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Junior Varsity Closes Season With Good Run at Rushville
February 28, 2007 - Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team started strong and finished the same way, but it wasn’t enough against Rushville.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, and then faltered in the third quarter on their way to a 48-42 loss to the Lions in the last game of the season.
After Knightstown led early, 13-10, the Panther withstood a Lion rally and still held on to a 21-20 advantage at halftime. But Rushville went on an 11-3 run and outscored the Panthers 15-7 in the third quarter, taking a 35-28 lead.
The hosts scored the first six points of the third quarter to stretch their advantage to 41-28 with 4:16 to play in the game. Knightstown immediately went on a 14-5 run.
Jordan Back nailed three of four free throws, and Jordan Hauk canned two more to cut the lead to 41-33.
Two more free throws from Chris Mefford pulled Knightstown to within 41-35 with 2:55 to play. But the Lions responded with a couple of field goals to punch the lead back to 10.
Hauk came back with a fielder and a pair of freebies, and the Panthers had cut the margin to 45-40 with 32 seconds to play in the game.
After the Panthers forced a turnover with aggressive defense, they had two inside shots at the bucket, but could get neither to fall. Anthony Hibbert scored inside to cut the lead to 46-42, but the Lions were able to run the clock down and ice the game.
The Panthers took their early lead when five different players scored in the first quarter. Hauk scored four points, Colton Kinnaman nailed a trey, and Knightstown got buckets from Mefford, Back and Anthony Forshey to take their early lead. Hibbert nailed a pair of three-pointers in the second frame, but the Panthers went cold in the third quarter.
Hibbert finished with a team-high 11 points. Hauk scored 10, while Mefford and Back added seven apiece.
Despite the loss, the game was one of the better outings for the JV this season. Rushville used four juniors in the contest and had a considerable height advantage, but the Panthers battled back after falling behind by 13 points.
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