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 Girls Wallop Warriors 82-20; End Losing Streak

January 9, 2008 - Knightstown’s Lady Panther varsity basketball followed up a five-game winning streak this season with a five-game losing streak. It wasn’t a good time for 0-11 Wes-Del to coming visiting.

The Lady Panthers took out their frustrations on the visiting Lady Warriors by thumping them 82-20 Saturday afternoon, bringing a convincing end to that losing streak. The point total was the most put up by a Knightstown girls basketball team since an 86-29 win over Wes-Del in 2004, and the margin of victory was the widest since an 88-10 win over Daleville in 2002.

Like those games, this one was never seriously in doubt. After a pair of inside buckets by Sabrina Hatfield made it 4-0 early, the Lady Warriors got a basket from Carmen Huffman that brought a cheer from their fans. But Knightstown got six straight points from Danielle Altman on two assists from Diana Trautmann and it was quickly 10-2.

Wes-Del responded with another field goal, but the Lady Panthers then went on a 10-0 run.

Altman hit again, Megan Hiner scored four straight points, and Jocelyn Sturgill hit a rebound basket. Another steal and score by Megan Hiner upped the lead to 20-4 before the Warriors got another bucket.

Natosha Hiner drilled a trey after an outlet pass from Sturgill and Knightstown had bolted to a 23-6 first quarter lead. Wes-Del turned the ball over 12 times in the opening quarter, mostly due to an aggressive Lady Panther defense that resulted in nine Knightstown steals.

After the Lady Warriors go the first basket of the second quarter, the Lady Panthers again went to work. Another 10-0 run ensued. Hatfield hit and that was followed by two straight buckets off of drives from Natosha Hiner. Megan Hiner then drove inside for two more and suddenly it was 33-8. Wes-Del ended a four minute scoreless streak with two, but Hatfield and Trautmann hit quickly. A slick pass from Natosha Hiner gave Haley Cruse an easy two inside, and then Natosha hit Megan Hiner with another nice pass for two more. The Knightstown lead was 42-10.

It got worse. Hatfield scored three straight buckets inside and was never seriously challenged defensively. The Lady Panthers finished the first half with a 50-12 lead and 17 steals. The Lady Warriors had 24 turnovers, and Hatfield had 14 of her game-high 16 points at the break.

Knightstown would extend the lead to 62-12 before Wes-Del managed another basket. A 12-0 run to start the second half, combined with the 8-0 run before halftime, brought that run to an eye-rubbing 20 straight points. Seven different Knightstown players scored in the third quarter, with Megan Hiner, Trautmann, Altman and Brittany Brown each getting four points. Natosha Hiner, Hatfield and Sturgill also hit fielders in the period.

By the time the third quarter ended Knightstown held a 72-16 lead and Coach Dawn Basicker dug deep into her junior varsity roster to finish up the game.

That move resulted in the lineup of primary JV players outscoring Wes-Del 10-4 over the final eight minutes. Hannah Smith, Haley Morgan, Cassie Hammer and Megan Chew were able to log considerable varsity minutes the rest of the way.

Morgan and Smith both knocked down varsity baskets down the stretch as the Lady Panthers cruised to the 82-20 victory.

Five Knightstown girls finished in double figures. Hatfield led the way with 16 points, getting 14 of those in the first half, including 10 in the second quarter. Danielle Altman scored 14 points and dropped down eight of those in the opening period. Those two had 24 of their combined 30 in the first half.

Natosha Hiner and Megan Hiner also hit double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Megan also had six steals and Natosha five. Trautmann scored 11 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists. She also had five steals.

Cruse, Brown and Sturgill scored four points apiece, while Morgan and Smith added two. Ten of the 12 players who saw action scored in the contest.

The win improved the Lady Panthers to 6-7 on the season. The girls were in action Tuesday night at Eastern Hancock (1-12), and travel to Union County (5-6) Thursday.


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