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Junior Varsity Boys Hold Off Rushville, Complete Season at 17-3
February 27, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity boys basketball team waited until their last game of the season to play their most dramatic contest. In a game that went down to the wire, the young Panthers pulled off a 30-28 victory over Rushville, finishing the season with a very impressive record of 17-3.
The score was tied late in the game when the Panthers were struggling from the field. Knightstown had missed eight consecutive shots and allowed the Lions to rally in the final quarter to tie the game at 28-all.
Rushville had the ball on offense when the Lions called time out to set up what they thought would be one final play. Just 34 seconds were showing on the game clock.
The Lions started working the ball around the horn when Panther sophomore Jordan Hauk came up with a huge steal and launched a Knightstown fast break. Hauk hit fellow sophomore Aaron Forshey with a nice pass and Forshey scored on a tremendous move inside. He was fouled on the play, and Knightstown had regained the lead at 30-28 with 21 seconds left in the game.
Although Forshey missed the free throw, Rushville was unable to get off a high-percentage shot and lost just for the fifth time this season. The Lions’ junior varsity finished with a 15-5 record.
Hauk, who finished with a team-high 13 points, had knocked down a three-pointer with 5:10 left in the game to give the Panthers a 28-23 lead. But Knightstown would go nearly five minutes without scoring, missing eight consecutive shots and allowing the Lions to get back in the game.
The game was close from the onset. Knightstown managed just two field goals in the first quarter when they Panthers committed six turnovers. Aaron Forshey and Hauk both hit fielders and Drew Martin added a free throw, but that was all the offense Knightstown could muster. They trailed 6-5 after one quarter as the two teams, who entered the game with a combined record of 31-7, were both playing aggressive, belly-up defense.
Danny Ortman scored on a nifty pass from Anthony Forshey that put the Panthers up 7-6, and after a Lion bucket, Chris Mefford hit two free throws to make it 9-8. The lead see-sawed back and forth after Travis Titus scored on a lay-in and Aaron Forshey hit one free throw.
Knightstown went up 14-12 on two free throws by Hauk, but Rushville countered with a pair of freebies that tied the game up at halftime.
The Panthers made their strongest statement in the third quarter, when Hauk scored six points, Anthony Forshey hit a trey and Martin scored inside. The Panthers never trailed in the second half after Titus stole the ball and fed Hauk inside, who was fouled. He hit both free throws. Moments later Hauk scored on a nice pass from Martin, and Martin followed that with a bucket on a nice feed from Lane Fields. Anthony Forshey hit Hauk inside for two more and Knightstown had scored three straight buckets on great passes to the open man.
That gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the game at 22-16 with 3:29 to play in the third quarter. Knightstown tied that lead when Titus came up with another steal and got the ball to Anthony Forshey, who was left wide open and drilled the three-pointer. Knightstown was up 25-19 at that point, and led 25-21 after three quarters.
After Hauk’s trey made it 28-23, the Panther offense went into the freezer and the team missed eight straight shots before pulling out the win.
Hauk finished with a team-high 13 points. Aaron Forshey had five, while Martin and Anthony Forshey had three each. Titus, Ortman and Mefford scored two points apiece.
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