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 Peterson, Gross Lead 7th Grade Girls to Wins Over Doe Creek, Tri

February 11, 2009 -  Knightstown’s seventh grade girls basketball team clobbered Doe Creek and Tri last week to improve their record to 3-2 on the young season.

Coach Joe Patton’s girls were merciless in blasting Doe Creek 49-2. Patton played his starters only about one-third of the game as Knightstown took an 18-0 lead after the game’s first six minutes. By halftime the lead was 34-0.

Doe Creek managed a single free throw in the third quarter to avoid a shutout, but the Lady Panthers had already extended their lead to 43-1 at that point. Lydia Peterson led a huge effort by the Knightstown bench, scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds. Katie Kortz scored six points and grabbed five rebounds, while Kayli Apollos had two points and six rebounds.

Ciara Kline scored two points, dished out three assists and had three rebounds in an all-around outstanding effort. Hannah Morgan also had three steals.

Jill Gross scored 10 of her game-high 11 points in the first quarter to lead the Knightstown outbreak that put the game away early. Patty Jones then scored six points in the second quarter, while Doe Creek was being held scoreless. Kortz scored four of her six points in the third quarter and Peterson had four points in the final frame.

As a team Knightstown recorded 11 assists in the game.



The Lady Panthers implemented an aggressive man-to-man defense that forced numerous Lady Titan turnovers and set the stage for another early-game blowout. Knightstown came up with an eye-rubbing 20 steals in the contest.

The Lady Panthers bolted out to another big early lead, shutting out another opponent in the opening quarter. Knightstown led 7-0 at the first stop and increased that to 18-4 at halftime. The girls held Tri to just two points in the third quarter and led 26-6 heading into the final frame.

The Lady Panthers finished the game with eight assists and knocked down 15 field goals.

Patty Jones scored four of her six points in the second quarter, and Ciara Kline hit a bucket at the buzzer to close the third quarter and increased the Knightstown lead to 20 points.

Jill Gross was high-point player with nine markers. Casey Back scored seven points, Jones had six, Emily Thomas tallied five, while Hannah Morgan, Kayli Apollos, Kline and Katie Kortz each scored two. Lydia Peterson had one point, while Thomas and Back each grabbed four rebounds. Casey McDowell and Kiersten Hammer provided a great defensive spark for the team by aggressively trapping the ball handler and diving for loose balls.

The girls host Richmond Test Middle School today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. and travel to Morristown on February 17.



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