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Girls Clip Mohawks 66-63
February 11, 2009 - Knightstown’s girls varsity basketball team received a tremendous boost from sisters Megan and Natosha Hiner last week in a 66-63 win over Waldron. The win was the eighth consecutive for the Lady Panthers, who ended their regular season with a 14-5 record.
The Hiners were virtually unstoppable in the game, which Knightstown won by coming back from a four-point deficit to win with an 18-11 fourth-quarter scoring flurry.
The Hiner sisters combined for 42 points, 11 steals, seven rebounds and three assists in the game. Sophomore Megan led the team with 23 points, and also had eight steals, five rebounds and two assists in a tremendous game.
Senior Natosha Hiner had her best shooting night of the season and perhaps the best since her sophomore year. Natosha drilled 8-of-11 field goals, including both of her three-point tries, and scored a season-high 19 points. She also added three steals and two rebounds.
During the Lady Panthers’ eight-game winning streak, Natosha has averaged 10 points per game. Prior to the winning streak, she averaged just 6.8 points per game.
Megan has scored 138 points during the winning streak, an average of 17.2 points per game. Before the Knightstown string of eight straight wins, she had averaged 14.2 per game.
Junior Danielle Altman is another player who has stepped up her game during the last eight Lady Panther outings. Altman has scored 41 points and pulled down 52 rebounds during the winning streak, increasing her averages in both categories.
Altman was also a key figure in the victory over Waldron, as she hit double digits with 10 points and also pulled down four clutch rebounds. She was 3-of-4 from the field and hit all four of her free throw attempts.
Sabrina Hatfield had another consistent game against Waldron with seven points and five rebounds. Freshman Kaelee Kuhn scored three points and had a team-high three assists, while Jocelyn Sturgill and Megan Chew both tallied two points.
Knightstown trailed Waldron 17-16 after one stop, and the host Lady Mohawks increased that to 36-34 at the half. Waldron’s lead was stretched to 52-48 after three quarters. The Lady Panthers then went on an 18-11 scoring run in the fourth quarter to pull out the tight victory.
Knightstown put its eight-game winning and season on the line Tuesday night at home against Shenandoah in the first round of the girls Class 2A basketball sectional. The winner of that game was expected to play Hagerstown in the second round.
The sectional games ended after The Banner’s deadline.
BY THE NUMBERS
Score By Quarters
Knightstown 16 34 48 66
Waldron 17 36 52 63
Player Fg-a Ft-a TP REB
Brittany Brown 0-1 0-0 0 1
Natosha Hiner 8-11 1-3 19 2
Megan Hiner 6-13 10-14 23 5
Danielle Altman 3-4 4-4 10 4
Kaelee Kuhn 1-6 1-2 3 0
Jocelyn Sturgill 1-3 0-1 2 1
Megan Chew 1-1 0-0 2 1
Sabrina Hatfield 2-6 3-4 7 5
Totals: 22-45 19-28 66 19
Assists: K – 10 (Kuhn 3, M. Hiner 2, Sturgill 2)
Steals: K – 16 (M. Hiner 8, N. Hiner 3, Altman 2, Kuhn 2)
3-point field goals: K – 3 (N. Hiner 2, M. Hiner 1)
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