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Herald photo by Jim Gries/Oskaloosa junior Brent Ford gets a shot off despite the defensive pressure by Knoxville’s Troy Husted in the first half of the ninth-ranked Indians’ 59-47 Little Hawkeye Conference victory Tuesday night.

KNOXVILLE — It’s one thing to force a lot of turnovers against an opponent. It’s another thing to convert those into easy points.

Oskaloosa, which came into the game ranked ninth in Class 4A in the latest prep poll, did both area quite well in taking a 59-47 contest from Knoxville in Little Hawkeye Conference action Tuesday night.

The Indians (9-2, 7-2 LHC) forced the Panthers into 19 turnovers with 22 points coming directly off 12 of those miscues which Knoxville never recovered.

Turnovers were the operative word early on as the teams had three of them on the first three possessions of the game. Oskaloosa’s Steven Staggs scored on a layup following the Panthers’ second turnover and Tyler Sash made it 4-0 after another Knoxville mistake.

Ben Clague took Knoxville’s first shot of the game with six minutes left in the period and made it to get the Panthers on the scoreboard. Wiebe Goodyk answered with a basket of his own and Tyler Alexander made it 8-2 with 4:46 left in the quarter.

Knoxville did get to within 12-10 late in the period on a pair of free throws by Josh Russell, but that would the closest it would get the rest of the way — thanks in part to the tenacious Oskaloosa defense.

“I thought our defense in the second quarter really picked it up, holding them to five points while we had 21 and got some separation,” Oskaloosa coach Jeremy Chamberlin said.

The Oskaloosa quartet of Sash, Goodyk, Staggs and Brent Ford sparked a 11-2 run that saw the Indians take a 23-12 lead with 3:27 left in the first half. Goodyk had a pair of field goals in the run and Staggs scored after he stole the ball from a Knoxville player midway in the period.

Sash capitalized on a pair of Panther turnovers, converting them into four quick points for a 29-15 advantage with 1:34 to go in the half.

Ford had an offensive rebound for a field goal and Sash fed Staggs with a pretty behind-the-back pass for a 33-15 lead at intermission.

The Indians upped the lead to 36-15 on a basket and a 3-pointer by Sash in the opening minute of the second half. They would keep the 20-point cushion for much of the third quarter before Knoxville would mount a comeback of sorts.

Cale Edwards scored on an offensive rebound and hit a free throw to complete a 3-point play. Jimmy Goff chipped in a free throw with 2.4 seconds left in the period to make it 49-31 at the quarter break.

Tyler Pearson got the Panthers going at the start of the fourth quarter by getting three field goals top make it 49-37 at the 4:48 mark. Sash ended the scoring drought for the Indians with a bucket and a pair of free throws, but Clague sandwiched Sash’s points with a basket for a 53-39 deficit with 3:55 left.

Knoxville did managed to make it a 57-47 game on a 3-pointer by Russell with 27.3 seconds left, but it was too little, too late for the Panthers.

While Chamberlin was happy to get away with the win, he wasn’t happy with the total performance of his team and was impressed how hard the Panthers fought to get back in the game.

“You’ve got to give Knoxville credit,” he said. “They come out in the second half and played hard. They kind of wanted it more than us in the second half and the fourth quarter. We got kind of lackadaisical and thought we could steal whenever we wanted to and Knoxville proved we can’t do that. Rebounding is all about heart, wanting it. They were down 20 and could have easily folded their tents, but they kept battling and wanting it more.

“Even we got the ‘W’, it’s not a good feeling in our guts right now.”

Oskaloosa has a tough task on Friday when it hosts Grinnell, ranked sixth in Class 3A, in another LHC battle.

Oskaloosa 59, Knoxville 47

Oskaloosa 12 21 16 10 — 59

Knoxville 10 5 16 16 — 47

OSKALOOSA (39) — Brent Ford 4 0-0 8, Steven Staggs 3 1-3 7, Tyler Alexander 2 1-4 5, Tyler Sash 9 8-11 27, Wiebe Goodyk 5 0-0 10, Joe Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Nick Anderson 0 0-0 0, Matt Bowie 0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 10-18 59.

3-point goal — 1 (Sash). Rebounds — 34 (Ford 11, Alexander 7, Staggs 6, Bowie 6). Steals — 16 (Sash 4, Goodyk 4, Staggs 3, Alexander 3). Assists — 17 (Sash 6, Staggs 3, Bowie 3). Block — 1 (Ford). Total fouls — 19. Turnovers — 20.

KNOXVILLE (47) — Tyler Pearson 5 1-3 11, Josh Kingery 2 1-3 6, Scottie Gray 3 2-0 10, Jimmy Goff 2 1-6 5, Ben Clague 4 2-3 10, Cale Edwards 1 1-1 3, Josh Russell 3 2-2 10. Totals 18-48 8-19 47.

3-point goals — 3 (Russell 2, Kingery). Total fouls — 19. Fouled out — Pearson. Turnovers — 19.


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