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Another Slow Start Dooms Panthers Again
February 21, 2007 - Saturday night Knightstown trailed host Hagerstown by a margin strikingly similar to the night before against Waldron. The third quarter results were nearly as identical.
The Tigers used a dominant third quarter to erase any hopes of the Panthers stealing a win on their way to a 69-60 victory.
Friday night the Panthers trailed at the half 29-20, and were out-scored 15-3 in the third quarter. Saturday the results were similar. Trailing 29-21 at halftime, the Panthers were out-scored 22-14 in the third quarter by the 5-14 Tigers.
The final result was much closer because for the second straight game, the Panthers put up some big numbers over the game’s final eight minutes. Knightstown scored 25 fourth quarter points against Hagerstown, after scoring 22 the night before against Waldron.
The team just can’t seem to put those fourth quarter results together before it’s too late.
Nathan Hibbert nailed six three-pointers on his way to tying for game high-honors. Kyle Buckley and Brice Biehl added nine points apiece. Dakota James had eight points, while Ryan Hood hit a couple of treys for six points. Bryce Cole, Kelton Lane and Zach Apollos scored two apiece.
Bryant DeBaun and Curtis Brock scored 22 points apiece Saturday night to lead Hagerstown. Josh Foulke added 10 as the Tigers improved to 5-12.
Now 1-19 on the season, Knightstown has one more opportunity to end the nine-game winning streak this Friday. It will be a tall order, however.
The Panthers travel to Rushville for a special 6:30 junior varsity tip-off. The varsity will begin play at 8 p.m.
The Lions are 8-11, but last week gave Class 3A Batesville (15-3) all they could handle in an overtime game. Rushville has beaten Knightstown nine of the last 12 times the teams have played.
Nate Hibbert 7 2-3 22, Biehl 4 0-0 9, James 3 2-2 8, Hood 2 0-0 6, Cole 1 0-0 2, Buckley 4 0-0 9 Lane 1 0-0 2, Apollos 1 0-0 2
Totals: 23 4-5 60
Marshall 1 0-0 2, Lakes 2 4-4 8, B. DeBaun 7 5-5 22, Zachary 1 3-3 5, C. Brock 8 6-8 22, Foulke 5 0-0 10
Totals: 24 18-20 69
3-pointers: H 3 (DeBaun 3), K 10 (Hibbert 6, Biehl, Hood 2, Buckley).
Fouls: H 6, K 14
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