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 JV Boys Crush Greenfield 46-34

February 13, 2008 - Knightstown’s boys junior varsity basketball team continues to prove that the future of Panther basketball is in good hands. Last Thursday night the JV jumped out to an early start and easily defeated the host Greenfield-Central Cougars 46-34.

Knightstown jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Greenfield made the game interesting in the fourth quarter after the Panthers had extended their lead to 14 points. The Cougars managed to trim the margin to six points a couple of times, but Knightstown refused to let this one get away.

The Panthers took a 14-6 lead after one quarter when Travis Titus and Anthony Forshey nailed first period three-pointers. Lane Fields scored a pair of buckets and Jordan Hauk added one that allowed the Panthers to take the eight-point lead.

The second quarter was fairly sloppy, with Greenfield unable to handle the Panther defensive pressure. Fields hit two more buckets and Hauk added two free throws in the second frame. The Cougars scored two points in the second stanza and Knightstown’s lead was 20-8 at the half. At that point, Fields had as many points as the Greenfield team.

Greenfield cut the lead to 20-12 early in the third quarter, but Anthony Forshey answered with a trey, Hauk hit a 15-foot jumper and Aaron Forshey knocked down two free throws to extend the lead to 27-14. Aaron scored again inside and the Panthers led 30-18 after three quarters.

An inside bucket by Fields made it 32-18 before the Cougars began a run to get back in the game. The Panthers helped them by turning the ball over three times, and Greenfield was suddenly down just 32-26 with 3:53 to play in the game.

Mefford sank a couple of free throws, but the Cougars answered again to make it 34-28. Hauk then turned in an improbable play when he missed a long three-pointer, but hustled for secure the rebound and get a clutch bucket.

After another Lane basket, Greenfield came right back to make it 38-32 with 2:11 to play. That’s when the Panthers closed the door with an 8-0 run to end the game. Hauk hit two free throws, and Fields scored on a nice move inside. Fields came right back with two more free throws, and Titus followed that with a nifty inside move that made it 46-32. A late Cougar field goal closed the scoring.

Fields led the balanced Panther attack with 14 points. He got six of those down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Hauk also hit for double figures with 10 points, while Anthony Forshey scored eight points on two three-pointers. Mefford and Titus each had five points and Aaron Forshey scored four.

The win improved the junior varsity’s record to 14-3 on the season. They will be in action this weekend at Waldron Friday night and at home Saturday against Hagerstown.

 

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