Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 9, 2014

Panthers close out 2013 with a strong 5-2 record

By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Journal Express

---- — The Knoxville Panthers carried a mark of 5-2 into 2014.

The Panthers sit at 2-1 in Little Hawkeye Conference play.

Knoxville has recorded wins over PCM (Monroe) 59-56, and Oskaloosa 49-31 at home.

Road wins were achieved at Grinnell 45-36, Centerville 50-34 and Chariton 58-41.

Coach Jim Uitermarkt’s squad has lost one game at home, Albia 44-43 and at Newton 60-47.

The team has had several different leaders throughout the season when it comes to scoring points.

In the win over PCM Ricki Hall pumped in 17 points and Meredith Cunningham chipped in 12.

Against Grinnell it was Cunningham with a team high 17 and Ashley Hawkshead with 14.

In the Centerville contest again it was Cunningham with 15 big points and Hawkshead with 10 points, eight boards and five assists.

Knoxville led the Redettes 27-21 at the half and extended the league each quarter to 39-27 and the final of 50-34.

In the win at home over the Oskaloosa Indians Hawkshead, Hall and Sierra Kendall each led the way with eight points for the night.

At Chariton the balanced scoring continued with Hawkshead hitting for 12, Hall and Cunningham both pumped in 10 points and Taylor Carter added seven.

Up to this point, the two losses have also been Knoxville’s lowest scoring affairs with 43 against Albia and 47 put up in the Newton affair.

Not ignoring the defensive side of the game, Knoxville has allowed only two teams to score over 45 points.

Odds and Ends

Through seven games Cunningham is the lone Panther averaging double digits scoring 11.9 per outing.

Hawkshead and Hall are next with 7.9 and 7.7 averages.

It is the balance that should prove to make the Panthers tough to beat the rest of the season.

The Little Hawkeye Conference race is already shaping up to be quite a dogfight.

Dallas Center-Grimes, the league newcomer is off to a 3-0 start in the league.

Knoxville, Newton and Grinnell are each 2-1 in LHC action.

Norwalk and Pella both sit at 1-1 in the LHC, while the defending league champions, Pella Christian opens 2014 at 1-2 in league play and Oskaloosa sits at 0-3.