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 Panther 'C' Team Heating Up With Three Blowout Wins

January 21, 2009 -  Knightstown’s “C” boys basketball team dismantled Lapel, Shenandoah and Hagerstown with an aggressive defense that resulted in three blowout wins.

The Panthers blasted Lapel last week 40-19, holding the Bulldogs to two field goals and just nine points in the first half. Lapel did not hit a shot in the second quarter. The Panthers also clobbered Shenandoah 46-27 and crushed Hagerstown 34-18.

Against the Bulldogs, Nolan Hall and Dillon Pugsley both hit three-pointers in the first quarter. Hall added another field goal and Knightstown got buckets from Zach Smith and Wes Hammer to lead 12-7 after one quarter.

The Panthers’ defensive pressure then took Lapel out of the game, as Knightstown went on a 7-2 second quarter run, holding the Bulldogs to just two free throws in the period. Pugsley hit a trey, while Smith and Bobby Wyatt knocked down buckets in the second frame.

Knightstown blew the game open with a 13-4 run in the third quarter. Pugsley scored four points, Hall hit his second trey of the game, while Hammer, Smith and Brandon Carrender all scored two points. Heading into the final period Knightstown held a commanding 32-13 lead.

Cody Juday dropped in a pair of fourth-quarter buckets. Clay Ratliff and Will Milton also hit fielders in the final six minutes.

Nine different Panthers scored in the game, led by 10 points from Pugsley. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Hall scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and collected two steals. Smith had a great all-around game with six points, a team-high six rebounds and two assists. Juday had four points and four assists, Hammer had four points and three rebounds, while Milton, Carrender, Wyatt and Ratliff all had two points apiece. Matt Newell added two rebounds and a pair of steals.

Panthers 46, Raiders 23

In what was expected to be a much better game, Knightstown blasted Shenandoah on the Panther court, 46-23. The Panthers used a 22-7 second half run to walk away with the easy win.

The game started off as if it would be a more competitive game, with the Panthers getting points from five different players while opening up a 12-6 first quarter lead. Three-pointers by Nolan Hall and Clay Ratliff were registered in the opening frame. Buckets by Dillon Pugsley, Zach Smith and Wes Hammer upped the lead to six points after one stop.

Again in the second frame the Panthers got five field goals, and again they came from five different players. Ratliff knocked down a trey, while Bobby Wyatt, Matt Newell, Will Milton and Pugsley also scored. In the first half Knightstown had 11 field goals put up by eight different players, and led 24-16.

But Shenandoah couldn’t hang with the Panthers over the second half. The Raiders managed just two field goals in the third quarter, and Hall made them pay by drilling two three-pointers. Smith scored four points on a field goal and two free throws and Milton added another bucket as the Knightstown lead was expanded to 16 points, 36-20, after three frames.

Wes Hammer knocked down two jumpers and Ratliff drilled a trey in the final frame. Pugsley also hit a bucket and Brandon Carrender added a free throw to cap the scoring.

Hall was high man with nine points, getting all of those on three treys. Pugsley, Smith and Hammer all scored six points apiece, while Milton scored five. Wyatt and Newell added two apiece and Carrender scored one.

Panthers 34, Tigers 18

Although they started off slowly in the first quarter, Knightstown pretty much put this one in the bag by halftime, drilling Hagerstown 34-18.

The Panthers led 6-2 after one quarter despite hitting just two shots. Smith and Wyatt both nailed jumpers and Hall hit a pair of free throws. But in the second quarter, Knightstown jumped on Hagerstown for 17 points and increased their lead to 23-8 at halftime.

Juday nailed a trey and scored five points in the deciding second frame. McDowell added five markers, Smith scored three and Milton and Hall knocked down two more apiece. The Panthers then increased the margin to 32-14 after three quarters.

Hall scored five points in the third quarter and ended up high man with nine points. He also had two steals and three rebounds. Smith had five points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Pugsley scored two points but that three steals and three assists. Juday finished with five points, Wyatt scored four, while Milton, Carrender and Hammer had two apiece.

The Knightstown “C” team traveled to Crispus Attucks Tuesday night and hosts Blue River on Thursday. The team plays at home against New Castle on Monday.



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