By John Stepp / For The Times-Tribune
The Knox Central Panthers picked up their first district win of the year with a 69-47 win over the Lynn Camp Wildcats in 51st District action.
The Panthers are still vying with Pineville for the second seed in the district, while Lynn Camp remains winless.
Knox Central found success both inside and out against the Wildcats. Sophomore guard Jeffrey Adams led all scorers with 22 points on the night, while the Panthers' freshman big man Chad Marsee scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest.
“I thought we had a good balance offensively tonight. We got the ball inside a lot and scored and our guard scored well,” said Knox Central Coach Brian Evans. “(Chad) Marsee was very good inside for us. He scored well and our guys did a good job moving the ball.”
The Panthers wasted no time taking control of the game, jumping out to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter. Both teams played closely in the second quarter, as Lynn Camp senior forward Zach Smith scored eight of his team-high 21 points in the period.
The Wildcats had a terrible night from the floor, shooting three-of-26 from the three-point line. A number coach Clyde Dixon was not happy about.
“The difference in the game was their ability to hit their open shots and free throws,” said Lynn Camp Coach Clyde Dixon. “Zach Smith had a good game for us inside with 21 points and 11 boards, but as a team we only hit three-of-26 thre9point shots. That is not acceptable when we were having success scoring inside.”
The inside duo of Marsee and senior center Tobie Merida helped Knox Central extend their lead in the third quarter. The two big men dominated the paint, scoring 11 of the team's 19 third quarter points. Adams added seven points in the fourth quarter for the Panthers, to help them defeat the Wildcats 69-47 district win.
“We're happy to get the win in the district. I was pleased to have a number of our guys contribute tonight,” said Evans. “We had several players come off the bench and play well. We were very active defensively and played well offensively, as well.”
Knox Central 69, Lynn Camp 47
Knox Central 19 12 19 19 69
Lynn Camp 10 11 13 13 47
Knox Central (69) - Adams 22, Marsee 14, Dustin Hensley 10, Jacob Kilburn 7, Merida 7, Brandon Garrison 7, Hunter Tye 2.
Lynn Camp (47) - Smith 21, Matt Trosper 7, Austin Maier 7, Skylar McFarland 5, Justin Hammonds 5, Chase Turner 2.