GIRLS' PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Panthers cruise past Fort Knox (01/07)

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By Greg Crews



By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers are building a pretty good case to call themselves the 17th District’s top program. The Lady Eagles? Well, they’ve got a ways to go. Senior wing Dorian Downs scored a game-high 15 points as four Elizabethtown players finished in double-digits Tuesday and the Lady Panthers cruised to a 74-13 victory over Fort Knox at Charlie Rawlings Memorial Gym. It was the Lady Panthers’ 10th consecutive win over district opponents, while Fort Knox has now dropped 61 straight to district foes. “We just keep getting better every game,” Downs said. “Every day at practice we’re trying to improve on what we didn’t do well last game and I think it’s showing.” Elizabethtown (12-1, 4-0 district) opened the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back. The Lady Eagles (1-8, 0-2) didn’t record their first field goal until there was less than a minute remaining in the first half as junior forward Karissa Jackson made a putback with 52 seconds left in the second quarter. Elizabethtown led 45-4 at the half and 66-6 heading into the fourth quarter. “I thought defensively we played a good ball game,” Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd said. “I thought we did a really good job of sharing and passing the basketball, too. We’re really becoming more of a team and unit.” Senior center Alex Jones recorded a double-double for the Lady Panthers, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior forward Jasmine Deaderick added 12 points and six rebounds and Adelaide Luckett chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds. “I thought we played pretty well tonight. We played well as a team,” said Downs, who connected on 6-of-8 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. “Dorian has been shooting the ball really well lately, but I don’t like to judge a player’s performance on how they are shooting,” Mudd said. “She is doing a lot of things really well for us.” Elizabethtown, which has won seven straight games, shot 48 percent from the field (31-for-64), while the Lady Eagles connected on just 12 percent (4-for-33). The Lady Panthers outrebounded Fort Knox, 43-22. Eleven Lady Panthers played at least 8 minutes and nine scored at least two points. UP NEXT: Elizabethtown plays at 17th District rival Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Fort Knox plays at 17th District rival John Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Greg Crews can be reached at 505-1754