Kieren Nichols

Kieren Nichols gets close to the basket to launch a shot against the Chariton Chargers on Friday, Dec. 13. Nichols as you can see draws the attention of the Chariton defense, but it didn’t matter he still scored 33 points for the Panthers.

The Knoxville Panthers took their act on the road and they came away with two more league victories last week.

Knoxville beat the Clarke Indians 79-49 Tuesday, Dec 10 and they followed it with a solid 66-44 victory over the Chariton Chargers.

The two games marked the start of league play for Knoxville and Coach Jeff Larson.

The Panthers stand at 2-0 in the league and at 2-1 overall.


Against the Indians the Panthers held quarter leads of 23-14, 47-19 and 70-37 en route to the 30 point win.

Kieren Nichols and Spencer Hixon were a strong one-two punch offensively. Nichols finished with 20 points and Hixon added 21.

Hixon was 5-of-6 from three-point range while Nichols was 3-of-3 from long distance.

Alex Eckert and Ben Olson also came up big for the Panthers with nine points apiece.

Luke Keitges chipped in five points, Keegan Cox and Mike Greubel each hit for four.

Cox was strong on the boards with nine rebounds and Nichols pulled in five.

Nichols added to his all-around performance with five assists and two steals.

Cox added three assists and three steals.


The Chargers fell to 1-3 with the home court loss. Jackson Curnutte had 16 points for Chariton.

Nichols popped in 33 points as he continues to blister the nets in leading the Panther offense.

Hixon was next in line with 12 points followed by Olson with nine and Eckert with four.

Hixon was the board leader with 12 while Olson chased down seven. Olson and Hixon each added four assists for the night.

There weren’t many free throws, but the Panthers were efficient hitting 5-of-7.

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