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By David Sharp
Knox County sank shots and made progress handling the basketball during a 54-26 Lewis and Clark Conference girls’ basketball win over Westran. The December 17, 2021 win saw the Lady Eagles jump out to a 9-2 lead on the strength of two Brianna Miller home run balls after Abby Becker sank a trey for the first three points of the night.
Knox County reeled off a 7-0 run to a 16-9 lead after one period of play. Westran scored six straight points prior to the KCHS burst. Dylan Perry drained a Lady Hornet three, tying the game at nine all with four minutes remaining in the opening period.
A closely played second quarter ended with Knox County holding a 26-24 lead. The Lady Eagles handled the ball better in the second half. The Lady Eagles led 38-30 after three quarters.
Knox County (2-6) held Westran to 12 points defensively in the second half. Brianna Miller scored a game high 25 Knox County points. Savannah Schrage put in 13 points. Jen Hinkle scored eight points. Abby Becker put in five points. Kambryn Miller scored two points. Elainia Pullium added one KCHS point.
Dylan Perry led Westran (1-9) with 20 points. Maci Crutchfield scored seven Hornet points.
“We are getting a better understanding,” Knox County coach James Dent said. “There are still times our spacing is a bit off. There are still micro stoppages. It is like we want to see a result before we figure out where to go next.”
“We did handle the full court pressure better,” James Dent said. “This team is on our level. That is going to help some. But I feel like this is going to make us tougher. I feel like it is going to give us confidence.”
“I feel like we can improve. We shot the ball very well from three in the first half,” Coach Dent said. “I am especially proud of the way we played when we had to protect a lead. We don’t really have enough (players) to practice that.”
“We are starting to get a better understanding of what we are trying to accomplish in situations. I am super proud of them.”