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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Exciting basketball

Here at Cardinal Couple, we put the emphasis on women's sports...especially those at the University of Louisville. We'll spin away from the Belknap Campus today, though to take a look at possibly the most exciting team in Kentucky high school girls basketball.

Meet Marion County. Nestled on the outskirts of Lebanon, KY...the school boasts a girls basketball team that is 27-1 and ranked #1 in Kentucky. How are they running thru the rest of high school girls basketball in the state? Surely they are strong with senior leadership and years of basketball experience?

Guess again. The stars for the Lady Knights are two freshmen and a sophomore. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, one of the freshmen, scored 25 points in her last game...a win over Louisville Mercy Accademy. She is the daughter of former UofL guard Tick Rogers. Another freshman that hits for double figures consistantly is Makayla Epps. Her dad Anthony was a guard for University of Kentucky and is a Lady Knights assistant coach. Rounding out the youth brigade is sophomore Bre Elder....who tossed in 18 points against Mercy.

Before you marvel at the success of these youngsters, keep in mind that they've played together in AAU ball for several years. All three were on the varsity as 7th graders and have worked closely with Marion County head coach Trent Milby. Marion County's only loss of the year came against an out of state opponent...Cincinnati powerhouse Walnut Hills. In state, they play in the highly competitive 5th region. Against the best in Louisville's 7th region, they are a perfect 4-0...downing Manual, Mercy, Christian Academy and Sacred Heart.

Way too early to tell where the talented trio in Lebanon are going to play their college hoops...but one would figure that the girls have had plenty of contact from UofL, UK and Tennessee. And, with two of the three having dads that played college in-state, it would figure that there's a little parental pull for those respective universities.

For now,'s the excitement of high school hoops for the terrific threesome. And, a possible dynasty over the next 4 years headquartered in the sleepy little town of Lebanon.

Written by Paul


  1. Wonderful piece! However, Lebanon isn't actually a sleepy little town. It's a lively place with a vibrant downtown, great live entertainment, art and cultural activities, 45 annual events, world famous Maker's Mark Distillery, a semi-pro basketball team - the Lebanon Lancers who were season champions in 2008 and 2009 - and Jets Over Kentucky, the second largest event of its kind in the world. Oh, and we do have a heck of a great girls basketball team. :-)

  2. Wow! Sounds like there is a lot more going on down there than I realized. In all fairness, I haven't been there in 5 years...and that was just a dfrive thru en route to another location. I do remember the beautiful St. Augustine Catholic Church and a very quaint furniture store not too far from it.

    And, Maker's Mark. It's a stop that anyone interested in the bourbon industry owes themselves. We took relatives there last fall and spent a wonderful afternoon touring the distillery and a couple of others in the area. I still have my hand dipped bottle (unopened..I might add) prominently display on a trophy case.


    No slight intended toward the town and I'll be pulling for the Marion County girls to take it all this year in the State tournament.

    An interesting post script to add...both Rogers and Epps were in attendance at the UofL vs. Connecticut women's game. Although it's way too early for themto have commitments for college in was good to have them in attendance and here's hoping they continue on the winning way at Marion County and possibly at UofL down the road.


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