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8th Grade Girls Get Three More Wins; Improve to 5-1
January 23, 2008 - Knightstown’s eighth grade girls basketball team is off to a fast start this season, winning five of their first six games. The girls clobbered Morristown and Union County, and edged New Castle last week.
Against Morristown last Tuesday the Lady Panthers jumped out to a 13-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in rolling to a 41-18 victory. Ashley Darling scored six points in the first quarter and Kaelee Kuhn added three more. Buckets from Margaret Pedigo and Michelle Hochstedler gave the girls a double digit lead after just six minutes.
Knightstown increased the lead to 21-7 at halftime and then 30-11 after three quarters. Coach Susan Crowe used a lot of players and all contributed in the win. Kuhn was the lone player in double digits with 11 points, while Hochstedler scored nine. Darling finished with eight points, Mahaley Hagy and Pedigo scored four apiece, and Shay Pope and Maribeth Wells added two each. Aerial Sturgill capped the scoring with one point.
Knightstown started a little more slowly against Union County, leading just 9-7 after one quarter when Kuhn and Pope scored four points apiece.
But the Lady Panthers left no doubt who would win this game in the second quarter, when they went on an 11-0 run to pull ahead 20-7 at the break with what would prove to be enough points to win this one. They increased that margin to 32-12 after three quarters.
Kuhn led the attack with 13 points, including five-of-seven from the charity stripe. Darling also hit double figures with 10 points, Pope had five and Hochstedler scored four. Pedigo drilled a three-pointer in the fourth quarter for her three points. Wells scored two points and Sturgill added one.
Knightstown had a much tougher time with larger school New Castle, but pulled out a dramatic win in the fourth quarter against the Lady Trojans.
After a 9-9 first quarter tie, the Lady Panthers pulled ahead 15-10 at the half by holding the Trojans to no field goals in the second frame. The Lady Trojans rallied to tie the game at 22-22 after three periods. Fourth quarter baskets by Kuhn, Sturgill, Pope and Hochstedler secured the two-point win.
The girls hosted Tri Monday night and travel to Shenandoah Thursday.
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