The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets scored nearly half of their points in the first quarter as the Panthers clamped down defensively to win the South Central Conference showdown 64-30.

Knoxville hosted the Rockets, who entered play just one loss behind the Panthers in the South Central Conference title chase.

The Panthers led 20-12 at the ed of the first quarter then it was the Panthers who soared high the rest of the night.

At halftime Knoxville was in charge 36-16 and quarter three showed the Panthers up 54-21.

Three Panthers spread the wealth offensively. Maggie Wilkins led the way with 21 points followed by Katie Keitges with 19, 16 of them coming in the second half and Emma Dunkin with a season best 16 points.

Rounding out the KHS offense were Marley McKay with three points, Norah Pearson, Tara Uitermarkt and Charlee Heffron each with two.

An 11-0 KHS run to open the third quarter put this game to bed early. It raised the lead to 47-16.

The continuous running clock was put into play in the fourth quarter.

The one-sided affair saw EBF struggle to score all night long. Rylee German was the lone Rocket in double digits as she hit for 14. Nobody else had over four points.

Victory put the Panthers at 14-1 overall and 8-0 in the South Central. EBF fell to 9-6 for the season and to 7-2 in the league.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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