Knoxville has been a team that seems to struggle in the first half before coming out my aggressive and energized in the second half this year.
That was the case Saturday as Coach Jeff Larson’s squad trailed the Chariton Chargers at home 23-21 at the intermission break.
In half number two the Panthers stepped it up to gain a rather convincing 58-38 win over the Chargers.
The win puts the Panthers at 7-0 in the league and at 10-3 overall.
In the third quarter the Panthers beat Chariton on the scoreboard 17-9 and the fourth it was a 20-6 advantage for Knoxville.
Chariton fell to 5-8 with the loss.
Kieren Nichols was his steady self with 27 points, hitting 12-of-22 field goals and leading the team in assists with four and steals with five.
Freshman Luke Keitges had his best overall game of the year with 18 points. He was 4-of-10 from 3-point range. He also latched on to six big rebounds.
Mike Hudson, Ben Olson and Spencer Hixson each pulled in a team high seven rebounds for the Panthers.
Hudson had two points, Olson six and Hixson five.
Chariton had one player in double digits on the night for the Coaches vs. Cancer event. Hitting double digits was Hunter Koehn with 10 while Carson Rector finished with nine.
Chariton struggled shooing the ball hitting just 14-of-49 field goal attempts for 28.5 percent.
Odds and Ends
The Panthers will face Albia in a makeup game Thursday, Jan. 31 and play Centerville Friday, Feb. 1. Both SCC games will be at home.
Albia as of Tuesday had only one loss in league play. So, the contest will be for control of the South Central Conference.