ceremonies. Also before the game, Richards was awarded the first ever Shelby Lee Goode Scholarship for $1,000. The scholarship was established by Goode’s family after Goode, a former Marion County volleyball player, was killed in a vehicle accident in May.

As for the game, the Lady Knights (23-12, 4-2) committed hitting errors throughout the game, Hibbard said. They committed 12 in the first set alone. Marion County cleaned up those errors and picked up the serving pressure with seven aces in set two. In set three, the Lady Knights once again committed several errors, but used a strong offense to get the win. Emma Sullivan, who had a team-leading 10 kills in the game, had two kills in the final three points. Addison Gordon had nine kills, Clark had eight kills and Jayla Cowherd had seven kills.

“This was a good win for us over a scrappy Campbellsville team on Senior Night,” Marion County Head Coach David Hibbard said. “We hurt ourselves all night with numerous hitting errors. Down the stretch, our offense was just too much for the Eagles.”

Campbellsville and Marion County also faced off last night at the Roby Dome in the district tournament.

MC Sputters in Loss to Green Co.

After getting out to a hot start, things just went downhill for Marion County.

A 5-0 lead in the first set disappeared and Green County walloped the Lady Knights in the second set in a two-set (19-25, 16-25) victory for the Lady Dragons last Tuesday in Greensburg.

“This was a disappointing performance for us after we have played so well over the last couple of weeks,” Hibbard said. “We just did not have focus or energy to fight for every point.”

The Lady Knights committed 10 hitting in the first set. Jayla Cowherd had four kills and three blocks. In set two, Marion County was aced eight times. Cowherd had four more kills in the set

Clark goes down with injury; MC falls to Maroons in three sets

Marion County knew Pulaski County would be a tough opponent. The Lady Maroons’ hitting, serving and defense were too much for the Lady Knights in the first two sets. Then came a third set where Marion County seemed to be surging.

However, Sarah Clark went down with a mild ankle sprain and Pulaski County regained momentum in the third set for a three-set victory (18-25, 19-25, 31-33) over Marion County last Monday.

“We fought like crazy tonight and played with a ton of heart but Pulaski County just had too much for us at the beginning,” Hibbard said. “Once we settled in and started playing at our level, we competed very well and had a chance to win. Overall, they just made more plays than we did. This had the atmosphere of a regional tournament match so hopefully we can learn the lessons from this as we head into tournament play.”

Marion County had just eight kills in the first set and one kill in the second set. The Lady Knights flipped the script in the third set, turning a 10-8 deficit into a 20-14 lead behind Emma Sullivan’s five kills. Clark went down with her injury with the Lady Knights up 23-17, and Marion County could never regain momentum.

Clark was out for Marion County’s game against Green County and saw limited action against Campbellsville in the regular season finale. Hibbard said she should be a full-go for the district tournament.