Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday at the Girls Sweet Sixteen

In the second quarter, tournament-favorite Marion County leads Anderson County, 17-10, in today's first semifinal in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament. These are the top two teams in the state, per The Courier-Journal Litkenhous Ratings.

Today's second semi at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena will pit Louisville Manual, the defending state champion, against Park Hills Notre Dame. That game is scheduled to tip at 11:30 a.m. Central, and the championship will take place at 8 p.m.


  1. So earlier today, Marion County blitzed Anderson County, 72-49, in a matchup of the top two teams in The C-J's Litkenhous ratings. The second semifinal ruined the opportunity for a rematch of last season's state-championship game, as Notre Dame beat the defending state champ, Manual, 64-60.

    Marion County, undefeated and having beaten every Kentucky opponent by double-digit margins this season, has won its Sweet Sixteen games by 21, 39 and 23 points. And after three fairly competitive quarters, the championship, too, is turning into a blowout. The Lady Knights lead the NDA Pandas by 50-32.

  2. Chris George ‏@TChrisGeorge
    These girls from Marion Co. are legit. They swarm the ball on defense & just smothering consistent pressure. And great offensive rebounding
    8:30 PM - 16 Mar 13

  3. Marion County is on its way to become Kentucky's first undefeated girls' basketball team in almost 30 years. As the KHSAA's play-by-play announcer for this game, Neal Bradley, enjoys pointing out, the last undefeated team was the 1984 Marshall County Lady Marshals. (Bradley is a Marshall County High grad.)

  4. Julian Tackett ‏@jtackettkhsaa
    Mission accomplished! Marion County and its legions of fans complete 39-0 season to win Houchens/KHSAA girls sweet 16® over Notre Dame 52-36
    9:46 PM - 16 Mar 13

  5. "I love them to death," Coach Trent Milby says of his team.

  6. I FINALLY just heard the Bowling Green jingle, and it's terrific.

  7. David Tapley ‏@CoachTapley
    Marion Co 39-0 in a state with no classes. I think it's time some national rankings sites to rethink #1. #justsayin
    9:49 PM - 16 Mar 13

  8. Natosha Blue Hayz ‏@BLUEHAYZ32
    And the State Champs are The Marion County Lady Knights Congrats and God Bless and may You have a safe trip home!!! WAY TO Go!!
    9:47 PM - 16 Mar 13

  9. Kristin Childers ‏@kchilders
    Really cool that Makayla Epps lead Marion County to the #GSweet16 title. Her dad, Anthony, led the boys team to a title 20 yrs ago. #BBN
    9:53 PM - 16 Mar 13

  10. Scott Spalding ‏@larock61
    Come out & Welcome home the State tourney champs #LadyKnights at 2 pm on Sunday at the Roby Dome!
    9:57 PM - 16 Mar 13

  11. Here's Makalya Epps's tournament ...

    -- vs. Bowling Green: 26 points (11/19 field, 3/8 3s), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 5 steals, 28 minutes

    -- vs. Montgomery County: 22 points (8/19 field, 2/6 3s, 4/4 free throws) 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers, 0 steals, 30 minutes

    -- vs. Anderson County: 28 points (10-15 field, 1-3 3s, 7-12 free throws), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 turnovers, 3 steals, 31 minutes

    -- vs. Notre Dame: 15 points (6-14 field, 0-2 3s, 3-5 free throws), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 steal, 31 minutes

  12. That championship performance looks like a bit of a downer, but she did score the Lady Knights' first nine points. Notre Dame didn't let Marion County run away, but the result never did feel in doubt after the first quarter.

  13. Epps is a McDonald's All-American and a finalist for Miss Basketball. Her team is the first Fifth Region team--boys or girls--to win four straight regional titles. The Lady Knights were runnersup in 2012, and now they are the first undefeated state champ in 29 years.

  14. And she was just announced as Sweet Sixteen MVP (of course).

  15. The Feldhauses deservedly got a lot of love last weekend when Madison Central won the boys' Sweet Sixteen. This weekend belongs to the Eppses.

  16. Matthew Wilder ‏@coachwilder
    I want to see KHSAA State Champ Marion County, KY (39-0) take on @RiverdaleLW (34-0) TSSAA State Champ. Be a great game! @coachbarrett32
    10:13 PM - 16 Mar 13