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8th Grade Girls Win 2, Now 5-1 on Year
February 11, 2009 - Knightstown’s eighth grade girls basketball team improved its record to 5-1 on the season with a Monday night victory over Lapel and a win over Tri last week.
Coach Cary Ellis saw his girls get off to a slow start against the Lady Bulldogs Monday night. But the young Lady Panthers turned things around and pulled away from Lapel for a 21-10 victory. Knightstown had earlier whipped Tri in a tough battle, 24-20.
The Lady Panthers won both games despite playing without leading scorer and starting point guard Morgan McRoberts, who suffered a concussion against Doe Creek and has been out of action for more than a week.
Lapel shut the Lady Panthers down in the first quarter, holding Knightstown scoreless while they took an early 3-0 lead. But the girls turned the game around by putting up 12 points in the second quarter and pulling ahead for good. Knightstown led 13-8 entering the fourth quarter and outscored Lapel 8-2 over the game’s last six minutes.
Maddy Smith and Lauren Shields led the Knightstown attack with eight points apiece. Both girls drilled two three-pointers apiece. Libbie Fender had five points and led the team with nine rebounds, while Shields had a team-high seven rebounds and also a team-high six steals.
Fender and Erin Bundy were cited by coach Ellis for their outstanding defensive efforts, forcing several jump ball situations with heads-up play.
Ryanne Loveall hit two clutch free throws in the waning seconds to seal the game and propel the Lady Panthers past Tri 24-20.
Allison St. John scored the first four points of the game for Knightstown, and then was injured and forced to leave the contest. Her teammates picked up the slack as Lauren Shields scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds.
Knightstown led 11-2 after one quarter, but Tri came back to tie the game at halftime at 14-all. The Lady Panthers pulled back into the lead at 19-16 through three quarters and then held on for the win.
St. John finished the game with six points, while Maddy Smith had two points and six steals. Ryanne Loveall had two points and five rebounds, Libbie Fender had a team-high six boards, while Erin Bundy and Samantha Kuhn scored two points apiece.
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