The Knox Central Panthers took to the hardwood on Dec. 9 in their home opener with an 81-62 trouncing of the Harlan County Black Bears.
The Bears (4-1) played to an 8-8 tie mid-way through the first quarter until Dustin Hensley and Matthew Barger each chipped in six points each to give Knox Central (2-2) a 22-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers extended their lead in the second quarter to 14 points, 40-26. Junior guard Blaine Wyatt added the first score to advance the lead to 24-15 followed by a three pointer by Matthew Barger for a 27-17 advantage. Chad Marsee added two buckets in the paint followed by another score by Barger to put the Bears into a double digit deficit at 33-21. Marsee added two more baskets along with a score from Senior Dustin Hensley to end the half with a 14 point lead at 40-26.
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