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Panthers Have Road Test at Waldron, Host Hagerstown
February 13, 2008 - Recently, the Knightstown Panther varsity boys basketball team has done what the rest of the Class 2A Sectional 42 field didn’t want them to do. They have been showing signs of growing up.
Last Thursday’s 69-59 win over Greenfield-Central was the third win in five games for the Panthers. But more importantly, the win was against a quality opponent on the road. Despite having just a 3-14 record, the Cougars did not expect to lose at home to the Panthers. Greenfield-Central’s rating in the dependable Jeff Sagarin system was higher than any team in the Class 2A Sectional 42 field except Eastern Hancock, and Knightstown won the game convincingly with a very powerful second half.
Friday night the Panthers travel to Waldron for an expected tough match-up against the Mohawks, who are 9-7 on the season and have won three of their last four games. Waldron is 6-1 at home this season. Saturday night the Panthers host Hagerstown, who has struggled the season with a 1-13 record, but lost to Class 4A Connersville by just 12 points last weekend.
“We’ve got to get better defensively,” Panther coach John Howell said. “I have felt like the last two games we’ve gotten lazy on defense. Greenfield didn’t take advantage of that, but we can expect other teams to use it against us. We’ll have to play better because Waldron is a very competitive team and Hagerstown has some big guys inside.”
Shortly after playing this weekend’s two games, the Panthers will find out who they are paired against in the Class 2A Sectional 42 tournament. The IHSAA will conduct the annual boys tournament drawing Sunday night.
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