Who: Knoxville (14-5) vs Chariton (9-6)
What: Class 3A - Region 3 - Quarterfinal
When: Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
Knoxville is 21-2 against Chariton since 2007. Both matchups with these two SCC foes were competitive this year with the Panthers winning 52-42 at Chariton and 45-36 at home a couple of weeks ago.
By the numbers
Knoxville is 1-3 when scoring 40 points or less, 5-0 when scoring 59 or more points and 6-3 in games decided by single digits. Chariton is 4-6 when scoring less than 50 points and a perfect 5-0 when scoring 50 or more. Chargers are also 3-4 in games decided by single digits. Knoxville’s Maggie Wilkins ranks second in Class 3A with 24.9 points per game. She also ranks first in field goals attempted (18.8), free throws made (5.9), second in field goals made (8.6) and free throw attempts (7.7) per game. Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
One key player for Knoxville
Tara Uitermarkt will have a tough assignment defensively in this one. She will likely be going up against one of the better bigs in the SCC in Avery Hall. The 5-foot-11 junior forward is averaging 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this year for the Chargers. Chariton was a plus-10 on the glass in the most recent meeting with 16 offensive rebounds. Uitermarkt will not only have to defend the paint against Hall but she will also need to box out and attack the glass to make sure they only allow one shot per possession. Secondary is always going to be big with Knoxville with teams keying on Wilkins. Uitermarkt had 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the first game and four points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in the second. The Panthers will need another strong showing from her in this one.
Keys for Knoxville
Attack the glass and limit turnovers. Limiting second chance opportunities for Chariton will be important. Wilkins and Dunkin defensively at the top of the zone should limit Chariton’s Emma Rector and her unlimited three-point range but it also could create long rebounds for the Chargers. Expect Wilkins to remain aggressive and pick her spots when to take control on offense. Secondary scoring with Uitermarkt, Dunkin and Marley McKay will be huge to force the Chargers to ease their pressure on Wilkins, who remains to be a threat to drop 30 points on any night. It’s hard to beat the same team three times in a row in the season, the Panthers will be going for that on Saturday night.