KNOXVILLE — After suffering a bitter and disappointing loss at Clarke on Monday, the Panthers bounced back with a convincing 61-31 win over the Albia Lady Dees on the home court Tuesday night.
It was all about defense and the Knoxville “D” held the Dees to zero field goals and only two free throws in the first half as the Panthers built a 24-2 halftime margin.
“The team was really down after the Monday loss,” Panther coach Jim Uitermarkt said. “There was no energy in the locker room before the game, so we decided to create some energy. The plan was to make them play man-to-man defense all over the court. As the stops, the steals and the easy baskets off of turnovers began to happen, the energy we needed started to return. From that point we were able to get everybody involved in a big conference win.”
In that first half, Maggie Wilkins led the way with 11 of her 33 points for the night. Tara Uitermarkt and Marley McKay each had four points while Larissa Wells drained a three ball and Emma Dunkin canned a pair of free throws.
The Panthers were in cruise control for the second half as they coasted to a 40-17 lead after three quarters and finished the deal with a 21-14 fourth quarter edge.
Wilkins led the Panthers with 33 points and Uitermarkt, Wells and Dunkin each had six points. Dunkin, McKay and Brittany Bacorn each had five rebounds to lead the team on the glass while Dunkin dug out five steals and Wilkins dished out four assists.
The Panthers continue a grueling week with a non-conference game at Bondurant Thursday and they are back home for a SCC matchup with EBF on Friday.
Albia 2 0 15 14 - 31
Knoxville 13 11 16 21 - 61
Knoxville scoring (FG FTM-FTA Pts) – Maggie Wilkins 12 6-8 33, Marley McKay 2 0-0 4, Tara Uitermarkt 3 0-0 6, Ashton Finarty 1 0-0 2, Larissa Wells 2 0-0 6, Emma Dunkin 2 2-2 6, Charlee Heffron 1 0-0 2, Clara Heffron 1 0-0 2. Team 24 8-10 61. Three point goals (5) – Wilkins 3, Wells 2.
Knoxville rebounds (27) – McKay 5, Dunkin 5, Brittany Bacorn 5, Wilkins 4, Uitermarkt 2, Finarty 2, Ch. Heffron 2, Wells 1, Cl. Heffron 1.
Knoxville steals (14) – Dunkin 5, Wilkins 3, Bacorn 3, Mckay 1, Uitermarkt 1, Finarty 1.