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 8th Grade Boys Struggle Against Bigger Schools in Tournament

January 16, 2008 - Coach Mel Matlock’s Knightstown eighth grade boys basketball team ran into some pretty stiff competition at New Castle in the Trojans’ tournament Saturday. The Panther boys went up against bigger schools in both games and showed improvement as the day progressed.

Knightstown lost the first game of the tourney to New Castle 48-15, but played much better in the consolation match, falling to Greenfield-Central 39-28.

Against the Cougars, the Panthers fell behind 12-3 in the first quarter when they managed just one field goal by Clay Ratliff. William Milton hit one free throw, but the Cougars nailed six jump shots to forge the nine-point lead.

The Panthers played much better in the second frame. Knightstown hit five-of-eight free throws and got jumpers from Bobby Wyatt and Milton. Matt Newell and Ratliff added a pair of free throws apiece as the Panthers matched Greenfield point-for-point in the second period.

The Cougars were only able to advance their lead by one point in the third quarter, as Knightstown battled them evenly through the middle two stanzas. Wyatt pumped in six points in the third quarter and Matt Newell added a trey. Milton scored four points in the frame.

But the Panthers got just one free throw from Andre Loveall in the final quarter and were unable to knock down a field goal in falling by the 39-28 final. Wyatt led the team with nine points and Milton scored eight. Wyatt and Ratliff scored four apiece and Loveall added one.


The Panthers received just one first-quarter field goal from Wyatt and fell behind quickly, 12-2. They eventually lost to the Trojans 48-15, their worst defeat of the season.

Ratliff scored all six of his points in the second quarter when the Panthers were able to put up 10 markers. But at the same time the Trojans were scoring 21 to take a 33-12 halftime advantage.

Ratliff led Knightstown six his six points. Wyatt scored four, Newell and Milton had two apiece, and Jared Souders added one.


The Panther eighth grade basketball team dropped a game to a talented Eastern Hancock group 52-39.

Knightstown fell behind early and could never fully recover. The Royals bolted ahead 14-7 in the first quarter when Jarred Pyle scored eight points, Evan Fout added a trey and Cody Clark nailed three free throws. The Panthers counted with two points apiece from William Newell, Jon Jordan and Bobby Wyatt, as well as a free throw from Matt Newell.

The Panthers used four points apiece from William Newell and Wyatt to cut the deficit to 20-16 at the half. But Pyle scored six and Zach Moreland had four as the Royals began to pull away, leading 30-22 after three quarters. Wyatt had all six of the Panther points in the third period.

The game then became a shootout in the final quarter. Pyle exploded for nine points in the final frame and Clark added six more for the Royals. Matt Newell answered with 10 of his 11 points in the final quarter, and Milton scored five points. But Eastern Hancock put up 22 markers in the final frame, outscoring Knightstown 22-17 over the game’s final six minutes.

Wyatt and William Milton led the Panthers with 12 points apiece, and Matt Newell also hit double digits with 11. Jordan and Clay Ratliff scored two apiece. Pyle had a monster game for the Royals, finishing with 23 points and drilling 10 field goals. Clark had 13 points.


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