The Knox Central Lady Panthers welcomed the Jackson County Generals to town on Monday night. The Panthers (11-4) found themselves locked into a heated battle with the Generals (5-11) but managed to pull away late in the fourth quarter for a 74-59 win.
Knox Central enjoyed a five point advantage at the end of the first quarter, 21-16. Central’s Toni McCombs, who just came back from a hand injury several games ago, led the Panthers with nine first quarter points.
Jackson County clawed back into the second quarter as they found a way to move the ball through the Knox Central full court press. The Generals scored eight unanswered points, behind two baskets from Sophomore Patricia Ford, to take the lead 30-28 with 2:16 remaining in the first half.
Knox Central’s Cassi Hale and Maddie Pennington each scored along with two free throws from Toni McCombs for a one point advantage at the half, 35-34.
The Panthers picked up their intensity in the third quarter and bolted out to a 47-40 lead with 2:25 remaining in the quarter.
Knox Central’s Taylor Patterson shot for eight consecutive points behind two three pointers to propel the Panthers to an 11 point lead at the end of the third quarter.
Knox Central managed to hang on in the fourth and finished the Generals off by 15 points, 74-59