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 New Castle Knocks Off Panther JV 45-41

January 14, 2009 -  Knightstown’s junior varsity boys basketball team ran into a buzz saw last Friday night at New Castle, losing to the host Trojans 45-41.

The Panthers shot poorly from the onset, falling behind by 11 points in the first quarter after hitting just 3-of-14 shots. The only Knightstown lead of the game came at 2-0 on an early bucket inside by Lane Fields.

The Trojans then went on a 15-2 run and things started looking ugly for the Panthers early on.

New Castle upped the lead to 17-6 before the Knightstown players finally started to find their shots. A long three-pointer by Jacob Taylor resulted in a four-point play when the 6-0 sophomore was fouled as he came down after the shot. Taylor hit both free throws, completing essentially a five-point play, to pull the Panthers to within six points.

A nice pass from Joey Wyatt resulted in two clutch points by Aaron Forshey, and that was followed by a cutting drive for two by Danny Ortman. Suddenly, the Panthers had reeled off nine unanswered points and cut the deficit to 17-15.

The Panthers battled the rest of the way, but never got closer than that two-point margin. After the Trojans took a 23-17 lead into the halftime break, they came out quickly in the third quarter to expand their lead back to double digits at 27-17. Chris Mefford came off of the Panther bench to get two quick buckets to make it 29-23, but back-to-back treys by the Trojans increased the margin to 35-23 after three quarters. Knightstown scored just six third quarter points and hit on just 3-of-11 shots in the third frame.

The Panthers made one last run at New Castle early in the fourth quarter. Taylor scored on an assist from Wyatt and Aaron Forshey followed with a bucket on another good pass from Wyatt. Mefford followed with a bucket and two free throws and with 3:18 to play Knightstown was back in the game, trailing just 37-31. The Panthers got back to within five points when Wyatt stole the ball and Nolan Hall drained a three-pointer to make it 43-38 with 56 seconds left. The Trojans scored another basket before Hall sank another trey just before the buzzer.

Knightstown went on an 18-10 run in the final quarter, but the damage had been done earlier when the team hit just 10-of-36 from the field through the first three periods.

Mefford finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and all of those came in the second half. Ortman scored eight points and Taylor added seven. Hall scored his six points in the last minute of the game on two treys.

Fields and Aaron Forshey each scored four points and Lucas Hochstedler added two.

The junior varsity boys will be in action Friday night at Centerville, with tip-off slated for 6:30 p.m.



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