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JV Panthers On a Roll at 16-3
February 25, 2009 - Knightstown’s junior varsity boys basketball team continues on a tear, getting wins over Waldron and Hagerstown last week to improve their record to 16-3.
The boys outgunned Waldron Friday night 51-22, and last Wednesday went to Hagerstown and picked up a 46-43 victory.
Waldron was no match for the Panthers in their final home game of the season. Five different players knocked down field goals in the first quarter and the team jumped out to a 15-7 lead. That margin expanded to 26-12 at the half and was 37-17 after three quarters.
Knightstown scored seven points in the first 90 seconds to send a clear message to the Mohawks that this would be a long night. Danny Ortman quickly hit a lay-up off of the game-opening tip, and Joey Wyatt stole the ball and fed Aaron Forshey for two. Anthony Forshey then drilled a three-pointer to make it 7-0 with 4:20 still to play in the opening quarter.
Waldron managed a free throw, but Knightstown got four points from Lane Fields, two more by Anthony Forshey and another bucket by Jacob Taylor.
Lucas Hochstedler and Nolan Hall came in off of the bench and provided an immediate spark in the second period. Hochstedler scored six straight points inside, and Hall knocked down a three-pointer and dished out two quick assists as the Panthers pulled ahead 26-12.
Fields scored four more points in the third frame and Ortman hit a trey and free throw as the Panthers expanded their lead to 37-17. Taylor scored six more points in the final quarter and Hochstedler struck for four more as Knightstown pulled away for the 29-point victory.
Hochstedler played sparingly but the Mohawks had no answer for the big man. He led the Panthers with 10 points and had four rebounds and two blocked shots. Fields just missed a double-double, getting eight points and pulling down 10 boards.
Ortman and Taylor both had eight points, Anthony Forshey scored seven, Aaron Forshey had three points and five rebounds, Hall tallied three markers, while Chris Mefford and Wes Hammer scored two apiece. Wyatt had four steals and four assists, while Brandon Carrender had two assists.
Knightstown opened up a five-point halftime lead and then held off the Tigers to get the win. The Panthers led 9-8 after one quarter, and extended that to 26-21 at the half.
Lane Fields scored four first quarter points, Nolan Hall hit for three and Chris Mefford added a bucket. Knightstown then went to its inside game in the second period as Lucas Hochstedler scored six points and Chris Mefford added four more. Danny Ortman hit a three-pointer and Hall and Jacob Taylor added buckets as the Panthers erupted for 17 points in the second frame.
Fields scored four points in the third frame and the Panthers got two apiece from Aaron and Anthony Forshey to maintain the five-point margin. Fields scored four, Ortman three, Anthony Forshey two and Hochstedler one point in the final stanza.
Fields was the lone Panther in double figures with 12 points. Hochstedler scored seven, Ortman and Mefford had six apiece, Hall scored five, Aaron and Anthony Forshey both had four and Taylor scored two.
The junior varsity team will complete its season Friday night at Rushville.
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