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By David Sharp
Knox County (6-5) held Palmyra to four points defensively during the fourth quarter of their January 12, 2021 varsity girls game at Palmyra, erasing a one point deficit with a 15-4 run to a 38-28 win.
Palmyra had an off night at the free throw line. Knox County played defense without putting the Panthers on the free throw line. The Lady Panthers went 2-6 from the stripe on the night.
Palmyra made 11 field goals compared to 14 for the visiting Lady Eagles. Knox County went 7-9 from the free throw line. Palmyra led 18-17 at intermission. The Lady Eagles handed their second year coach James Dent a victory over the outstanding Clarence Cannon Conference basketball program he coached in for more than ten years in the fourth quarter.
Rylie McKinney led Palmyra with nine points. Taytum White added six Panther points.
Riley Strange led all scorers with ten points. Daniela Dooley and Kaitlin Campbell scored eight points each. Alyssa Peavler scored six points. Kylee Woods scored four and Kinsley Johnson added two points.
“Obviously I wanted to win that game,” Janes Dent said. “It felt pretty special. I coached in both the boys and girls programs there. I still live there. I am a part of that community.”
“We not only beat them in the (Highland) Tournament, but we went into their house and beat them,” James Dent said. “We could honestly say our first victory wasn’t a one on, we were legitimately a better team. I got to see some of mold acquaintances. I had a little swagger. I enjoyed that.”
“It’s not about me. It’s about the players,” Coach Dent said. “They were super excited. I’m so happy for them that there getting what I call these quality wins.”