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Lady Panthers Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games; Girls Whip Tri 59-42, Now 13-5 For Year
February 4, 2009 - Knightstown’s Lady Panther basketball team let Tri High hang around for two quarters last Saturday, and then blew out the Lady Titans over the final 16 minutes en route to a 59-42 win on Senior Night.
The win was the seventh straight for coach Dawn Basicker and the Lady Panthers, and their ninth win in the last 10 games. Knightstown is now 13-5 for the season, their best record ever in the eight-year coaching career of Basicker. The Lady Panthers posted a 13-win season during the 2004-05 year, when Knightstown completed a 13-9 record.
Tri made a game of it Saturday in the first half, mainly because the Lady Panthers hit just 4-of-14 field goals in the second quarter. Tri trailed just 27-24 at the half. But the Lady Panthers shot better than 75 percent from the field in the second half, blowing the game wide open with a 10-0 run over a three-minute span.
After trailing 27-24 at the half, the Lady Titans started out with a strong third-quarter push to take the lead at 34-33 on a three-pointer by Angie Smith. There were plenty of reasons why things were looking scary for Knightstown at that point.
After expanding their three-point halftime lead to 31-26 on a Megan Hiner field goal, Knightstown went into a funk and got into serious foul trouble. Leading scorer Megan Hiner picked up her fourth foul of the game with 4:16 still to play in the third quarter. Back-to-back Lady Panther turnovers resulted in Tri taking a 34-33 lead. Freshman Kaelee Kuhn returned the lead to Knightstown by swishing the nets on a clutch three-pointer that put KHS up 36-34 at the 3:34 mark.
But senior Sabrina Hatfield then immediately joined Megan in foul trouble when she picked up her fourth with 3:19 to play in the period. Those two went to the bench, and moments later, senior Jocelyn Sturgill was nailed for her fourth foul.
Sturgill stayed in the game, however, and immediately grabbed an offensive rebound, scoring on the play and extending the lead to 38-34 with 2:28 left in the third quarter. With more than 10 minutes still to be played in this one, Knightstown had three starters in trouble with four fouls, and had committed seven fouls in the period, compared to just one for Tri.
It didn’t matter, because the Lady Panthers’ crafty freshman came up big again. Kuhn hit nothing but net on her second trey of the quarter and fourth of the game, extending the lead to 41-34. It was a huge bucket by Kuhn because the Lady Titans had just emerged from a time out, hopeful of making a run with the three KHS starters on the bench.
Junior Danielle Altman, who has been Miss Consistent throughout the season, then came down with a rebound and quick put-back just before the buzzer to extend the Knightstown lead to 43-34. The scoring flurry completed a 10-0 run over the final 3:50, and most of that damage occurred with the three starters sitting down.
Tri could never recover from what had to feel like a lost opportunity. Natosha Hiner split two defenders and scored on a slicing drive inside, and then Hatfield dropped in two off of a great pass from Altman. Suddenly it was 47-34 and the Lady Titans had been taken completely out of the game.
The Knightstown lead never dropped to less than 11 points the rest of the way and reached a high of 18 in the closing minutes.
Tri got off to a quick 4-0 lead when Shaye Warman hit a trey and was fouled, completing the rare four-point play. Warman came back with another three-pointer and the Lady Titans led 9-2 with 4:30 showing on the first quarter game clock.
The Lady Panthers responded when Sturgill got an offensive rebound put-back and Kuhn nailed the first of her four three-pointers in the contest. Altman scored inside, Megan Hiner hit two straight fielders and Brittan Brown scored inside as Knightstown went on a 13-0 run to lead 15-9.
Knightstown’s lead hit double figures on two occasions in the second quarter. But KHS committed 13 first-half fouls, had 12 turnovers and shot just 10-of-28 from the field, allowing Tri to climb back into the game with a 7-0 late run.
Altman once again came up huge for the Lady Panthers. The quiet, but steady junior hit 5-of-6 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws for a team-high 13 points. She also had six rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Kuhn also had a huge game by nailing 4-of-6 three-pointers for 12 points. The Lady Panthers trailed 34-33 in the third period when Kuhn scored six of the next eight Knightstown points on long threes.
Hatfield also hit double digits with 12 points, pulling down six rebounds and dishing out two assists. Megan Hiner finished with seven points, five rebounds and four steals. Natosha Hiner had seven points, three assists and two steals.
Sturgill scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists. Brown had two points and two boards.
The Lady Panthers traveled to Waldron Tuesday night to complete their regular season schedule. The girls will play Shenandoah this Tuesday in the first round of the IHSAA Sectional, which is played at Knightstown this year.
BY THE NUMBERS
Score By Quarters
Tri High 11 13 10 8 - 42
Knightstown 15 12 16 16 - 59
Tri High (42)
Player Fg-a Ft-a TP
Taylor Lightfoot 3-6 4-7 12
Shaye Warman 6-15 3-4 18
Lacy Casteel 0-4 3-5 3
Angie Smith 0-1 0-0 0
Shelby Abrams 1-5 2-2 4
Amanda Utt 0-1 3-4 3
Brooke Hall 1-3 0-0 2
Totals: 11-35 15-21 42
Player Fg-a Ft-a TP
Natosha Hiner 2-7 3-4 7
Megan Hiner 3-11 1-2 7
Sabrina Hatfield 4-8 4-4 12
Jocelyn Sturgill 3-4 0-0 6
Danielle Altman 5-6 3-4 13
Kaelee Kuhn 4-7 0-0 12
Brittany Brown 1-1 0-1 2
Megan Chew 0-0 0-0 0
Totals: 22-44 11-15 59
3-pointers: K – Kuhn 4-6. T – Lightfoot 2, Warman 3.
Turnovers: K – 16, T – 16.
Rebounding: K – 28, Tri 15.
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