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Lady Knights take control early in 13-point win

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By Nick Schrager

Fans’ spirits were high when the Lady Knights dealt defeat to their rivals, the Washington County Commanderettes on Jan. 11.
The Lady Knights ran over their opponent, 52-39.
Lady Knights Coach Anthony Epps said that while there were ups and downs in the game, he could see where the Lady Knights (7-7) had improved.
“The good thing is we came away with the win,” Epps said.
The victory was just another notch in a long list of wins against Washington County. The Lady Knights have not been defeated by the Comanderettes since 2005-06 season where they fell twice 43-36 and 64-49.
The Lady Knights will square off with their rivals again on Feb. 8.
Senior center Alexus Calhoun started the night with the first field goal of the game on a rebound. She would score another time in the quarter along with senior guard Timera Burton and sophomore guard Samantha Daughtery. Freshman point guard Haeli Howard would end the period with a two-point field goal, leaving the Lady Knights with a 15-4 lead.
Once again, Calhoun led the Lady Knights to victory by scoring 13 points. Behind Calhoun, Howard scored eight points while senior forward Colleen Rakes and freshman guard Ambrasia Adams each scored six points.
In the second quarter, the Commanderettes (2-7) picked up their scoring, but the Lady Knights still widened their lead to 28-15 at the half.
Washington County would score first in the third quarter but good passing by the Lady Knights would result in some major gains. Calhoun would score twice on assists from Daughtery and Howard. Another assist from Daughtery to Burton would result in a three-pointer. From there, Howard scored a three-pointer of her own, and freshman guard Kaylee Wheatley got an assist on a jumper by sophomore guard Kristen Mattingly. The Lady Knights had a 20-point lead, 45-25, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Commanderettes cut the lead to 12 points, but would get no closer. In the closing minutes, Rakes hit a pair of free throws and Daughtery would put the final two points on an assist from Howard.
After defeating the Comanderettes, the Lady Knights went on to tackle the Casey County Lady Rebels (10-2) on Monday evening.
Epps said that the Lady Rebels were a good team.
“They got a real good team, I know it’s going to be a tough game and be a challenge for us,” Epps said.
The Lady Knights won their battle against the Lady Rebels, 45-39.

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