By David Sharp
Canton (2-2) jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter lead in December 4, 2007 non-conference girls’ basketball play at Canton, resulting in a 59-29 Lady Tiger win. Knox County turned the basketball over 20 times in the first half, contributing to a 41-13 halftime deficit.
Knox County went through a four minute scoreless stretch during the second quarter. Canton reeled off a 23-8 second period run.
The Lady Eagles (1-1) played better in the second half. Canton outscored their guests 18-15 during the final two quarters. The clock ran by the Missouri Mercy Rule during the fourth quarter. Canton held a 59-26 lead after three periods of play. The Lady Tigers were seeded second in the Moberly district last season and return all their key players.
"We knew we would have to step our game up from our win at Paris," said Knox County coach John Weaver. "Canton plays at a whole other level. They can play the outside game and the inside game. We came out and fought back better inn the second half. In the end, they were just bigger, stronger and faster than we were."
"You just learn from your mistakes and move forward," said Coach Weaver. Knox County limited their second half turnovers to five. Lorrie Peters scored a game high 16 Knox County points and pulled down ten rebounds. Knox County sank only three of 11 free throws on the night.
Jessie Stout scored six KCHS points. Katie Ausmus scored five points and recorded three steals for Knox County. Becca Mallett added two points and Tessa Ramer stole the ball three times.
Tori Niemann led Canton with 14 points. Kristy Caldwell was in double figures for the Lady Tigers with 11 points. Standout guard Danielle Caldwell scored eight points. Returning all district center Lindsey Lillard scored eight points.