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Knights Win Regular Season Finale In Rout (2/16/2018)
Marion County senior Luke Thomas (0) starts a fast break after picking off one of his five steals.
The Marion County Knights wasted no time in putting away the Beth Haven (Louisville) Bearcats on Senior Night at the Roby Dome on Thursday. Marion County opened the game with a 21-3 run on its way to an 83-31 victory in the team's last regular season contest. The Knights held the Bearcats to just 30.8% shooting from the floor while converting 54.8% of their own shots.
Marion County senior Lez Means scored 17 points in his last home game, including 3-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Fellow senior Luke Thomas scored 10 points and matched a career-high with five steals. Senior Connor Higdon scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in his ninth start of the season. All fourteen players on the Knights Varsity roster scored at least one field goal in the contest.
Beth Haven ran off the final 40 seconds of the clock at the end of the first half, and ended the possession with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from sophomore Austin Whitehouse. But the visitors still found themselves down 49-21 going into the break. The Knights kept up the pressure and stretched the lead to 36 points on a layup by John Adams midway through the third quarter, triggering the running clock for the remainder of the game.
(Left) Connor Higdon scores on a pull-up jump-shot. (Middle) Lez Means scores three of his game-high 17 points on this shot. (Right) Freshman Dominick White comes away with a steal late in the game.
Marion County won the battle of the boards with their largest margin of the season, 42-15, while also forcing Beth Haven into 22 turnovers. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights still have a chance to play in the Roby Dome before the season is over, but they will have to knock off the Adair County Indians in the 20th District Tournament next week. The Indians have claimed both games against Marion County this season, winning 88-77 in Columbia back on December 8, and just holding on for a 79-77 win in Lebanon on January 28.
Knights Wrap Up Regular Season Tonight (2/15/2018)
Beth Haven's Dylan Kerr (5) passes the ball over the head of Marion County's Connor Higdon in last season's game.
The Marion County Knights close out their regular season tonight when they welcome the Beth Haven (Louisville) Bearcats to the Roby Dome. Depending on the outcome of the opening round of the district tournamnet, this could also be the final home game for three Marion County seniors -- Lez Means, Luke Thomas, and Connor Higdon.
The Bearcats have struggled to a 6-18 record this season after losing their top three scorers from last year, and have dropped their last nine games in a row. Dylan Kerr and Hunter Judd -- the only two seniors on the Bearcats' young roster -- lead the team in scoring with Kerr averaging 12.3 PPG and Judd right behind at 12.1 PPG. Junior forward Zach McClain also averages double-figures at 10.1 PPG.
Means has been a starter for the Knights for three seasons and is currently sixth on the school's list of all-time scorers with 1,313 points. Thomas has been a starter for two seasons and currently leads the team in made three-point field-goals. He has also led the team in steals for the last two seasons. Higdon has been a valuable reserve off the bench for most of this season, converting 45.7% of his three-point shot attempts to give the Knights another reliable shooter, and has also started in eight games this season.
Marion County seniors Lez Means (left), Luke Thomas (middle), and Connor Higdon (right) will be playing in their final regular season home game tonight.
Beth Haven became a part of Marion County basketball history last year when Means set a new school record for made three-point field goals in a game. Means sank 10 of 17 shots from behind the arc on the Bearcats home floor as the Knights won 73-45.
Tip-off for tonight's contest is scheduled for 7:30 PM. The game will follow the Lady Knights' match-up with the Frederick Douglass Broncos of Lexington, which is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM.
Knights Win Track Meet, 98-81 (2/14/2018)
Marion County's Lez Means (3) scores two of his 25 points against Caverna.
The scoreboard operator was kept busy Tuesday night at the Roby Dome as the Marion County Knights and Caverna Colonels put on an offensive show with the Knights coming out on top 98-81. It was the most points Marion County has scored in a non-overtime game since December 3, 2016, when they beat Caverna 102-84.
The Knights had a run of 14-2 to start the second quarter and 12-2 at the beginning of the third quarter for a lead they would never relenquish. Caverna senior Jobby Howard, showed why he is the fifth leading scorer in the state, pouring in a game-high 40 points from just about every spot on the court -- including off-balance buzzer-beating three-pointers to end the first and third quarters. But Marion County overcame Howard's performance with four players scoring double figures. Senior Lez Means led the Knights with 25 points, sophomore Jamison Epps scored 18, fellow sophomore John Adams came off the bench for 11 points, and sophomore Mason Sullivan matched his career-high with 16 points. Sullivan also pulled down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
(Left) Mason Sullivan scores two of his 16 points. (Middle) Tyshay Epps is fouled on a floater in the lane. Epps made the shot and the free-throw to complete the three-point play. (Right) Luke Thomas scores after one of his four steals of the game.
Starters Luke Thomas and Tyshay Epps also had solid outings. Thomas scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Epps scored seven with three rebounds, three steals, and four asists. The two teams combined to take 154 shots in the game, which works out to 4.8 shot attempts per minute. Marion County hit 40-of-79 (50.6%) while Caverna shot 32-of-75 (42.7%). With all those shot attemps, there were plenty of rebounds to be had and the Knights won the battle of the boards, 50-41. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
The Knights will get today off before wrapping up the regular season Thursday at home against the Beth Haven (Louisville) Bearcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM following a Lady Knights varsity game at 6:00 PM against the newest high school in Lexington, Frederick Douglass.
(Right) Caverna's Jobby Howard (14) cuts through the Marion County defense for two of his game-high 40 points. (Middle) Jamison Epps scores on a turn-around jump shot. (Right) Marcus Yantis (15) pulls down one of his four rebounds.
Howard Leads Caverna To Roby Dome Visit (2/13/2018)
Caverna senior Jobby Howard is averaging 29.7 points per game this season.
The Marion County Knights wrap up their regular season this week with a pair of home games. First up tonight, the Knights host the Caverna Colonels in a girl/boy double-header and their scoring machine, senior guard Jobby Howard.
The Knights and Colonels met earlier this season in the Nelson County Holiday Classic on December 27. Marion County came out on top, 89-65, but Howard put up 35 points in that contest. Howard is averaging 29.7 PPG on the season and has scored 30 or more fifteen times as a senior. He has also scored over 40 points twice, including a school-record 65 points in an eye-popping 119-103 loss to Adair County. The Colonels bring a record of 11-14 to the Roby Dome tonight, but have won four of their last five games, including a thrilling 81-76 overtime upset of Glasgow last Friday. The Knights (16-10) have also won four of their last five with their last game a 63-54 road win at Bethlehem.
Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time (7:00 PM Central) following the girls Varsity match-up at 6:30 PM Eastern time (5:30 PM Central).
Knights Hold Off Eagles For Win (2/11/2018)
Marion County's Jamison Epps (35) posts up Bethlehem's Kruse Horned.
The Marion County Knights had runs of 17-2 in the second quarter and 14-2 in the third to take a 19-point lead, then held off a final charge from the Bethlehem Eagles for a 63-54 win Saturday at Bethlehem High School. Knight senior Connor Higdon made a key three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to put an end to Bethlehem's final charge, giving him a career-high 10 points on 4-4 shooting from the floor.
Bethlehem's Chase Allen scored eight of his 15 points in the first quarter to help the Eagles to a 16-14 lead at the end of the period. A basket inside from Jacob Taylor early in the second gave Bethlehem a brief four-point lead before senior Lez Means led a 17-2 run for the Knights, giving Marion County a 31-20 lead. Bethlehem's Tyler Ohler helped pull his team out of its slide with six points in a span of two minutes, cutting the lead to seven. But a mid-range jump-shot from Jamison Epps stretched Marion County's advantage back to nine points. Then after a miss by Allen on Bethlehem's next possession, Epps grabbed the rebound and passed the ball three-quarters up the floor to Higdon, whose lay-up just beat the horn to give the Knights a 37-26 lead at the half.
Bethlehem cut Marion County's lead to seven points early in the third quarter before Means and Epps led another 14-2 run for the Knights, going up by 19 points with two minutes left in the period. But the Eagles refused to go away, slowly chipping away at the deficit in the fourth quarter. Taylor scored six of his team-high 16 points during the stretch, cutting Marion County's lead to eight points, 60-52, with 1:30 left in the game. But Higdon's three-pointer from the left corner put an end to Bethlehem's momentum and the Knights held on for the nine-point win.
(Left) Connor Higdon (12) hits a three-pointer late in the game to end the Eagles' last run. (Middle) Lez Means scores two of his game-high 24 points. (Right) Luke Thomas looks over the Bethlehem defense. Thomas recorded five assists in the game.
Means passed out three assists to go with his 24 points, including 4-10 shooting from three-point territory. Epps finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Higdon passed out a pair of assists to go with his career-high 10 points while Luke Thomas tied a personal best with five assists. You can read more about this game by clicking on the score in the right-hand column, or by clicking here.
Freshmen Knights Coast to Win -- In the opening game of the rare Freshmen/Varsity double-header, Marion County's Freshmen Knights claimed an easy 62-24 win over Bethlehem's Freshmen Eagles. Kanyon Spalding led all scorers with 18 points, closely followed by Ethan Mattingly's 16 points. Markell Bell and Patrick Benton both scored 11 for Marion County.
JV Knights Claim Runner-Up in District Tourney -- Marion County's Junior Varsity Knights took the runner-up trophy Saturday morning in the 20th District JV Tournament at Campbellsville High School. In their first game against Taylor County, the JV Knights fell behind by as much as 19 points early in the second half before charging back to force overtime, them completing the come-back for a 61-55 win. But in the championship game against Campbellsville, the JV Knights ran out of gas and fell to the JV Eagles 69-49. The JV Knights are now 11-9 on the season with one game left to play.
Knights Look To Sweep Eagles (2/10/2018)
Bethlehem's Jacob Taylor (24) scores two of his 22 points in the Eagles' 65-58 win over Thomas Nelson last week (Photo by Pete Zubaty, Kentucky Standard).
The Marion County Knights will be looking to get back in the win column this evening when they travel to Bethlehem High School in Bardstown for a Freshmen/Varsity double-header with the Eagles. The two teams faced each other early in the season on December 9, with the Knights coming out on top 87-51.
Bethlehem has struggled to find consistency this season, coming into the game with a 9-13 record, but picked up an 82-74 overtime win against Campbellsville last night at home. The Eagles are led by a pair of seniors -- Chase Allen and Jacob Taylor. Allen leads the team in scoring at 18.1 PPG and is second in rebounding with 5.9 RPG. Taylor is the top rebounder for Bethlehem at 9.7 RPG and is second in scoring at 17.4 PPG. Tip-off for the Varsity contest is scheduled for 7:30 PM following teh Freshmen game at 6:00 PM.
But before the knights travel north for tonight's match-ups, the Junior Varsity Knights will head south to Campbellsville High this morning for the 20th District JV Tournament. The JV Knights will face Taylor County at 10:45 AM after the Campbellsville v. Adair County game at 9:30 AM. The winners of both games will advance to the championship game, which is scheduled for a 12:00 noon start.
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Wednesday -- 20th District Tournament v. Adair Co. at Campbellsville
Thursday -- 20th District Tournament -- Taylor Co. at Campbellsville
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