Matlin Marshall couldn’t be stopped from behind the 3-point line in Friday night’s matchup between Evans High School and Lakeside.
After sinking a layup as time expired in the first quarter, the Knights’ guard buried four of the Knights six 3-pointers in the second quarter as they turned a 14-10 deficit into a 33-18 halftime lead. Keeping the Panthers from making any sustained runs in the second half, the Knights won 55-44.
“The momentum just took me and I was able to hit my shots,” said Marshall, who scored a game-high 17 points.
Both teams entered having won their region openers on Tuesday.
A layup by B.J. Raymond gave the Panthers (10-3, 1-1 Region 2A-AAAAA) a 14-5 lead at which point Evans’ coach Kevin Kenny called timeout and two things changed. The Knights (11-4, 2-0) switched from a trapping 1-3-1 defense which the Panthers were taking advantage of to a 2-3 and their long-range shots started to fall.
After missing their first four 3-pointers, after the timeout the Knights hit 1 of 2 from behind the arc and then went 6 for 8 in the second quarter. They caused eight Panthers’ turnovers and held them to just four points in the defining quarter.
Kenny wasn’t worried when his team got down big early.
“A lot of times a team will jump out to a big lead and then when the adrenaline settles in and everybody calms down and settles in, then basketball is started to be played,” said Kenny. “I think a lot of that is what happened tonight.”
Sam Powell led the Panthers, who shot 3 of 20 from behind the arc, with 16 points.
After losing their region opener to Greenbrier on Tuesday, the Lady Knights got back into the win column with a 48-32 win over Lakeside.
Jasmine Stone led the Lady Knights (10-3, 1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) with 21 points while Amber Tally led the Lady Panthers (3-11, 0-2) with 10.