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KIS 8th Grade Wins County Tourney; Boys Roll Over Shenandoah, Tri to Capture County Trophy
January 28, 2009 - After getting off to a slow start and battling through a brutal schedule, Knightstown’s eighth grade boys basketball team has turned things around.
Coach Mel Matlock’s young Panthers won the Henry County Tournament over the weekend by defeating Shenandoah and Tri rather handily. The Panthers are now 8-6 on the season.
Knightstown 41, Shenandoah 34
In the Henry County Tournament championship game, Knightstown took control of the game from the onset and disposed of rival Shenandoah, 41-34. The Panthers came out quickly on a trey from Andre Loveall and four points from Dakota Smucker.
Layne Olsheske and Jarred Souders also knocked down buckets to spot the Panthers to an 11-5 first quarter lead. Knightstown expanded that to 22-14 at halftime when Justin Mann hit three field goals and Anthony Peck added three points.
Smucker then hit a trey and scored five points in the third frame. Mann added four more points and Zac Cleek scored on a jumper. The Knightstown lead was 33-27 heading into the fourth period.
Any hopes Shenandoah had of a comeback were thwarted when Mann scored four more points and Knightstown counted by hitting four free throws down the stretch. Cleek hit both of his tries from the charity stripe, while Walker Titus and Smucker added one freebie apiece.
Mann finished with a game-high 14 points, while Smucker scored 10. Titus and Olsheske both scored four points, Peck and Loveall each had three, Souders scored two and Titus added one.
Knightstown 41, Tri 22
Tri kept the game close at halftime, trailing the Panthers just 17-14 at the break. But the young Panthers exploded for 17 points in the third quarter and routed the Titans 41-22 in the first round of the Henry County Tournament.
The third quarter outburst was highlighted by three field goals apiece from Lane Olsheske and Justin Mann. Three points from Andre Loveall and two more from Dakota Smucker helped to turn the game around, and the Panthers had turned a 17-14 halftime lead into a 34-16 advantage via a 17-2 run.
Olsheske was the only player in the game who hit for double figures, finishing with 15 points. Loveall added eight, Mann scored six, Smucker, Tommy Masters and Anthony Peck scored three apiece. Jarred Souders scored two points and Zac Cleek added one.
Knightstown 37, New Castle 30
The Panthers stopped the New Castle White team on January 21, 37-30.
Eight different players scored in the contest, and Knightstown used a 17-2 run in the second quarter to put the game away.
Nic Rayburn, Loveall, Smucker and Souders all scored six points for the Panthers. Olsheske added five, Grant Kennedy and Titus had three apiece and Peck scored two.
Knightstown 43, Lincoln 32
The Panthers bolted out to a 25-13 halftime lead and cruised to a 43-32 win over Cambridge City Lincoln. Andre Loveall hit a three-pointer, connected on 4-of-5 free throws and added four field goals for a game-high 15 points to pace the Panthers.
Dakota Smucker also scored in double figures with 10 points, despite being shut out in the third quarter. Layne Olsheske scored six points, Justin Mann added four, Walker Titus and Nic Rayburn hit treys for three apiece and Tommy Masters scored two points.
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