By David Sharp
Knox County forced 35 Milan turnovers during a January 22, Tri-Rivers Conference girls' game at Knox County. The Lady Eagles improved to 7-8 overall on the season and 2-3 in the conference with a 58-29 victory. The rebuilding Lady Wildcats (2-13, 0-2) were limited to 18 rebounds on the night.
Knox County led 11-9 after one period of play. The Lady Eagles got their ball pressure defense going in the second quarter. Knox County reeled off a 16-5 run and led 27-14 at the half. Knox County is averaging 12.5 steals per contest.
Knox County started off the game with a 6-26 shooting slide.
The Lady Eagles held Milan under double digits as a team in each quarter. Knox County out scored Milan 31-15 in the second half. Ten different Knox County players scored, led by Lorrie Peters with 15 points. Tessa Ramer was in double figures with ten KCHS points.
"We take a lot of pride in our defense," said Knox County coach John Weaver. "The kids have really responded to everything we have asked them to do. You know that when you give 100% in practice for two hours it's going to carry over into the games."
Carly Bohle tied Lorrie Peters for game scoring honors with 15 Milan points. The Lady Wildcats sank ten of 16 free throws during the contest. Knox County had an off night at the charity stripe, sinking nine of 20 attempts.
Jessie Stout and Amanda Woods scored seven KCHS points each. Amber Ausmus scored six second half points. Myra Parrish, Katie Ausmus and Becca Mallett scored three Lady Eagle points each. Caley Palmer and Stacey Leckbee added two Knox County points each.
"I'm really happy with the way our young team has stepped up in these last four or five games," said Coach Weaver. "We have played beyond our years."