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Taylor County won the battle of long runs with a decisive 12-1 finish to down home-standing Marion County 63-47 on Friday night.
The Cardinals (13-7) took the lead for good at 20-11 on an 11-0 run ending the first quarter and starting the second period.
Chase Cox's three-pointer started the rally with Shane Morris hitting two free throws, Lloyd Stotts one charity toss, Leonard Macon a lay-up and Josh Gumm a trey during the blitz.
Marion County, which trailed 29-20 at the intermission, cut its deficit to four two minutes into the second half. But, Taylor County used a Macon basket and two Josh Gumm treys to go back up by double digits.
The Knights (6-13) made one last run at the Cardinals and trailed by only five (51-46) with 4:30 left in the contest when Chris Southall hit a three to start a 5-0 run.
But, again Taylor County offset the Marion County run as Taylor Cox scored on a post-up, Chase Cox hit a three and Michael Coulter converted a steal into a bucket.
Gumm led four Cardinals in double figures with 18 points while Macon completed a double-double with 15 points, Taylor Cox had 11 and Chase Cox 10.
D.J. Hall paced Marion County, which shot only 25.5 percent from the field (14-55), with 12 while Southall had 10.
Taylor County hosts Adair County (17-4) tomorrow night in a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader starting at 6:30.