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 Lions Will Be Sectional Tuneup For Panthers

February 25, 2009 -  When Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team plays Rushville Friday night, the team should get a pretty good idea of where it stands heading into Sectional 42 play next week.

The Lions are fresh off a Monday night 74-71 win at home against Centerville, which is one of the top teams in the Panthers’ sectional field.

Rushville will be one of the best teams Knightstown has played during the second half of the season, and likely better than anyone they have beaten during the current seven-game winning streak.

The Lions have much depth and are led by Spencer Coomer, Jon Thompson and Zach Coomer. That trio did in Centerville Monday, as Spencer Coomer went for 28 points and Thompson scored 16. Zach Coomer had 12 markers and D.J. West scored nine.

Rushville scored 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Lions like to put points on the board. The Lions won the game despite the fact that Centerville hit 10 three-pointers.

Rushville is 11-8 while playing against a difficult schedule. They are a Class 3A team. Knightstown and Rushville have played seven common opponents and the results have been almost identical. Both teams have lost to New Castle and Mt. Vernon, while the Panthers and Lions have both beaten Centerville, Morristown, Greenfield-Central, North Decatur and Blue River.

Knightstown lost to the Trojans and Marauders by an average of 12.5 points. Rushville lost to the same two teams by an average of 11.5 points. The Panthers beat those five teams by an average of 9 points, while the Lions beat the same five teams by an average of 11 points.

Knightstown is riding high on a seven-game winning streak. After losing four straight games against ranked teams, the Lions have won their last three. Over the last 15 years, Rushville has an 11-4 advantage over the Panthers.

Tip-off for the game Friday night is 7:30, following the junior varsity contest that begins at 6 p.m.

 

 

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