It is getting to be a normal ocassion for coach Jim Uitermarkt and the Knoxville Lady Panthers to once again roll through the South Central Conference without a loss as they claimed the league title. Tuesday, Feb. 4, they steam rolled Albia 60-33 and Thursday night they finished the run with a victory at Davis County.
In the Albia game, the Panther defense was sharp as the Panthers were able to hold the Lady Dees to less than 10 points in three of the four quarters. And it all started when Knoxville zoomed out to a 22-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Maggie Wilkins led the charge with three breakaway baskets and three free throws, Katie Keitges added a pair of buckets and three free throws and Marley McKay put down a pair of baskets.
In the second quarter things slowed, but the Panthers still held a 12-9 edge which was good for a 34-15 lead going into intermission. Keitges and Wilkins each had a triple in the frame and Emma Dunkin and Charlee Heffron each found the bottom of the net.
The Panthers took a commanding 52-20 lead into the final eight minutes with an 18-5 third quarter advantage. Tara Uitermarkt started the quarter with an inside three point play and Keitges had a three from behind the arc. Wilkins added a pair of buckets off the drive and Melanie Sullivan ended the period with a shot from the base line.
Albia won the fourth quarter 13-8, but it was too little, too late as the Panthers were already in the winner’s circle.
“We are happy where we are,” Knoxville coach Jim Uitermarkt said. “But this was probably our worst offensive game of the year. We have had a lot of sickness and it is hard to be at your best when you are not feeling well. We were not our usual selves in transition tonight and we would have liked to have played better. Our bench gave us some big minutes and that helped. We are 17-1 and we wanted a winning record against non-conference opponents which we have done.”
Keitges led the Panthers with 22 points and Wilkins added 16 points and six assists. Uitermarkt topped the rebound chart with eight and McKay was the steal leader with four.
Knoxville scoring – Maggie Wilkins 6 3-4 16, Marley McKay 3 0-0 6, Charlee Hefferon 1 0-0 2, Tara Uitermarkt 2 1-3 5, Emma Dunkin 2 1-2 5, Katie Keitges 8 3-3 22, Melanie Sullivan 2 0-0 4, Team 24 8-13 60. Three point goals (4) – Keitges 3, Wilkins 1.
Knoxville rebounds (37) – Uitermarkt 8, Keitges 7, McKay 5, Heffron 4, Dunkin 4, Wilkins 3, Larissa Wells 1, Norah Pearson 1.
Knoxville steals (10) – McKay 4, Uitermarkt 2, Keitges 2, Heffron 1, Wilkins 1.
Knoxville assists (13) – Wilkins 6, Keitges 4, Dunkin 1, Uitermarkt 1, Heffron 1.