By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
KNOX CENTRAL — In what looked like a promising week for the Knox Central Lady Panthers turned into a two-game losing skid.
After defeating Jackson County to begin a three-game span on Monday, the Lady Panthers (5-22) followed with a loss to Berea on Thursday before falling to 13th Region power Bell County Friday, 62-15.
Darrin Mills’ squad had trouble scoring the entire game, finishing six-of-33 from the floor while turning the ball over 14 times.
“By far (this is the worst game we played this season),” Mills said. “It’s just a bump in the road, though. Bell County is a very good team, and before tonight, we were playing well.
“The big thing is that the last few nights we had been playing well, and we are taking steps in the right direction,” he added. “We’re getting better, but tonight was just a tough loss for us.”
Knox Central’s struggles started from the get-go, as a one-of-10 shooting effort from the floor dug the Lady Panthers a 12-4 hole.
Mills’ squad did manage to cut its deficit to 12-6 in the second quarter, but a jumper by Jessica Sanders allowed the Lady Bobcats to go on a 17-3 run to end the first half, as Bell County held a commanding 29-9 lead at halftime.
Knox Central was its own worst enemy in the first half, connecting on only three-of-20 shot attempts.
“I thought we had open shots in the first half, but we just didn’t knock them down,” Mills said. “And then on defense, we didn’t get back, and they just drove by us and scored. We can’t let that happen. Our effort just wasn’t there tonight.”
The Lady Bobcats continued to cruise in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers, 19-4, while taking a 50-13 edge into the game’s final eight minutes of play.
Knox Central managed to score only two points in the fourth quarter, as both teams played their reserves, as Bell County pulled off the 47-point win.
“We just need to continue to get better,” Mills said.
Bell County 62, Knox Central 15
Bell County 12 19 19 12 – 62
Knox Central 4 5 4 2 – 15
Bell County (62) – Sanders 8, Garrett 11, Smith 7, Morris 10, Johnson 10, Brock 2, Miracle 4, Collett 10.
Knox Central (15) – McNeil 6, Bargo 3, Mills 1, McCombs 3, Stewart 2.
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