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Taylor County's Lady Cardinals stayed within striking distance throughout the first half, but the Tacarra Hayes-Marion County Lady Knights used a 10-0 start in the third quarter to roar past the visitors 70-39 on Friday night in Lebanon.
Taylor County (8-12) led only once (5-4) on MeLeigha Pollock's two free throws at 4:10 in the first quarter. However, the Lady Cardinals stayed within striking distance (31-21) at the half as Cayla Rucker hit a pair of three-point baskets and finished the second period with a conventional three-point play.
However, Hayes took over in the third quarter. Her three buckets and two more by Allyson King made it 41-21 before Pollock scored in the lane and Mercedes Cox completed a three-point play to stop the Lady Knight run.
Hayes' free throw started another 9-0 Marion County clip as Amber Mudd nailed a top of the key trey before Andrea King finished the third frame with a steal and a lay-up and Allyson King began the fourth with two free throws.
Marion County's biggest lead was 33 (66-33) and after Taylor County tallied five straight points, the Lady Knight reserves finished out on a 4-1 tally.
Hayes led all scorers with 23 points for Marion County while Kyvin Goodin-Rogers scored 14 and Allyson King 10. All 13 Lady Knights scored.
Rucker and Pollock paced Taylor County with 12 and 11 points, respectively.