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7th Grade Lady Panthers Take Two Games, Extend Winning Streak to Six
February 25, 2009 - Knightstown’s seventh grade girls basketball team continues to get balanced scoring and great team play as they extended their winning streak to six games with a pair of blowout wins over Morristown and Eastern Hancock.
The Lady Panthers allowed the Lady Yellow Jackets just three points in the entire game on their way to a 32-3 blowout win. Knightstown came out running in the opening frame, pulling away to an 11-1 advantage after just one quarter.
Casey Back scored six points in that opening stanza, already putting enough offense on the board to eventually win the game for Knightstown. Jill Gross and Emily Thomas both scored four points in the second quarter and the Lady Panthers extended their margin to 24-3 at halftime.
Morristown did not score over the game’s final 12 minutes.
Back ended up high point person for the Lady Panthers with nine. Kayli Apollos scored five, while Gross and Thomas both added four, which they picked up in the second period. Coach Joe Patton emptied his bench in the second half and Knightstown extended its lead to 30-3 after three quarters.
Casey McDowell scored three points, while Hannah Morgan, Katie Kortz and Lydia Peterson all added two. Ciara Kline capped the scoring with a free throw. Back had three assists and Knightstown assisted a teammate on nine of the 13 field goals.
Patton had his girls utilize a full-court, man-to-man press that the Lady Royals couldn’t respond to in rolling to a convincing 45-13 win. The victory improved the girls to 7-2 on the season and was their sixth consecutive victory.
Knightstown came out quickly again in this one, rolling to a 16-2 first quarter lead. They increased that to 24-4 at halftime, and then extended it further to 36-6 heading into the final period.
Jill Gross go the team off to that fast start by scoring nine of her game-high 13 points in the opening stanza. Kayli Apollos and Patty Jones both scored six points, while Casey Back had five. Emily Thomas and Lydia Peterson each tallied four markers, Ciara Kline scored three, while Casey McDowell and Kiersten Hammer had two points apiece.
Thomas pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and Apollos had four. Gross collected five steals and Hammer had four thefts.
The girls traveled to Greenfield Tuesday night and visit Benjamin Rush Middle School in Rushville tonight (Wednesday). The seventh grade tournament is this weekend at Shenandoah.
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