KNOXVILLE — In their final regular season home game, the Panthers of Knoxville made sure to lock in defensively as they rolled to a 59-31 win over Martensdale-St Marys on Monday night.
The Panthers moved well at the top of their zone and played tall in the paint as those stops turned into easy buckets on the other side of the floor. A transition layup from Emma Dunkin capped a 10-2 run from Knoxville to start the game as they eventually finished the first quarter with an 18-6 advantage.
Scoring was harder to come by in the second quarter while Knoxville also got into some foul trouble that would send the Blue Devils to the free throw line. The Panthers would see their lead shrink to 25-17 heading into halftime.
Knoxville made the neccessary adjustments coming out of the break as they got back-to-back traditional three-point plays from Tara Uitermarkt and Dunkin to start the second half.
The two teams were even the rest of the third quarter as Knoxville held a 14-point leading going into the final quarter.
Knoxville slammed the door shut in the forth quarter as they outscored MSM 17-3 in the final frame to get the 28-point victory.
Maggie Wilkins, who crossed 1,500 career points in the game, was active on both ends of the floor with deflections and steals to go along with a game-high 20 points for Knoxville. The Panthers also got a great effort from Dunkin, who finished with 19 points of her own. Uitermarkt was tough inside and knocked down a couple of outside shots for 13 points.
Knoxville (14-4, 10-2 SCC) wraps up regular season play on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Fairfield (8-5).
*Knoxville stats were not available at time of print