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 Hagerstown Wins Knightstown Girls Sectional Title; Lady Panthers Lose Semifinal to Lakes, Lady Tigers 52-39

February 18, 2009 -  With all-state junior center Katelyn Lakes hitting from everywhere on the floor, Knightstown’s Lady Panthers could find no answer and fell to the highly-ranked Lady Tigers, 52-39, in the semifinal round of the sectional Friday night.

Lakes finished with a game-high 21 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked five shots. She also nailed down three timely three-pointers and dominated the game both inside and out.

Knightstown stayed close with the Lady Tigers through the first half, although the Lady Panthers could hit just 5-of-17 field goals in the first half. But an 11-5 third quarter run by Hagerstown extended a five-point halftime margin to 11, and the closest Knightstown could get down the stretch was six points.

Despite shooting just 2-of-8 from the field in the first quarter, Knightstown got four points from Megan Hiner and trailed just 9-8 after one quarter. Danielle Altman and Jocelyn Sturgill both hit two free throws. The Lady Panthers were 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the first half after hitting just 16-of-35 the sectional game before against Shenandoah.

Megan Hiner came back with a three-pointer early in the second frame that gave the lady Panthers their last lead of the game at 11-9. The first half featured six lead changes and ties on three occasions.

Brittany Brown was another main reason why the game was close in the early stages. She was tightly guarding Lakes inside and eventually forced the 5-11 center away from the paint. But Brown went to the bench with 3:24 left in the opening period after picking up her second foul. Lakes scored on a three-point play on Brown’s second foul, but that was all she got in the opening quarter.

Danielle Altman then took over guarding Lakes, and again chased the Tigers’ leading scorer outside to the perimeter. But Lakes used a screen to get inside and scored on a rebound basket to make it 11-11.

Lakes then used another screen the next time down and drilled a three-pointer that put Hagerstown in the lead for good. She hit another three-pointer for her ninth straight point and Hagerstown suddenly led 17-11. She was 3-of-4 from three-point range in the second quarter alone.

Megan Cruse scored on a nice feed from Megan Hiner, but Lakes struck again with her third straight trey and 11th straight point to increase the margin to 20-13. Sabrina Hatfield responded with a pair of free throws and an inside bucket to trim the margin to 22-17 at the halftime break. At that point Lakes had 14 of the Lady Tiger points.

Things started to get out of hand for the Lady Panthers in the third quarter when Hagerstown scored five quick points and Brown was called for her third and fourth fouls in the first two minutes. Megan Hiner countered with four points and Hatfield added a free throw, but the Lady Tigers built a 33-22 lead with eight minutes to play.

Kaelee Kuhn and Jocelyn Sturgill both picked their fourth fouls in the first few minutes of the last period as Knightstown usually appeared one step too slow for the Lady Tigers.

Hagerstown’s lead kept bouncing from eight to 10 points until Megan Hiner scored inside and then stole the ball, hitting a lay-up that cut the margin to 37-31 with 4:02 to play. Hatfield and Natosha Hiner both traded buckets with Hagerstown as the margin remained at six points, 41-35, inside two minutes of game clock.

But Knightstown went 0-for-5 from three-point range in the fourth quarter and Hagerstown was able to close out the game’s last two minutes with an 11-4 run, including hitting nine free throws in the final frame.

Megan Hiner finished with a team-high 18 points for Knightstown. Sabrina Hatfield scored nine points, Sturgill had six, while Altman, Cruse and Natosha Hiner all had two.

Knightstown closed its season with an impressive record of 15-6, including two losses to the sectional champion Lady Tigers. The Lady Panthers won nine of their last 10 games.


Score By Quarters

Hagerstown 9 22 33 52

Knightstown 8 17 22 39

Hagerstown (52)

Cox 1 1-2 3, N. Rueter 3 2-2 9, Huffine 1 7-10 9, Markley 0 0-0 0, Lakes 8 2-5 21, Johnson 2 0-0 4, L. Rueter 2 2-3 6.

Totals: 17 14-22 52.

Knightstown (39)

Brittany Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Natosha Hiner 1-3 0-0 2, Megan Hiner 7-16 3-5 18, Haley Cruse 1-1 0-1 2, Danielle Altman 0-3 2-4 2, Kaelee Kuhn 0-5 0-0 0, Jocelyn Sturgill 1-1 3-4 6, Megan Chew 0-0 0-0 0, Sabrina Hatfield 2-3 5-6 9.

Totals: 12-32 13-20 39.

3-pointers - H 4 (Lakes 3, N. Rueter); K 2 (M. Hiner, Sturgill).

Turnovers - H 10, K 12.

Fouls - H 19, K 23.

Fouled out - Kuhn.



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