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 Mefford's Bomb Lifts Reserves to 37-35 Win Over Blue River

February 6, 2008 - Knightstown sophomore Chris Mefford doesn’t go outside very often in the Panther junior varsity offensive scheme. But his venture from behind the three-point arch paid great dividends for Knightstown last Friday night against Blue River.

Mefford found himself wide open with time running out at the Panthers trailing by a point. Mefford was left alone in the right corner and swished the nets with 18 seconds to play that provided the winning points in a thrilling 37-35 victory for the Knightstown junior varsity.

The win improved the Panther JV to 13-3 on the season, but it didn’t come easy on this night. Knightstown led 16-10 after one period on the strength of 11 first quarter points by Lane Fields.

But Fields didn’t score again the rest of the game, and four points by Mefford, plus three from Jordan Hauk, enabled Knightstown told hold a slim 23-19 lead at the half.

Then the Panthers played perhaps their worst six minutes of the season in the third quarter. Knightstown went without a field goal, missing all eight of its shots and turning the ball over six times. Still, it took a three-pointer by the Vikings just before the horn to cut the Knightstown lead to three points at 26-24.

A see-saw fourth quarter slugfest kept fans from sitting down too often. Knightstown missed its first four shots in the final frame, giving them 13 consecutive misses going back to the second quarter.

A three-pointer at the 4:40 mark of the final period put the Vikings up 27-26 and brought the host team’s fans to their feet. Knightstown responded to that when Hauk sandwiched two three throws around a nice drive by Travis Titus, returned the lead to the Panthers at 30-27.

After a Viking bucket cut the lead to one point, Anthony Forshey sank two free throws. But Blue River got another long three-pointer and tied the game up at 32-all with 2:36 showing on the clock.

Drew Martin hit one-of-two free throws, and Hauk was later fouled. He, too, knocked down one freebie that upped the Panther lead to 34-32. Seconds later, Blue River’ Aaron Knupp canned his second straight three, giving the Vikings a 35-34 lead with 50 seconds on the game clock.

The Panthers tried to work the ball inside, but Blue River kept closing off the lanes. Then Mefford stepped outside and headed to the right corner, where he caught a pass and was not challenged. Mefford didn’t hesitate, firing up the trey that swished the nets and put the Panthers up with just 18 seconds on the clock.

Blue River had one more shot to tie the game but missed. Mefford pulled down the rebound to secure the win.

Lane finished as the lone Panther in double figures with 11 points. He scored all of those in the first quarter. Mefford finished with nine, Titus had six, Hauk scored five, Martin four and Anthony Forshey scored two.

The win improved the JV record to 13-3 on the season. They will be in action again Thursday night at Greenfield-Central. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

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