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Marion County scored the first nine points and raced to a 13-3 start and claimed its first Boys’ 20th District Tournament title in 12 years with a 67-51 triumph over Taylor County on Saturday night.
Latrelle Irvin, who played his freshman year at TCHS before his dad took over at Marion County his year, hit a pair of threes while Alex Smith connected on another from long range for the nine-point advantage in the first two minutes.
The Cardinals, who trailed by 16 (31-15) at the intermission, did slice the deficit to three (35-32) with a 17-3 run after the Knights led 32-15 on Carlos Litsey’s free throw starting the third frame.
Quentin Goodin started the TCHS comeback with a three-pointers around a Trae Wells hoop and a Lucas Bradshaw lay-up before Caleb Wigginton scored seven straight points, two three-point hoops and a free throw after he was fouled on the first make, to end the threat.
Marion County answered with an 8-2 run and the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player, John Southall, scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth period.
Irvin led the Knights with 18 points and Alex Smith had 15. Wigginton paced the Cards with 18 while Wells had 10, Bradshaw and Goodin eight apiece and Spirit Smith seven.
Taylor County (16-13) played LaRue County in the region tourney on Wednesday night at Central Hardin.