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 Pink Rally Overtakes Blue, Forces Second Game

March 14, 2007 - Kori Biehl scored 21 of her 31 points in the second half, and the Pink third and fourth grade girls team rallied from seven points down to defeat the Light Blue team, 35-26 Saturday morning.

The victory by the Pink team forced a second game Monday night (see related story) to determine the champion of the Knightstown Optimist Club double elimination tournament.

The Blue Team had forged ahead early in the game, jumping out to an 8-2 lead and maintaining that until it was 17-12 at the half. But the Pink went on a scoring binge in the second half, led by Kori Biehl, to overcome the deficit and win the game handily.

Everything was going in Blue’s favor in the early stages of the contest. Macy Burton and Shelby Patton scored early baskets. Then Savannah Masters hit Burton with a great pass for an easy bucket, and the Blue team stormed ahead 8-2 with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter.

But Biehl and Deana Miller hit back-to-back baskets, and those were answered by a free throw from Patton to make it a 9-6 game. Biehl then hit just before the buzzer to leave the score at 9-8 after one quarter.

Masters and Burton hit quick baskets and the Blue team had again increased their lead to five points at 13-8. Then Burton and Biehl traded baskets on consecutive trips as the Blue team took a 17-12 lead into the halftime break.

At the halftime break, Burton and Biehl had dominated play. Burton had outscored Biehl 12-10 and her team led the game by five points.

But Biehl took over the game in the second half, scoring 21 points on 10 field goals and a free throw. She lit up the scoreboard for nine third-quarter points. Burton hit a fielder with 2:35 to play in the stanza, keeping the Blue ahead 21-18. But Biehl hit again, and then followed that with a three-point play that put the Pink ahead for the first time in the game with 12 seconds to play in the third quarter.

They never surrendered that lead, either. The Pink scored the first 12 points of the first quarter to lead by their biggest margin at 35-22. That scoring run completed a 23-5 run over the third and fourth quarters.

After scoring nine points in the third quarter, Biehl exploded for 12 points in the final stanza. She finished with a game-high 31 points.

Miller nailed two field goals for four points for the Pink team. Other girls playing well for the winners were Erinn Stamm, Leah Heim, Cara McDowell, Kiley Erwin and Kinzi Badgley.

Burton also put on a shooting clinic for the Light Blue team, finishing with 18 points. Masters and Patton scored four apiece. Also playing well was Masters, Brittney Taylor and Shyron Sturgill.