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8th Graders Lose to Rushville 42-39
January 9, 2008 - Knightstown’s eighth grade boys basketball team controlled the game most of the way, but faltered in the fourth quarter and lost to Rushville 42-39.
Coach Mel Matlock’s Panthers led at each of the first three stops and carried a 28-22 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Lions went on a 20-11 run over the game’s final six minutes to pull out the victory.
William Milton scored four points, Bobby Wyatt had three and Clay Ratliff two as the Panthers opened up an early 9-6 lead. Ratliff buried a three-pointer, while Milton and Wyatt added field goals that enabled Knightstown to take a 16-12 lead into the half.
Wyatt then poured in eight third quarter points and the Panthers put some space between the teams with a 12-10 run. That opened up a 28-22 lead.
But Rushville hit seven-of-10 free throws down the stretch and held Knightstown to just three field goals over the final six minutes to steal the home court win.
Wyatt led the young Panthers with 17 points and nailed five-of-six free throws. Milton also hit double digits with 11 points, while Ratliff scored five. Matt Newell added four points, and all came in the fourth quarter on a trey and one free throw. Jon Jordan scored two points.
The boys travel to Morton Memorial tonight (Wednesday) and play in the New Castle Tournament Saturday.
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