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Girls Rout North Decatur 53-39
January 14, 2009 - A fast start has been the key for the Knightstown varsity girls basketball team this season. The Lady Panthers bolted out to an early lead and coasted to a 53-39 win over North Decatur last week, improving their record to 7-5 with their fifth win in the last seven games.
Knightstown started the season out with an 0-2 record, but has been playing much better basketball since.
An aggressive defense resulted in 15 steals by the Lady Panthers and set the stage early in the game. Knightstown led 15-3 after one quarter, and increased that to 31-9 by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Lady Panthers led 44-22 after three quarters before North Decatur made the final score look deceiving with a 17-9 scoring run over the game’s final eight minutes. Sophomore Megan Hiner led Knightstown with 18 points, hitting 8-of-13 from the field. She also had six rebounds, four steals and an assist.
Senior Natosha Hiner was the only other Lady Panther in double figures. She knocked down four of her five shots and a pair of free throws for 10 points. Natosha also had two rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Freshman Kaelee Kuhn played an outstanding game by scoring eight points, passing out a team-high seven assists and pulling down six rebounds. She also had a team-high four steals.
Senior Sabrina Hatfield just missed getting a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Brittany Brown had four points and four boards, while Danielle Altman had two points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Jocelyn Sturgill had three rebounds and two assists.
The Lady Panthers, now 7-5 on the season, continued their long home stand with a game Tuesday night against Eastern Hancock.
The girls host Union County Thursday and Cambridge City Lincoln next Tuesday, Jan. 20. Shenandoah visits on Jan. 23 in the first game of the boys and girls double-header.
Coach Dawn Basicker's Lady Panthers are playing more consistent basketball after starting the season off 0-2. They have won seven of their last ten games, including registering several blowout victories.
A recent win over Greenfield-Central and an overtime loss to fifth-ranked Lapel have contributed to the team turning things around.
BY THE NUMBERS
Score By Quarters
North Decatur 3 6 13 17 - 39
Knightstown 15 16 13 9 - 53
Player Fg-a Ft-a TP Reb Stl Ast
Brittany Brown 2-4 0-2 4 4 0 0
Natosha Hiner 4-5 2-4 10 2 3 2
Megan Hiner 8-13 2-4 18 6 3 1
Danielle Altman 1-3 0-0 2 4 2 1
Kaelee Kuhn 4-8 0-1 8 6 4 7
Jocelyn Sturgill 0-3 0-0 0 3 0 2
Sabrina Hatfield 4-6 3-4 11 9 3 1
Totals: 23-42 7-15 53 34 15 14
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