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Panther girls fall to Indians in season opener

C-T Staff Report

UNION CITY — The Knightstown High School girls basketball team had to wait an extra four days to start its 2018-19 regular season because of a high school football game.

Scheduled to open the season last Friday at Union City, the Panthers saw their opening game moved back to Tuesday night because the Indians’ football team was hosting Monroe Central that night for the Class A Sectional 44 championship.

When the game was played Tuesday night, visiting Knightstown led through halftime, and the game was tied after three quarters before host Union City pulled out a 53-47 victory.

The contest also was the first Tri-Eastern Conference game for both teams.

Knightstown led at the end of the first stop 14-7 and at halftime 21-19. The teams were tied 29-29 after three.

The fourth quarter got super-exciting. Both teams were gunning for the hoop, with each team scoring almost half of their total points in the final period. The Panthers were on the losing side of that battle, as they were outscored 18-24 in that fourth quarter, accounting for the final score of 53-47 in favor of Union City.

The visitors ended up shooting 18-for 54 (33.3 percent marksmanship) from the field and 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line.

Leaders for Knightstown in the game were Sidney Vise with 13 points, five rebounds, an assist, and and two steals; Jessica Butler with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal;  Maggie Smith with seven points and two rebounds; Rena’ Witham with six points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and a steal; Emma Moore with five points, five rebounds, an assist, and a steal; and Kaitlyn Jackson with four points, four rebounds, an assist, and five steals.

In the junior varsity game, the Panthers fell behind 26-6 at the end of the first quarter and 42-7 by halftime and lost 60-24.

Leaders for Knightstown were Jasmine Happe with six points, two rebounds, two assists, and a block; Trinidie Newby with six points, two rebounds, and two steals; Jasmine Howery with three points, two rebounds, and took a charge; Emma Moore with two points and three steals; Rena’ Witham with two points, two rebounds, and two assists; Molly Cupp with two points, a rebound and a steal; Taeler Mayhew with two points and a rebound; and Katie Clark with a point, two rebounds, and a steal.

The Panthers continue to be road warriors the rest of this week, and the way doesn’t get any easier for them as they play at Class 2A No. 1 Winchester (last year’s Class 2A state runner-up) Friday night and venture to Hagerstown Saturday night for a big cat fight with the Tigers. Both of those contests also are TEC games.