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 8th Grade Girls Beat Trojans, Now 2-0

January 21, 2009 -  Knightstown’s eighth grade girls basketball team defeated New Castle Monday night 23-12, upping their record to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Panthers had already won their season opener by defeating Frankton 24-20.

Knightstown bolted out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter at New Castle, and extended that to 17-3 at the half. The Lady Panthers managed just three field goals in the second half, mainly because the team went cold from the field, finishing the game just 10-of-40 from the field.

Despite the poor shooting by Knightstown, New Castle could never get back into the game. Morgan McRoberts led the Lady Panthers with 12 points and also pulled down seven rebounds.

Lauren Shields scored just two points, but had a game-high 11 rebounds and a game-high four assists. Libby Fender scored one point and had five rebounds. Mady Smith, Samantha Kuhn, Allison St. John and Bryanne Loveall all scored two points.

Lady Panthers 24, Frankton 20

Morganne McRoberts scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Lauren Shields scored seven points and dished out six assists to lead the Knightstown eighth grade girls basketball team to a 24-20 win over Frankton in the season opener.

While McRoberts and Shields were doing their thing on the offensive side of the court, sparkplug Mady Smith played a great defensive game. She shut down the Lady Eagles’ leading scorer, while teammate Erin Bundy did a great job of setting screens and getting McRoberts and Shields open. Both Smith and Bundy were praised by coach Cary Ellis for their performances in the game, as were McRoberts and Shields.

Knightstown didn’t get off to a fast start against Frankton, trailing 7-5 after one quarter. All of the Lady Panther points came from McRoberts, who drilled a three-pointer and hit two free throws in the opening frame. Frankton got three free throws to go with two fielders to lead by two points.

But Knightstown went on a 10-2 run when Smith began to crack down on the Frankton primary offensive weapon. That spurred the Lady Panthers to a 15-9 halftime lead.

McRoberts knocked down two second-quarter buckets, and Libbie Fender also canned two clutch shots during the run. A pair of free throws by Shields opened up a six-point lead.

But Frankton battled back in the third quarter when Knightstown went without a field goal. The only points of the period came on 3-of-4 free throw shooting by Shields. The Lady Panther lead was 18-14 heading into the final six minutes.

Knightstown got fourth quarter buckets from McRoberts, Shields and Smith to seal the deal and hand Frankton the home court loss.

McRoberts finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Shields had seven points and six assists, while Fender had four points and three rebounds. Smith had two points and an assist, while Bundy added two rebounds.

The girls travel to Union County Thursday and visit Tri next Tuesday.



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