KNOXVILLE — The girls normally in home whites switched those jerseys out for home pinks as Knoxville hosted their annual Coaches vs Cancer Night on Friday night with the Panthers taking on Chariton. The Panthers overcame an up and down performance to defeat the Chargers, 45-36.
The girls in pink got off to a good start with a 7-0 run behind a pair of steals and layups from Maggie Wilkins and an old-fashioned three-point play from Emma Dunkin.
Both defenses would make it tough as Knoxville held a 10-4 lead after one quarter.
Chartion would play the better second quarter as an 8-2 run behind steals and offense rebounds (16 offense rebounds on the night) helped the Chargers tie the game at 12 late in the second. Chariton would eventually take a 15-14 lead into the break all while getting limited time from talented forward Avery Hall, who picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and hadn’t played since.
Knoxville would retake the lead early in the third behind five quick points from Wilkins and nice putback by Tara Uitermarkt. The Panthers closed out the final six minutes of the third on a 11-4 run to build an eight-point cushion heading to the fourth.
Knoxville, who started to create several turnovers behind their 2-2-1 press, would snatch 17 steals on the night while the fourth was filled with Panther free throws as they were already in the bonus to start the final quarter.
Knoxville would go 12-of-24 from the line in the game but that was enough down the stretch to pick up the win.
Wilkins finished with a game-high 21 points while Dunkin added 10 points for the Panthers.
Knoxville (9-3, 6-1 SCC) now prepares for another SCC matchup when they travel to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (7-8, 4-4 SCC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.