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It's Now or Never For Panthers, Sectional Field
March 4, 2009 - Coach John Howell’s Knightstown Panther basketball team has made great strides over the course of the season. A team that stood 5-7 at one point this year put together a seven-game winning streak and finished with a 12-8 mark, which is second to only Centerville in the sectional field of eight teams.
The late-season surge has positioned the team as one of the favorites to take the title. But the Bulldogs, Eastern Hancock and Shenandoah all are also considered teams to beat this season. For every squad in the sectional, it’s now or never.
Hagerstown (6-13) squared off against Cambridge City (9-10) and Northeastern (6-14) battled Eastern Hancock (11-9) on Tuesday night. Tonight (Wednesday) Knightstown plays Union County (9-12) in the 6 p.m. game, followed by Centerville (13-7) against Shenandoah (9-11) in the second game.
Knightstown already owns a 69-56 win over Union County early in the season, but in that game the Patriots led 42-38 after three quarters. The Panthers scored a season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a deceiving win. The 31-14 run in the fourth quarter was the most dominating eight minutes of basketball the team played this year.
Should the Panthers win, they will go up against the survivor of the Bulldog-Raider match-up, which promises to be a good one as well. Centerville defeated Shenandoah in overtime earlier this season.
The Royals already own a 70-43 win over Northeastern this season, and have also beaten Cambridge City and Hagerstown. The Royals should advance to the sectional finale on Saturday.
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