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Junior High Girls Basketball Teams on a Major Roll; 7th Graders Beat Richmond, Lapel to Extend Winning Streak to Four Games
February 18, 2009 - Knightstown’s seventh grade girls basketball team is on a blistering pace, winning four straight games and doing so in convincing fashion. The young Lady Panthers clobbered Richmond Test 48-10 and knocked off a tough Lapel squad 24-20 to improve their record to 5-2 on the season.
The girls took Richmond out of the game in the early stages, bolting out to a 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Knightstown then shut down the Lady Red Devils in the second quarter with a 10-0 run, taking a 24-0 lead into halftime.
Coach Joe Patton played his starting five just six minutes in the game, going deep into his bench in the blowout win.
Casey Back scored six first quarter points and Jill Gross added four during the quick start for the Lady Panthers. Back ended up as the leading scorer with eight points, while Gross and Kayli Apollos both tallied six markers.
Emily Thomas, Patty Jones, Ciara Kline and Lydia Peterson all scored four points. Casey McDowell had three assists, while Kiersten Hammer scored two points and came up with a team-high seven steals.
The Lady Panthers started the game slowly, leading just 6-4 after one quarter. But a 12-3 run in the second quarter opened up an 18-7 halftime lead. The margin was still comfortable at 23-14 through three frames before Lapel made a fourth quarter run to close the gap.
Knightstown did not hit a shot in the fourth quarter, but held on for the 24-20 victory.
Emily Thomas led a balanced attack for the Lady Panthers with 10 points and was the lone player in double figures.
Katie Kortz scored four points, while two points apiece were registered by Jill Gross, Hannah Morgan, Ciara Kline and Casey McDowell. Thomas had a team-high six rebounds. McDowell and Kayli Apollos grabbed five boards apiece.
The girls played at Morristown Tuesday night and travel to Eastern Hancock on Thursday. The team will make up a snowed out contest against Shenandoah on March 5, and that is the only remaining home game for the Lady Panthers.
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