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 JV Boys Earn Weekend Sweep, Now 16-3 on Season

February 20, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team received clutch performances from several players down the stretch to defeat Waldron Friday night, 45-41. Saturday night, the Panthers improved to 16-3 on the season by soundly defeating Hagerstown 49-25.

The Waldron game was a close one from the onset, with the Panthers leading just 9-8 after one quarter. They increased that margin to 21-16 at halftime, and led 28-23 after three quarters.

Freshman Lane Fields scored five of Knightstown’s first quarter points. Buckets from Aaron Forshey and Jordan Hauk enabled the Panthers to take the 9-8 lead after six minutes.

The lead changed several times early in the second quarter. Anthony Forshey scored on a fast-break bucket when he hit a lay-up after a nice feed from Travis Titus. Waldron responded with a pair of free throws to lead 14-13 at the 3:40 mark.

Another fast-break basket by Anthony Forshey was followed by a bucket by Nick Hochstedler. That gave Knightstown the lead and Hauk scored on another fast-break lay-up moments later.

The Panthers opened up a 19-16 advantage when Anthony Forshey scored his sixth point of the quarter. Titus hit a pair of free throws and Knightstown went into the half leading 21-16. Hauk scored three points, while Fields and Drew Martin each added a bucket as the Panthers maintained a five-point lead through three, 28-23.

Waldron made a quick early run in the fourth quarter and tied the game. A three-pointer was followed by two free throws, and the score was knotted up at 28-all with 4:23 to play. The Panthers had missed their first four shots of the quarter. Two free throws just 20 seconds later put the Mohawks ahead 30-28, completing a 7-0 run that appeared to put the Panthers on their heels.

Knightstown coach Justin Linch called a time out and settled his team down. That worked, because the Panthers scored 17 points over the game’s final four minutes.

Hauk nailed a couple of free throws to tie the game, and seconds later stole the ball. He hit a fast-break lay-up that gave the Panthers the lead they would never relinquish.

A rebound basket by Anthony Forshey upped the Knightstown lead to 34-30, and Lane scored inside on a great pass from Hauk. That capped an 8-0 run and gave the Panthers a six-point lead.

Waldron hit a trey, but Anthony Forshey sank two free throws and Lane scored again off a great pass from Hauk to make it 40-33 with 1:22 left in the game. Waldron wouldn’t go away and sank another trey to cut the lead to 41-38.

Titus then drove inside and was tackled on the play, crashing to the floor. Although there was no intentional foul called, Titus nonetheless made the Mohawks pay by hitting both free throws.

Waldron came right back with their third three-pointer of the quarter, pulling to within two points at 43-41 with 18 seconds left. Knightstown worked the ball before the Mohawks fouled Fields. He calmly dropped in both free throws to ice the game.

Fields scored seven points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 14. Hauk had another great all-around game with 11 points, while Anthony Forshey scored 10 points. He and twin brother Aaron were both a defensive nemesis for the Mohawks, coming up with multiple steals and clutch rebounds.

Titus scored four points and hit four-of-four free throws, while Martin, Hochstedler and Aaron Forshey added two points apiece.

 

Knightstown was never threatened in this game, jumping out to an early lead and putting it to the visitors from the onset. The Panthers opened up a double-digit lead in the first quarter and the Tigers were never able to climb back in the game.

A three-pointer by Colby Lane gave Knightstown a nine point lead at 13-4, and Lane came right back with a 15-footer that made it 15-4. A Hagerstown bucket cut the lead to nine, but two free throws by Travis Titus gave the Panthers a 17-6 lead at the end of one quarter.

Hagerstown never got the margin inside double figures the rest of the game. Lane’s five straight points, combined with three from Anthony Forshey and buckets by Drew Martin, Jordan Hauk and Lane Fields put the Tigers in the corner just six minutes into the contest. Seven Knightstown players scored in the opening quarter alone.

The Panthers kept the pressure on in the second quarter. Hauk, who led all scorers with 16 points, exploded for seven in the second stanza. Hauk nailed a trey, and Lane followed that with another three-pointer. Titus hit inside, and Nick Hochstedler scored with a rebound basket. Hauk came up with a steal and subsequent lay-in that put the Panthers ahead 29-10.

Hauk scored again off a nice pass from Titus, and the junior varsity led 31-13 at halftime.

After Hauk hit three-of-four free throws the lead was expanded to 36-15 before the Panthers got sloppy, missing seven consecutive shots. That let the Tigers go on a mini-run to cut the lead to 36-19. Aaron Forshey stole the ball and fed Danny Ortman, who hit one free throw, and the Panthers led 37-19 after three quarters.

After a Tiger bucket made it 37-23, Knightstown went back to the earlier game plan. Anthony Forshey knocked down a trey and Titus hit Lane with a nice pass for an easy two. Hauk then scored on another nice pass from Anthony Forshey and the 7-2 run upped the lead to 44-25.

Hagerstown failed to score in the last 3:50 of the game as Aaron and Anthony Forshey scored two more points apiece to cap the offensive output.

Hauk had a team-high 16 points and Lane hit double digits with 11. In all, 10 of the 11 Panthers who played in the game scored. Anthony Forshey tallied eight points, Titus had four, while Fields, Hochstedler, Aaron Forshey and Martin scored two apiece. Chris Mefford and Ortman added one point each.

The junior varsity will complete their season Friday night when they host Rushville. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

 

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