The girls decked out in pink were at the top of their game Saturday night as the Knoxville Panthers held their annual Coaches vs. Cancer event at the Knoxville High School.
The guests were the Chargers from Chariton High School.
Chariton hung around against the Lady Panthers in the first quarter, then it was all Knoxville the rest of the night in a 69-29 South Central Conference win.
Knoxville was up 21-15 at the end of the first quarter.
Quarter number two the Chargers couldn’t buy a bucket and the Panther defense took over.
In the second stanza the Panthers out scored their counter parts 22-0 to take a commanding 43-15 advantage.
Maggie Wilkins, a junior, came up big with 27 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. She also had three steals and a team high four rebounds.
Panther senior leader Katie Keitges popped in 16 points and led the team in steals with four and in assists with seven.
Emma Dunkin contributed eight points and three steals for Knoxville. Tara Uitermarkt totaled seven points, Melanie Sullivan had four, Larissa Wells five, Norah Pearson and Marley McKay each had one point.
Knoxville improved to 13-1 for the season as they won their sixth game in a row. The last setback was Jan. 3 against Bondurant-Farrar.
Chariton slipped to 5-8 for the season. The Chargers had 11 points from Sophie Swarthout and 10 from Emma Rector.
There was a nice size crowd on hand for the festivities. As Knoxville traditionally puts on what amounts to the best Coaches vs. Cancer event in the State year after year.
The Panthers now stand at 7-0 in the South Central Conference.