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Second Half KC Rally Comes Up Short
By David Sharp
Less than desirable Knox County shooting combined with a very solid Schuyler County girls club combined for a 53-41 Tri-Rivers Conference Lady Ram home win. Knox County (10-11, 2-4) sank nine of 47 scoring attempts from the field. Six of the made KCHS baskets came in the second half.
Knox County was able to get the scoring opportunities they wanted for the most part, but could not get the ball through the cylinder. Schuyler County (15-6, 2-2 in the conference) jumped out to a 13-2 lead after eight minutes. The Lady Rams outscored Knox County 11-4 in the second quarter for a 24-6 half time lead.
The Lady Eagles buckled their chinstraps and came out firing in the third quarter. Amber Ausmus found her three point range twice during a 19 point third quarter. Older sister Katie Ausmus drained a Knox County three ball.
Knox County rained down seven three point shots all in the second half. The Lady Eagles trimmed the home team’s lead to 36-25 after three quarters of basketball.
Tessa Ramer and Myra Parrish continued their long range bombardment in the fourth quarter. Parrish tossed in a three point trifecta. The Lady Eagles cut a fine Schuyler County team’s lead to seven points at one juncture.
Schuyler County sank nine fourth quarter free throws, securing their 53-41 win. The Lady Rams were 9-15 from the charity stripe. Knox County connected on two of the four free throw awarded in the contest.
“We came out and looked like we were in slow motion on both ends of the basketball court in the first half,” said KCHS coach John Weaver. “I told the girls that we have to play 32 minutes, four quarters of basketball. Tonight we played two quarters. We came out and battled in the second half.”
“The deficit was too much for us to be able to come back at the end,” said Weaver. The Lady Eagles had only nine turnovers, most coming in the first half. Knox County worked the ball for their points. The Lady Eagles had 13 assists as a team. Knox County pulled down 29 team rebounds, 17 on the offensive end.
Jackie Roberts scored a game high 12 Lady Ram points. Tahnee Poe scored ten points. Stephanie March scored nine points and Tara Verkuilen added eight points.
Schuyler County is seeded fifth in a murderous Class 3 District at Palmyra. Top ranked South Shelby sits on top of the girls bracket. The Lady Rams play Macon in the first round.
Knox County played without starting point guard Stacey Leckbee who is expecting delivery of a protective mask. Leckbee suffered a probable broken nose against Brashear diving for a loose ball. The collision was with one of the Knox County players.
Lorrie Peters scored nine points and grabbed 14 Knox County rebounds. Myra Parrish scored nine points and had two assists. Tessa Ramer scored five points along with four assists. Amber Ausmus scored seven points and three assists.
Katie Ausmus scored five points with three rebounds. Amanda Woods scored four points and Becca Mallett added two. Knox County concluded their 2007-08 conference campaign hosting Putnam County at their Court Warming.