Maggie Wilkins

Maggie Wilkins used her quickness to out race everyone on the court for a loose ball as the Panthers beat the Centerville Redettes on the road 67-45. Both teams were unbeaten entering action on the court.

The matchup Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Centerville against the Knoxville Panthers was for first place in the South Central Conference.

Coach Jim Uitermarkt’s Knoxville Panthers made it a one sided affair as they rolled to a 67-45 win over the Redettes.

Knoxville snapped Centerville’s 5-game winning streak with some solid defense and an up-tempo offense.

Senior Katie Keitges was the ring leader for the Panthers. She posted some unbelievable numbers. Not only did she lead the way in scoring with 28 points, but she also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds, added five assists and three steals.

Sharing the offensive spotlight with Keitges was junior guard Maggie Wilkins. She popped in 25 points, grabbed six boards, had four steals and four assists.

Tara Uitermarkt and Marley McKay each added four points. Uitermarkt was big on the boards with eight and she tossed in three assists.

Charlee Heffron, Emma Dunkin and Melanie Sullivan all finished with two points for KHS.

There was probably some major icing of elbows, shoulders and wrists as the Panthers launched 72 field goal attempts overall. They hit 25 of them for 34.7 percent shooting.

The Panthers had eight offensive rebounds in the game.

Centerville was 18-of-52 shooting for 34.6 percent.

At the foul line the Panthers hit 9-of-12 while the Redettes were only 8-of-16.

While the Panthers improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the South Central, the Redettes fell to 6-4 and 4-1 in the SCC.

Coach Uitermarkt replied, “We rebounded right with Centerville and that made a big difference. With their size they typically get lots of points off of offensive rebounds.”

Odds and Ends

The Panthers have some big games coming up. Friday, Jan. 17, the Panthers will host Clarke on Knoxville Athletic Hall of Fame Night at the school.

Four individuals will be inducted into the hall of fame, Graham Fee, Brian Hiemstra, Elizabeth (Haning) Hadler and Mike Stults.

The following week, Jan. 25, the Panthers will host Chariton for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer event, which has proven to be one of the best fundraising events for the organization nationwide.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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