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Sullivan Scores 21 In Knights Win Over Dragons (12/12/2018)
Junior forward Mason Sullivan scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Marion County Knights to a 79-61 win on the road at Green County. The victory improved the Knights' record to 6-1 on the season -- the team's best start to a season since 2011. Junior guard Tyshay Epps shot 4/7 on three-point shot attempts and also finished with 21 points in addition to six assists. Forwards Travis Wiser and Jamison Epps both scored 12 with Wiser also adding five assists and five steals.
Unlike Thomas Nelson on Monday, the Dragons had enough size to match up with the Knights on the front line and sharp shooting from Brody Bush and Gunnar Bush kept the host team in the game through much of the first half. But the Knights closed out the half with a 12-6 run to take a 45-36 lead at the break. Marion County continued to build the lead in the third quarter, stretching their advantage to 19 points at 62-43 on a three-pointer from Tyshay Epps. Green County woudn't go away, going on a brief run of their own to cut the lead to 12 early in the fourth quarter. But Sullivan scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period to help slam the door on the Dragons' come-back attempt. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Varsity Knights play on back-to-back nights to cose out the week -- traveling to Campbellsville on Friday for their second 20th District game of the season, and returning to the Roby Dome on Saturday to host the Bethlehem Eagles in the final game of the Autism Classic. The Freshmen and Junior Varsity Knights play host to Bardstown in a double-header tonight at the Roby Dome, and tomorow travel to Washington County for a double-header with the Commanders. You can see the complete Varsity schedule here, and you can see the program's entire calendar here.
Second Half Surge Helps Knights Roll Over Generals (12/11/2018)
After a sluggish start to the game, the Marion County Knights opened the second half with a 19-2 run and went on toa 75-44 win over the Thomas Nelson Generals in the Roby Dome on Monday night. Junior forward Jamison Epps posted his sixth double-double of the season in as many games with 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to go with six assists. Junior guard Tyshay Epps led the Knights in scoring with 25 points while shooting 4/6 from three-point territory and passing out four assists. Fellow junior Mason Sullivan also scored double-figures with 15 points while grabbing five rebounds.
The Generals kept the game close throughout the first half and were down just 29-24 at the break. But Marion County's Travis Wiser scored on a three-point play in the very first possession of the third quarter and the Knights' big run was on. The flood gates opened wide as Marion County drained three-pointers on four consecutive possessions -- two by John Adams and two by Tyshay Epps -- for a 48-26 lead, forcing a Thomas Nelson time-out with 4:05 remaining in the period. But the damage was done and the Generals could get no closer than 17 points for the rest of the night. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights have a quick turn-around as they travel to Green County tonight for the second game of a girl/boy double-header with the Dragons. The girls contest is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central time) with teh boys following at 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central time). You can see the complete Varsity schedule by clicking here.
Epps Posts Fifth Double-Double To Lead Knights Over Chargers (12/9/2018)
The Marion County Knights went on an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and knocked off the Bullitt East Chargers 80-68 in the Clem Haskins Classic at Taylor County High School on Saturday. Junior forward Jamison Epps scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to record his fifth double-double in as many games this season. Epps is averaging 15.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game so far this season.
The Knights held a lead of seven points with 2:30 left in the second quarter before Bullitt East closed out the period with an 8-0 run to take a 34-33 lead at the half. The two teams swapped the lead back and forth seven times in the third quarter before a basket from Tyshay Epps gave Marion County a 56-51 advantage at the end of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Knights slowly took control before going on an 11-2 run late to put the game away for good.
In addition to Jamieson Epps, three other Marion County players scored double-figures in the game. Guard Tyshay Epps finished with 16 points and three assists, forward Mason Sullivan went 7-8 at the free-throw line on his way to 13 points, and senior forward Travis Wiser added 11 points with 7 rebounds. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
Marion County plays on back-to-back nights to start the coming week -- hosting Thomas Nelson at the Roby Dome on Monday in a boy/girl double-header, and traveling Green County for another boy/girl double-header on Tuesday. You can see the Varsity Knights' complete schedule by clicking here.
Knights Bounce Back With Win Over Adair Co. (12/8/2018)
The Marion County Knights were looking to recover from their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Central Hardin, and did just that Friday when they hosted the Adair County Indians at the Roby Dome. The Knights returned to the win column pulling away from the Indians in the second half for a 77-63 victory. Junior guard John Adams drained a career-high five three-point FGs on his way to 21 points -- also a career-high. Junior forward Mason Sullivan had another solid performance with 14 points on 7/12 shooting while fellow junior Jamison Epps posted another double-double -- his fourth in four games -- with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with 7 assists.
The Knights opened the game with a quick 7-0 lead, but early in the second quarter Adair County pulled even at 18-18 on a three-pointer from guard Jordan Simpson. The two teams traded baskets for the next four possessions before Marion County closed out the half with a 13-4 run for a 40-28 lead at the break. In the second half the Knights continued to streatch out their lead and went ahead by as much as 25 in the fourth quarter before the Indians threw in the towel and cleared their bench. Shortly after that Marion County also pulled all their starters and closed out the 14-point win. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights are back in action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Taylor County High School to face Bullitt Central in the Clem Haskins Classic. The Chargers come into the match-up with a record of 2-2, posting wins over Doss High School and Rock Creek Academy of Sellersburg, Indiana, and taking losses at the hands of Louisville powers Trinity High School and Butler High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM. You can see the entire Knights' Varsity schedule with results by clicking here.
Bruins Hand Knights First Loss Of Season (12/5/2018)
After falling behind by 13 points in the first half, the Knights fought back to take a 61-59 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. But the Central Hardin Bruins closed out the game with an 18-6 run to hand MC its first loss of the season, 77-67. Mason Sullivan scored 11 points with six rebounds for the Knights while Tyshay Epps scored 17 points with four assists. Jamison Epps posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
The Bruins shot 7-11 from behind the three-point arc in the first quarter, led by junior Deonco Wilkerson's four three-pointers, but cooled off somewhat in the second period. Sullivan helped the Knights cut down the lead in the second, scoring five of his 11 points in the quarter including the final basket of the first half on an in-bounds pass from Tyshay Epps at the horn to cut Central Hardin's lead to 37-35 at the break. The two teams stayed close throughout the third quarter before the Bruins took an eight-point lead early in the fourth. A three-pointer and a pair of free-throws from Tyshay Epps halped get the Knights close before John Adams' free-throw with 5:03 remaining in the game finally pulled the Knights into a 58-58 tie. The two teams traded free-throws before a basket from Jamison Epps gave Marion County the lead, 61-59, with 4:10 to go. But from there it was all Central Hardin as Wilkerson scored seven of his game-high 27 points in the final spurt. The loss dropped the Knights' record to 2-1 on the season. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights return to the Roby Dome Friday night when they host Adair County in their 20th District opener as part of a girl/boy double-header. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.
Knights Blow Out Commanders, 94-72 (12/1/2018)
After falling behind by as many as eight points in the first quarter, the Knights outscored the Commanders 27-11 in the second quarter on their way to a convincing 94-72 win in the Roby Dome. Junior guard John Adams scored a career-high 20 points to go with six rebounds while point guard Tyshay Epps followed up his 29-point performance against Bardstown earlier in the week with 25 points against Washington County. Fellow junior Jamison Epps posted his second double-double of the season in as many games with 17 points and 15 boards, and junior forward Mason Sullivan also scored double-digits with 12 while collecting five rebounds and four steals.
The game was a physical contest in which the border rivals combined to shoot 82 free-throws on 56 fouls, including three technicals. the two teams will meet again on January 5th at Washington County High School. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Varsity Knights return to action Tuesday when they travel to Central Hardin in Cecilia.
Epps Leads Knights To Win In Season Opener (11/28/2018)
The Marion County Knights broke open a close game in the second quarter with a 19-2 run and went on to an 85-68 win at Bardstown in their season opener. It was the first time in 15 years the Knights defeated the Tigers on their home floor. Junior guard Tyshay Epps scored a career-high 29 points to go with four assists and four steals to lead MC. Junior forward Jamison Epps posted his eighth career double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as well as five assists. Junior guard John Adams scored 15 points while shooting 9-9 at the free-throw line and grabbing seven boards. After a year off from basketball, senior Travis Wiser scored eight points with seven rebounds. You can read more about this game by clicking here.
The Knights will play their season opener this Friday when they host Washington County at the Roby Dome in a girl-boy double-header.
Knights Kick Off 2018-2019 Regular Season Tonight At Bardstown (11/27/2018)
The Marion County Knights boys basketball team will open its 2018-2019 season tonight at Bardstown High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM following a girls varsity game between the Lady Knights and Lady Tigers at 6:00 PM. You can find the Knights' complete Varsity schedule for the season by clicking on the "Schedule" button in the left-hand column.
Four Knights Claim Post-Season Awards (2/25/2018)
At the conclusion of last night's 20th District Tournament Championship game, four members of the Marion County Knights received post-season honors as selected by the District's coaches. Seniors Lez Means and Luke Thomas as well as sophomores Tyshay Epps and Jamison Epps all took home some hardware.
Members of the 20th District All-Academic Team: (L-R) Adair County's Hunter Cundiff, Campbellsville's Chanson Atkinson, and Marion County's Luke Thomas.
Luke Thomas has maintained a 4.0 GPA through his high school career and was named to the 20th District All-Academic Team. Thomas was also named to the regular season All-District team, having led the team in three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, steals, and blocked shots and was second on the team in total points scored. Thomas finished his career at Marion County at #7 in three-point field goals (123) and #4 in free-throw shooting percentage (75.0%).
Joining Thomas on the regular season All-District Team was fellow senior Lez Means, who was also named to the District All-Tournament Team. Means was Marion County's leading scorer for the past two seasons and finished his high school career with 1,349 points -- 6th place in school history. Means was also second on the team this season in assists and is in 13th place on the school's list of all-time assist leaders. In the Knights district tournament game against Adair County, Means scored 19 points with four assists.
The 20th District regular season All-District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Corey Melton (Adair County), Zion Harmon (Adair County), Dre Boyd (Adair County), and Malachi Corley (Campbellsville); (Back Row, L-R) Trevon Smith (Taylor County), Nick Knifley (Taylor County), Lez Means (Marion County), Jamison Epps (Marion County), Tyshay Epps (Marion County), and Luke Thomas (Marion County).
Also on the regular season All-District Team was point guard Tyshay Epps. Epps led the Knights this season with 116 assists and was third in total points scored (267). In his first full year of varsity action the sophomore has proven to be a dangerous offensive threat, being adept at both distributing the ball to open teammates and finding creative ways to attack the basket.
Sophomore Jamison Epps joined Means on both the regular season and tournament All-District teams. In his first full season of varsity play, Epps led the team in rebounding with an average of 7.8 per game while averaging 9.8 points per game and recording seven double-doubles. One of those double-doubles came in the Knights district tournament game game against Adair County when Epps scored 15 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
The 20th District tournament All-District Team: (Front Row, L-R) Ethan Lay (Campbellsville), Zion Harmon (Adair County), Hunter Cundiff (Adair County), Dre Boyd (Adair County), Corey Melton (Adair County), and Nataj Sanders (Campbellsville); (Back Row, L-R) Trevon Smith (Taylor County), Lez Means (Marion County), Jamison Epps (Marion County), and Chanson Atkinson (Campbellsville).
In last night's championship game, Adair County defeated Campbellsville, 75-63. Adair County freshman Zion Harmon was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was presented with the first Bobby Brockman Memorial MVP Award. Brockman was the long-time sports editor of Campbellsville's Central Kentucky News Journal and passed away suddenly earlier this year. Both Adair County and Campbellsville will represent the 20th District at next week's 5th Region Tournament to be played at Marion County's Roby Dome.
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Wednesday -- Freshmen and JV host Bardstown -- 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM
Thursday -- Freshmen and JV travel to Washington Co. -- 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM
Friday -- Varsity travels to Campbellsville -- 7:30 PM
Saturday -- Varsity hosts Bethlehem in the Autism Classic -- 8:00 PM