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JV Boys Won 11 Straight Games in 1973
Knightstown’s girls basketball team committed 21 turnovers in the second half and lost to New Palestine in the sectional, 50-41. The Lady Panthers led by double digits in the first quarter, and maintained a lead through the first three periods. But turnovers killed the team. Shari Alexander led the Lady Panthers with 12 points. Diane Zinkan had 10, Suzanne Foster scored nine, Kim Beavers and Rhonda Barton scored four apiece and April Helms had two.
When team leader Baron Magee fouled out with just seconds to play in the game, he went to the bench with 28 and 20 rebounds to his credit. But the Knightstown boys varsity basketball team was tied with Blue River and had just a few seconds to get off one last shot. They turned to a freshman named Mike Wade, and he delivered. Wade hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer – his only bucket of the night - to give the Panthers a 66-64 win over Blue River. Just two days earlier, Knightstown knocked off Greenfield-Central 66-63 when Ron Hammer stole an in-bounds pass and fed Magee for an easy layup. After another steal by Hammer, Magee hit two free throws to ice the game and give the Panthers back-to-back last-second victories.
Knightstown’s seventh and eighth grade basketball teams won their games Monday night against Morton Memorial. The seventh grade won 19-14. Dawn Redman had six points, while Mardina Marsh and Angie Lawson scored four apiece. Kelly Roberts and Diane Foster both scored two points and Eileen Mullany had one point.
The eighth grade girls won 41-34. Jeana Wright had four points and Tracy Barton scored 11. Robin Clapp and Dawn Florea each had six points, while Michelle Clay and Sherry Lee both scored two.
Knightstown’s varsity wrestling team finished third in the sectional, ahead of host Greenfield, Eastern Hancock, Tri High, Mt. Vernon and Morton Memorial. The Panthers finished just two points behind second place Rushville and four behind winner New Palestine. Harold Mohler, Doug Johnson, Terry Wright and Joe Turpin all won the sectional in their weight classes. Dave Kilmer also second place, and those five will advance to the regional.
Pat Riggs scored 30 points in two games and the Knightstown eighth grade basketball team closed its season with wins over Blue River and Centerville Coach Wayne Allen’s team beat the Vikings 48-24 and Riggs scored 16 points. Kurt Easton had nine, Phil Martin eight and Bill Miller six. Against the Bulldogs, Riggs had 14 points, Miller scored eight and Tom Hager had seven.
Coach Bud King’s Carthage Raider junior high team defeated New Salem 50-35. Davis Grizzell and Brian Magee both scored double figures in points and rebounds. Grizzell had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Magee had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team whipped Blue River 74-52. Brian Hampton had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Richey had 10 points and nine assists, while Russell Cleek had eight points and 12 rebounds. The varsity is now 12-7. Senior Rob Winters, sidelined since early January with a broken bone in his hand, returned to action and scored eight points in a brief appearance. Randy Jordan also played sparingly, but scored four points, had four steals and four assists for coach Duane Queener’s team.
Coach Mike Jester’s freshman team completed a 14-4 season by beating New Palestine 54-33. The freshmen compiled that record despite losing their top two players, Brent Magee (on the junior varsity) and Galen Thomas (injury). Randy Posey, Bob Stevens, Tom Eddy, Dale Johnson and Larry Roland carried the bulk of the scoring load. Posey scored 24 and 26 points, respectively, in the final two games for Coach Mike Jester.
Knightstown junior varsity boys team won its 11th consecutive game, improving to 14-5 on the season by crushing Blue River 63-20. Jerry Brown, Gary Litton, Buddy Fannin, Brent Magee and Marty Wells all scored eight points apiece in the game.
Bob Miller, Ricky Harris and Jay Taylor scored nine points apiece and the freshman “B” team beat New Palestine 41-30.
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