Knoxville led 19-0 early and they coasted from there to gain a huge 71-36 win over the Davis County Mustangs Tuesday, Dec. 17 at home.
Four Knoxville players had five points or more for the Panthers in the first quarter, Maggie Wilkins, Marley McKay, Tara Uitermarkt and Katie Keitges.
Wilkins would go on to lead the offense for the night with 25, 14 of them in the first half.
Keitges was next in line with 20 points followed by Emma Dunkin with nine, McKay seven and Uitermarkt with six.
Knoxville held commanding quarter leads of 27-5, 45-13 and 64-31 en route to the victory.
Hannah Schooley had 15 points for Davis County, only two of them at halftime. She hit four, 3-point goals in the third quarter.
The victory pushed the Panthers to 6-0 for the season and to 4-0 in the South Central Conference.
The Mustangs fell to 3-4 overall and to 0-3 in the league.
Panther Coach Jim Uitermarkt replied, “Davis County played two girls man to man on Katie and one on Maggie. Then two girls in a zone on the block. With a defense that we have never had thrown at us we were able to have our biggest offensive scoring quarter of the year with 27 points. We know we rely heavily on the playmaking ability of Katie and Maggie, but it was very encouraging to see that 15 of those 27 points came from other girls in that opening quarter, and even with double teams and face guarding, Katie and Maggie still combined for 12 in the opening quarter.”
The Panther defense shined as well.
“We shut out DC for the first 7 minutes of the game. Our defense and traps forced several DC turnovers that led to transition and we had great passing to get easy baskets. While I liked our offensive output, I am most pleased with our half court defense at this point in the season. If we can continue to hold our opponents in the low 30’s we will win most games.”
Knoxville won the battle of the boards 34 to 12. Davis County had 20 turnovers, 16 of them off Panther steals.
Wilkins was 11-of-14 shooting from the floor. Keitges had seven steals and seven assists.
Marley and Tara each had eight rebounds and Emma grabbed six.