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Junior Varsity Boys Use 23-4 Run to Defeat Jackets, 46-30
February 4, 2009 - Morristown was able to keep the game close for one quarter, but the Knightstown boys junior varsity basketball team methodically pulled away for a 46-30 win on the Yellow Jackets’ home court Saturday night.
Morristown had no answer for an intense defensive game by the young Panthers, who also saw offensive productivity from eight different players in the blowout win.
The Yellow Jackets got off to a good start against a Knightstown squad that came out sluggish and turned the ball over eight times early in the game. Lane Fields scored the first five points for the Panthers, but Morristown responded with a couple of rebound baskets and a trey to lead 9-5 with 1:36 to play in the opening frame.
Despite being down four points early, the Panthers would eventually build a 22-point lead with dominating play on both sides of the ball. A bucket by Jacob Taylor and four straight points from Danny Ortman completed a quick 6-0 run to put the Panthers up 11-9 after one quarter. Ortman scored his sixth straight point to make it 13-9 and Knightstown never trailed again.
Morristown did close the gap to 15-14, but Joey Wyatt’s three-pointer launched the Panthers on a 23-4 run. Two free throws by Lucas Hochstedler and a rebound basket by Ortman put Knightstown up 22-14 at the half, completing a 17-5 run over seven minutes. At that point Ortman had eight of his team-high 11 points.
Knightstown blew the game open with a 14-4 third quarter run. Anthony Forshey got things going in the second half with a trey, and after a Yellow Jacket bucket, Wyatt hit Aaron Forshey with a nice pass for an easy two. Taylor then knocked down a three-pointer, and suddenly it was 30-16 and the run had been extended to 25-7.
Ortman canned a three-pointer and then Taylor drew back-to-back offensive fouls against Morristown with great inside position. Aaron Forshey then scored on a great pass from brother Anthony, completing the old-fashioned three-point play that put the Panthers up 36-18 after three quarters.
Knightstown got two buckets from Taylor in the fourth quarter, as well as field goals from Fields, Chris Mefford and Lucas Hochstedler, to complete the scoring. At one point in the final frame the Panther lead was 46-24. Morristown hit two late three-pointers to close the gap to the final 16-point margin.
Ortman was high-point man with 11, getting those during the first three quarters. He also had a team-high nine rebounds. Taylor scored nine points, Fields added seven, both of the Forshey twins scored five, Hochstedler added four, Wyatt scored three and Mefford added two.
Wes Hammer, Brandon Carrender and Nolan Hall also played in the game. The boys will be in action Friday night at home against Blue River, and travel to North Decatur Saturday.
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