Knights Duel With Host Elwood Hoopsters

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The Eustis/Farnam hoopsters were able to earn the bragging rights by defeating the host Pirates in a Highway 23 girls/ boys hoops doubleheader held in Elwood on Thursday. 
The Lady Knights were able to flex their muscle on the offensive end during the second quarter to gain a lead that they never relinquished in scoring a 44-33 win over Elwood. 
Throughout the first quarter of play, the Lady Knights and Pirates defensive efforts stood strong with the Eustis/Farnam girls holding a slight edge, 8-7 as the horn sounded in the opening quarter of play. 
During the second stanza, the Lady Knights were able to outscore Elwood 16-8 to enter halftime with a 24-13 lead. 
The scoring punch by the Lady Knights continued to flourish in the third quarter as the Black and Gold were able to inch away 33-20 with just one quarter remaining. 
Elwood connected on a pair of trifectas in the fourth quarter  but it wasn’t enough to overcome the sharpshooting from the charity stripe by Eustis/Farnam that propelled them to a 44-33 victory. 
Ali Jones and Micky Blender led the Lady Knights with 14 points apiece. 
The Lady Pirates were led by Manon Martin with nine points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Eustis/Farnam  8 16 9  11 -44
Elwood            7  6  7  13 -33
Eustis/Farnam: Ali Jones 14, Micky Blender 14, Leigh-Anne Lehmann 7, Sammy Jack 7, Sara Pleschourt 1, Valan Bellamy 1. 
Elwood: Manon Martin 9, Tiffany Dickau 7, Felicia Knoerzer 7, Katie Kleine 5, Taylor Hickey 3, Baylee Diefenbaugh 2. 
In the second half of the double-dip, there was an offensive shootout that lit up the scoreboard. The Knights strong second half powered Eustis/ Farnam to a 65-53 win over the host Pirates of Elwood. 
In the opening quarter, the fast break scoring of the Pirates was able to net a 19-16 lead. 
Fending off foul trouble, the Knights did their best in hopes of staying in contention entering the halftime break as they netted 16 points to enter the intermission trailing 38-34.  Aaron Clouse had a strong first half for the Pirates with 16 points in the period. 
During the third frame of play, the Eustis/Farnam shooters started heating up as Hayden Rupe hit a pair of threes that sandwiched a trifecta from Shaye Collins that propelled the Knights to take a 45-44 lead with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
During the final eight minutes, the Knights went ballistic for 23 points that included Shaye Colllins and Kaleb Gibbens dialing long distance twice to power Eustis/Farnam to the 65-53 victory. 
Kaleb Gibbens led the Knights with 23 points. 
Hayden Rupe and Shaye Collins dropped in 20 points apiece for Eustis/Farnam. 
Sharpshooter Aaron Clouse led the Pirates with a team-high 19 points. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Eustis/Farnam 16 16 13 23 -65
Elwood           19 19  6   9 -53
Eustis/Farnam:  Kaleb Gibbens 23, Hayden Rupe 20, Shaye Collins 20, Taylor O’Connell 2. 
Elwood: Aaron Clouse 19, Kallen Nickell 13, Jake Gydesen 12, Kalyn Beam 6, Timmy Smith 10. 

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