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 Girls Advance By Routing Shenandoah Again, 46-37

February 18, 2009 -  After defeating Shenandoah for the first time since 1995 during the regular season, Knightstown’s Lady Panther basketball team knocked the eight-time defending sectional champions out of the state tournament with a 46-37 first round victory in the sectional last week.

Coach Dawn Basicker’s team made it two straight over their rivals by taking control of the game with a dominating third quarter run that erased a five-point halftime deficit and created a nine-point lead.

Knightstown didn’t do a lot right in the first half and Shenandoah did little wrong. The Lady Raiders led early 10-2, and were up 12-7 after one quarter. Sloppy play by the Lady Panthers enabled Shenandoah to hold on for a 16-11 halftime advantage.

But Knightstown erupted for a 22-8 third quarter run and bolted out to a 33-24 lead after three quarters. Despite horrendous shooting (15-41, 0-9 3-pointers) from the field and the free throw line (16-35), Knightstown’s defensive pressure was able to provide the clutch plays. The Lady Panthers came up with 13 steals, including four from Megan Hiner and three apiece by Natosha Hiner and Jocelyn Sturgill. Knightstown also forced 24 Shenandoah turnovers and committed just 12.

There were just three total lead changes in the game. Knightstown led 2-0 and then again at 19-18, never letting Shenandoah smell a potential win again.

Megan Hiner led the Lady Panther attack with 13 points, hitting 9-of-10 free throws. But the rest of her teammates combined for just 7-of-24 from the foul line.

Natosha Hiner tallied 12 points, hitting on 5-of-8 from the field. Sabrina Hatfield scored seven points and had seven rebounds, but was an uncharacteristic 1-of-6 from the charity stripe despite hitting 83 percent of those shots coming into the game, a team best.

Freshman Kaelee Kuhn scored four points, but misfired on six of her eight free throw attempts, well below her season average as well. Senior Jocelyn Sturgill and sophomore Brittany Brown both scored four points and Danielle Altman added two points and six rebounds.

BY THE NUMBERS

Shenandoah 12 16 24 37

Knightstown 7 11 33 46

Scoring

Shenandoah (37)

Eller 0-1 0-0 5, Starks 4-11 1-2 12, Fites 3-8 0-0 7, Forman 3-5 0-0 6, Vetor 0-0 0-0 0, Pierce 0-2 0-0 0, Pittsford 1-4 3-4 5, Cooper 1-1 0-0 3, Goff 0-0 0-0 0, Stephens 0-0 0-0 0, Harless 1-1 0-0 2, Lyons 1-1 0-0 2.

Totals: 14-35 4-6 37.

Knightstown (46)

Natosha Hiner 5-8 2-5 12, Megan Hiner 2-10 9-10 13, Brittany Brown 2-2 0-1 4, Danielle Altman 0-1 2-4 2, Kaelee Kuhn 1-6 2-8 4, Jocelyn Sturgill 2-5 0-0 4, Sabrina Hatfield 3-6 1-6 7.

Totals: 15-41 16-35 46.

3-pointers: K – 0-9. S – 5 (Starks 3, Fites, Cooper).

Turnovers: K – 12, S – 24.

 

 

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