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7th Grade Girls Knock Off New Castle, Now 1-2
January 28, 2009 - Knightstown’s seventh grade girls basketball team defeated New Castle and lost to Frankton and Union County, bringing their record to 1-2 on the young season.
The girls stopped the Lady Trojans 26-23 in a thriller. Jill Gross scored seven of her team-high nine points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Panthers rallied from four points down to win the game.
Emily Thomas scored six points for Knightstown and Kayli Apollos added four. Two points apiece were scored by Hannah Morgan, Ciara Kline and Kiersten Hammer. Thomas was the leading rebound with eight. Coach Joe Patton’s Lady Panthers won the game despite hitting on just 4-of-18 free throws, which allowed New Castle to hang around in the contest.
The Lady Panthers controlled the game from the onset, leading 10-8 after one quarter and 18-16 at the half. Knightstown’s lead grew to 27-22 in the third period before Union County hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to close the gap to 27-25.
The Patriots then completed a 12-6 fourth quarter rally to pull out the 37-33 win.
Again it was free throw shooting that hurt Knightstown, as the team managed to connect on just 3-of-16 from the charity stripe, and also committed 34 turnovers.
Jill Gross led the Lady Panther assault with 11 points and also handed out three assists. Casey Back added nine points, while Emily Thomas had four points and five rebounds.
Kiersten Hammer had three points, Patty Jones scored two markers and had four rebounds. Kayli Apollos scored two points and Casey McDowell had two points and grabbed four rebounds.
Frankton 30, Knightstown
In the season opener, the Lady Panthers lost to Frankton 30-19. The Knightstown girls went just 1-of-18 from the free throw line, and missed 18 shots that were taken from within three feet of the basket.
“Other than putting the ball in the basket I felt we played well for the first game,” coach Patton said. “We had very few turnovers, rebounded well and had the shots we wanted.”
Knightstown had fallen behind by 16 points, but rallied to come to within nine points late in the game.
Casey Back scored a team-high seven points, while Ciara Kline added six, getting all of her markers in the fourth quarter.
Emily Thomas was the top rebounder with nine, and Kayli Apollos had six boards. Jill Gross had 7 steals and 5 rebounds.
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