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 Centerville Knocks Lady Panthers Out of Tourney

February 13, 2008 - A quick start by the Knightstown Lady Panther basketball team in their sectional opener against Centerville proved to be nothing more than window dressing. After they jumped out to an 8-2 lead, the Knightstown girls were outscored 68-39 the rest of the way, losing to the Lady Bulldogs 70-47.

The setback knocked the Lady Panthers out of the tournament and was perhaps the most disappointing loss of the season. Knightstown had beaten Centerville in November 41-34, and the Lady Bulldogs lost their second round sectional game to Hagerstown by 19 points.

Knightstown had to play without starting point guard Megan Hiner, who missed the game because of illness. Although she was in a stage of recovery, Hiner did not have adequate practice time on the court to participate in the sectional.

Without her directing the offense, the Lady Panthers committed 13 first half turnovers and could never recover.

Knightstown came out of the gates quickly, knocking down four field goals in the game’s first five minutes. Jocelyn Sturgill made a nice pass inside to Sabrina Hatfield for two, and moments later hit Danielle Altman for two more. Sturgill picked up her third assist of the first quarter when she hit Diana Trautmann for a fast-break basket, and then Sturgill hit on the inside, putting the Lady Panthers up 8-2 with 2:56 left in the first quarter.

At that point Sturgill had two points and three assists and the Lady Bulldogs were just one-of-seven from the field. But Centerville hit three straight shots to take their first lead at 9-8.

Trautmann nailed a long jumper with her foot on the three-point line, and Sturgill followed with a 15-footer to make it 12-9 with 15 seconds left in the opening period. There weren’t a lot of highlights for the Lady Panthers after that. Centerville went on a 26-10 run over the rest of the half.

The Lady Bulldogs scored at the end of the first quarter to make it 12-11, and then added two more buckets to pull ahead 16-12. Altman answered with two on a rebound-basket, but Centerville then scored 10 unanswered points to lead 26-14. In the first four minutes of the second quarter the Lady Bulldogs had gone on a 15-2 run by hitting six-of-eight shots.

Knightstown got a pair of free throws from Hatfield and a driving lay-in by Natosha Hiner to make it 31-20. But after missing two shots, Centerville then hit two straight to up the lead to 35-20, all but ending Lady Panther hopes of a victory.

Less than two minutes into the third quarter Knightstown took another hit when Sturgill was called for her third foul, sending her to the bench. The Lady Panthers immediately went on a 10-2 run and opened up a 51-28 lead. Sturgill re-entered the game and was then hit with her fourth foul, essentially taking her out of the game for good.

Trautmann, playing in her final high school basketball game, refused to go out quietly. She scored 16 points, but had 12 of those in the second half, trying to rally her team. She scored eight points in the fourth quarter and showed a lot of pride, despite her team being down by an insurmountable margin.

Centerville hit at a 52 percent clip, their fifth consecutive game above the 50 percent mark, and the Lady Panthers couldn’t answer. Centerville also outscored Knightstown by 10 points from the free throw line, and committed just 13 turnovers to the Lady Panthers’ 26.

Trautmann led the way for Knightstown with 16 points.

Junior center Brittney Andrews led the Bulldogs with 20 points and had nine rebounds. Her job was made easier by the foul trouble of Sturgill. Sophomore spitfire point guard Linsday Ivey also scored 18 points, and her game benefited by the absence of Megan Hiner. No other Lady Panther had enough quickness to keep her in check. Callie Kinsey scored nine points and had 10 rebounds for Centerville.

Altman had a good game for Knightstown with 10 points on five field goals. Sturgill had six points and five assists, while Natosha Hiner scored six points. Sabrina Hatfield finished with just four points, and Cassie Hammer came off of the bench to score three points with a fourth-quarter trey. Hannah Smith capped the Knightstown scoring with two points.

Centerville was whistled for just nine fouls in the entire game, while the Lady Bulldogs shot 24 free throws, knocking down 16.

Knightstown bowed out of the state tournament with a record of 9-12. Only Trautmann will be lost to graduation this spring.



Centerville (70)

Kayla Lawler 3 2-3 10, Lindsey Ivey 6 4-4 18, Callie Kinsey 3 2-4 9, Lauren Minhinnett 3 2-4 9, Brittney Andrews 8 4-8 20, Natasha Healton 0 0-0 0, Ashley Schmidgall 0 0-0 0, Kristin Smith 1 2-2 4, Lisle Honkomp 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 24-46 16-24 70.


Knightstown (47)

Natosha Hiner 3 0-2 6, Diana Trautmann 6 4-4 16, Danielle Altman 5 0-0 10, Jocelyn Sturgill 3 0-0 6, Sabrina Hatfield 1 2-2 4, Cassie Hammer 1 0-0 3, Hannah Smith 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 20-42 6-8 47.


3-pointers: C 6 (Lawler 2, Ivey 2, Kinsey, Minhinnett); K 1 (Hammer).

Rebounds: C 25 (Kinsey 10, Andrews 9) K 20 (Hatfield 7, Altman 5).

Turnovers: C 13, K 26.

Fouls: C 9, K 16. Fouled out: Sturgill.


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