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 KHS 'C' Team Holds Off New Castle, Blue River

January 28, 2009 -  Knightstown’s ‘C’ boys basketball team got balanced scoring from eight different players and contributions from all 11 members of the roster in rolling to a 37-29 victory over New Castle Monday night.

Knightstown dominated the game in the first half and removed any doubt as to who would emerge victorious from this one in the first half.

The Panthers led 9-4 at the first stop when Zach Smith dropped in four points, Dillon Pugsley and Cody McDowell each tallied two and Wes Hammer added a free throw. But the second quarter proved to be the pivotal turning point in the game when Knightstown completely shut down the Trojans with an 11-0 run to lead 20-4 at the half.

Pugsley and Clay Ratliff each hit a trey, Brandon Carrender scored three markers and McDowell hit another fielder to complete the romp.

New Castle outscored the Panthers 25-17 in the second half, but by then it was too little, too late. The Panthers let the Trojans close the gap because they connected on just 11-of-25 free throws in the game, including only 9-of-17 in the final period.

Pugsley and Smith led a balanced Knightstown attack with seven points apiece, McDowell scored six, while Hammer and Ratliff each tallied five markers. Carrender scored four, and Nolan Hall added three, including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

Carrender had three steals, while Smith finished with three assists and four rebounds.



Knightstown’s ‘C’ boys basketball team got off to a great start and never looked back in slaughtering Blue River Valley 58-22 last week.

Coach Darren Haines saw his Panthers rocket out to a 15-5 first quarter lead, and then expand that to 34-10 by halftime. The score was 47-18 after three quarters.

Knightstown’s quick start was primarily the result of crisp passing, as well as clutch shooting. The team finished the game with 24 field goals, and 15 of those came off of an assist by a teammate.

Six different players scored in the opening quarter of the blowout. Clay Ratliff scored four points in the opening frame, while Matt Newell knocked down a three-pointer. Buckets were also registered by Dillon Pugsley, Nolan Hall, Zach Smith and Cody McDowell. That flurry of points made it 15-5 in the early going.

The Panthers then blew the game wide open in the second quarter, striking for 19 points as six different players again drilled field goals. Juday scored five points in the period, hitting a three-pointer and a two-point field goal.

Pugsley scored four points in the frame, while McDowell added three points by completing an old-fashioned three-point play. Hall also hit a trey, and single field goals were canned by Ratliff and Bobby Wyatt.

Knightstown expanded the lead to an insurmountable 47-18 after three quarters as Haines went 10 deep into his bench. The Panthers went inside to big man Bobby Wyatt, who scored eight points in the quarter, knocking down three buckets and adding a pair of free throws.

Ratliff scored three points and Will Milton added two more in the third frame.

Wyatt was the lone Panther in double figures on the night, finishing the game with 12 points and one blocked shot.

McDowell scored nine points and had three rebounds. Ratliff also dropped in nine points and had three boards, Hall had seven points and three rebounds, while Pugsley scored six points.

Juday finished the game with five points and two assists, while Newell contributed with four points and a pair of assists. Brandon Carrender had two points, while Milton had two points and two assists. Smith had a team-high four rebounds to go along with his two points.

Wes Hammer didn’t score in the game for Knightstown, but contributed greatly with a team-high six assists against no turnovers, and also pulled down three rebounds.



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