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7th Grade Boys Crush New Castle 30-10
January 23, 2008 - Knightstown’s boys seventh grade basketball team picked up wins over New Castle, Eastern Hancock and Cambridge City Lincoln. The boys lost to Rushville in a tough game 24-18.
Coach Todd Roberts saw his young Panthers pounce on New Castle early in a convincing 30-10 victory.
Knightstown led 11-0 after one quarter, and increased that to 17-3 at the half. The Panthers blew the game out in the third quarter, upping their advantage to 20 points at 27-7. Roberts cleared his bench and the final score was 30-10.
Tommy Masters led a balanced attack with six points. Andre Loveall, Dakota Smucker, Jared Souder, Lane Olsheske and Anthony Peck all scored four points for the Panthers.
The seventh graders didn’t waste any time in disposing of Cambridge City Lincoln last week. Knightstown bolted out to a 9-0 lead after one quarter, but then lost their focus and allowed the Golden Eagles to get back into the game. Knightstown failed to score in the second quarter and Lincoln cut the lead to 9-5 at the half. But the Panthers put up an eye-rubbing 18 third-quarter points and led 27-9 after three quarters.
Jared Souder led the Panthers with eight points. Andre Loveall scored seven, while Dakota Smucker, Tommy Masters and Lane Olsheske all had four apiece.
Another dominating second half by Knightstown proved too much for Eastern Hancock. The Panthers had taken a 9-2 first quarter lead, but the Royals responded with a 15-point second quarter and cut the lead to 18-17 at the half.
But the Panthers outscored the Royals 23-6 over the final two quarters. The Panthers turned that close game into a 27-20 lead after three periods, and then went on a 14-3 run over the game’s final six minutes for the easy win.
Dakota Smucker hit double digits with 11 points to lead the Panthers. Jared Souder added eight, while Justin Mann scored seven and Andre Loveall had five.
Knightstown fell behind early to Rushville and could never recover. The Lions jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead, and increased that to 20-6 at the half.
The Panthers were able to trim just one point off that deficit in the third quarter, still trailing 22-9 entering the final frame. But the team went on a nice run and outscored the Lions 9-2 over the final six minutes.
Jared Souder and Lane Olsheske both had six points, while Dakota Smucker scored five.
The Knightstown boys will be in action again Thursday when Hagerstown visits. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
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