Knox County Wins Girls Conference Showdown With Milan
By David Sharp
Knox County went on a seven point third quarter spurt, transforming a 22 all tie to a 46-38 Tri-Rivers Conference victory over Milan. The win boosted Knox County’s overall varsity girls record to 11-5, 5-0 in the conference.
Lorrie Peters led the Lady Eagles with 19 points and 20 rebounds. Milan standout Carly Bohle suffered an apparent ankle injury in the third quarter. Bohle was unable to play effectively after the injury and finished with 19 points.
The Lady Eagles worked their guests over in the lane. Becca Mallett scored 13 points with four rebounds. Knox County pulled down 43 team rebounds on the night. Milan freshman center Andra Sylvester was shut out of the scoring column.
Milan (12-3, 1-1) did a better job at the free throw line, scoring ten of their 38 points on the charity stripe at Knox County. The Lady Eagles well could have cost themselves a chance at an unbeaten conference title with a five of 14 performance at the free throw line.
“If we wanted to win the conference, we knew this was a big one. Especially at home,” said Eagle coach John Weaver. “The second half was the difference. We held them to 16 points and got our offense going. Lorrie (Peters) and Becca (Mallett) really stepped up for us. That was the difference in the ball game.”
“We stepped it up on defense in the third quarter,” said John Weaver. “We were getting good shots on offense. The difference was we made those shots in the third quarter. We had good ball movement. We didn’t shoot free throws very well. We were 1-10 in the fourth quarter.”
“If it would have been a closer game it could have got ugly. With four seniors out there, we found a way to get it done.” Milan guard Giovanna Caponetto was in double figures for the Lady Wildcats with 11 points.
Kathleen Hinkle scored six points for Knox County. The Lady Eagle interior players scored a total of 38 points. Hannah Dale and Hannah Strange scored three KCHS points each. Katie Ausmus added two points and six rebounds. Stacey Leckbee dished out three assists.
The Lady Eagles turned the ball over 17 times and shot 34% overall from the field.