PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School Knights Boys Basketball team faced off against the West Preston Panthers on March 20.
The JV team put their defensive prowess on display as they held the Panthers to just nine points the first half.
Troy Webber, the seventh grade standout, added to his season total with an additional eight points, as Jonathan Maier pounded the boards for an additional four points.
The Panthers took the lead briefly in the third quarter with a scoring onslaught brought on by star point guard Kyle Stone.
The Panthers entered the fourth quarter down by one, as the adjusted defensive of the Knights began to take over, and along with a late run scoring effort by the Knights, the game ended with a final score of 31-19.
Head Coach Steve Louzy added, “Our boys went out today and really concentrated on taking care of the ball and controlling the flow. We had ten less turnovers today than any other game so far. In the second half I challenged our boys to turn the pressure up and we were able to pull away in the fourth. We couldn’t hit a tree in the middle of the woods with our shooting tonight going 12-53 but our control and defense was on point.”
The Knights Varsity took command of the floor to start their game against the visiting Panthers.
The Knights dropped a flurry of threes in the first quarter to quickly distance themselves from their competition. “
We came out on fire tonight! I love to see the boys start like this. When games start like this you know it will be a good night of basketball,” Head Coach Mike Moats said excitedly.
Michael Niggemyer led the Knights with ten points on the night, along with McCray Blackwell as back-up with eight points.
“The boys played like a million bucks tonight. We went 8-12 from the free throw line. Our defense was strong and our offense was on point. If we could just get our consistency down to play this way each week that would be the icing on the cake,” explained Coach Moats.
The Knights ended the game with a final score of 33-30.