Wilkins scores 28 to lead Panthers over Newton

Maggie Wilkins scored 28 points against Newton at Wells Fargo Arena. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The Knoxville Panther varsity girls’ basketball team got back into the win column following their only loss this season on Friday night with a big 53-38 victory over Newton at Wells Fargo Arena.

Newton jumped out to an early 10-3 lead against a hands-off Knoxville defense. Meanwhile, the Newton defense was double and triple-teaming the Panthers’ season lead scorer, Katie Keitges.

Katie Keitges (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

Knoxville made the adjustments necessary to go into halftime with a 31-23 lead. Defense was the name of the game for Knoxville in the third, as they limited the Cardinals to just one point. The Panthers went into the fourth with a 40-26 lead.

Newton’s fight was getting stronger in the fourth, but the Panthers were able to hold them off. At the end of the game, the Panthers were up 53-28, with most of those points belonging to Maggie Wilkins.

Wilkins shot 60 percent from three-point land and missed only one free throw. She finished with 28 points, two rebounds and a steal. Keitges finished with 14 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals. She was 8-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Tara Uitermarkt (5) and Marley McKay (3) at Wells Fargo Arena. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

Charlee Heffron had six points and two rebounds; Emma Dunkin had four points, two rebounds, an assist and five blocks; Marley McKay had eight rebounds and two assists; Tara Uitermarkt had six rebounds, two assists and two steals and Norah Pearson had a point.

The Panthers travel to Centerville Tuesday night, Jan. 7, for another important South Central Conference matchup. They will host Albia Friday night.