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Lady Panthers Dispose of Frankton in Semifinal, 67-45
February 14, 2007 - After a slow start in which they missed 11 of their first 13 shots, Coach Dawn Basicker’s Knightstown Lady Panthers exploded with a 20-4 run and cruised to a 67-45 victory over Frankton in the Sectional 41 semifinals.
The Lady Panthers couldn’t buy a bucket in the early minutes against the Eagles, and trailed 7-3 just over two minutes into the game. After Knightstown started the game hitting just 1-6 from the field, senior Quila Beckenbaugh started righting the ship with a driving lay-up and a pair of free throws that tied the game.
Frankton would never lead again. Natosha Hiner ripped her second three-pointer of the opening quarter to put Knightstown ahead for good, and the Lady Panthers never looked back.
By the time the first quarter concluded, the Lady Panthers were ahead 23-11 and had completed a 20-4 run. Several bench players got into the act when Basicker made a lineup adjustment that turned the game around.
After Frankton had cut the lead to 14-11, Sabrina Hatfield picked up her second foul and went to the bench. But that didn’t hurt Knightstown, as Basicker went to a four guard lineup, and the overall speed proved too much for the Lady Eagles.
Jocelyn Sturgill swished the nets from 15 feet, and then Gabby Forshey stole the ball and scored on a lay-up. Those plays were followed by Diana Trautmann getting nothing but net on a trey. Seconds later Kendra Kopp stole the ball and fed Forshey for another fast break lay-up, punching the lead to 23-11. Knightstown received six quick points from non-starters in the quarter, and would get a 19-point lift from bench before this game was over.
Knightstown’s girls came out quickly again in the early stages of the second quarter, stretching their lead to 28-11. Sturgill scored on a Sportcenter highlight-reel pass from Trautmann, completing a three-point play in the process. Kopp then stole the ball and hit Forshey for another fast break bucket to up the lead to 17 points.
But Frankton went on an 8-0 run, and closed out the first half with a 16-5 run to pull within 33-27 at halftime. During that 11-point turn-around, the Lady Panthers didn’t do a lot right, and Hatfield was whistled for her third foul of the contest.
The key to Knightstown’s success against Frankton could be found in the turnover department. The Lady Panthers committed just three first quarter miscues, but turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter.
Knightstown quickly re-established the momentum early in the third quarter, when Kopp made another great pass for Sturgill for an easy two. Kopp then drove the lane and hit a soft touch bank shot for two more. Forshey then assisted on two straight baskets by Hatfield and Hiner, and the Lady Panthers were back on top by 12 at the third quarter break.
Seven different Lady Panthers scored in the fourth quarter when the team went on a 19-9 run to finish off the Eagles.
Hiner led Knightstown with 17 points, and the team got great games from Beckenbaugh and Kopp. Beckenbaugh finished with seven points, but grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and had 10 steals. Kopp ran an effective floor game, passing out eight assists and scoring four points.
Hatfield scored 10 points despite being hampered with foul trouble from the first quarter on. Trautmann hit for eight points, while Forshey had six points and four assists.
Sturgill was a force inside when Hatfield went to the bench. She finished with 11 clutch points. Breanna Eoff and Cassandra Hammer scored two apiece.
The win enabled the Lady Panthers to advance to the championship game of Sectional 41 for the first time in the Basicker coaching era.
Hatfield 5 0 10, Kopp 2 0 4, Beckenbaugh 2 3 7, Trautmann 3 1 8, Hiner 6 3 17, Gross 0 0 0, Forshey 3 0 6, Cruse 0 0 0, Sturgill 5 1 11, Eoff 1 0 2, Hammer 0 2 2.
Totals: 26-60, 10-12, 67
Leisure 9 3 21, Hamilton 3 0 8, Shively 2 1 5, L. Hendricks 2 1 5, Seeger 2 0 4, W. Hendricks 1 0 2, Crooks 0 0 0, Hynes 0 0 0.
Totals: 19-50, 5-14, 45
3-point field goals: (K) Hiner 2, Trautmann 1. (F) Hamilton 2
Rebounds: K 42 (Beckenbaugh 13), Frankton 28.
Turnovers: Knightstown 22, Frankton 28.
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