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Lady Panther senior Lindsay Smith (1) fires up a shot during SMHS’ win at Christian Academy of Knoxville Tuesday night. SMHS hosts Loudon in a District 4AA game tonight and closes out the season on Saturday for senior night against York.

The Stone girls jumped out to a big 20-7 first period lead on their way to a 73-64 win in a contest against CAK where the young ladies were allowed to beat and bang all over the floor. The Lady Panthers led by 18 after three periods but the reserves that entered the contest let the Lady Warriors back in the fray with less than efficient ball handling.

Coach Tim Smith said, “I was very pleased with our first seven. They got after them and stayed in their face as well as we have all year.” He added, “I’m gonna have to have a meeting with our reserves. They didn’t take care of the ball the way they need to and I know that they can.”

The pressure defense that Stone is known for worked well against CAK as they created numerous turnovers. The Lady Panthers had much more team speed.

Commenting on the defense, Smith said, “It was one of our better defensive efforts of the season and that helped us establish the early lead.”

Stone had four players in double figures as Lindsay Smith led the way with 19 points with Brittany Eller knocking down three early treys on her way to a 17-point night. Destiny Dishman scored 15 and Chelsey Brown was her usual self at the free throw line as she garnered seven of her total of 13 at the stripe.

Caitlyn Sanders scored seven and Kristin Roark two to round out the Lady Panther scoring.

The girls will host Loudon on Friday and entertain York on Saturday.

Panthers defeat CAK in low-scoring contest

Coach Mike Buck said, “This wasn’t our best effort of the year on the offensive side of the ball, but we played on the defensive side to come out with a win.”

The Panthers only managed nine first quarter points but they held the Warriors to six with a hustling pressure defense.

All the first quarter scoring by the Panthers came from the big guys as Tyler Crowder scored six and Taylor Kiser managed three points.

Stone led by three at halftime and by only four after three periods but outscored CAK by a 15-6 margin in the final quarter to take the 47-34 victory.

Crowder and Kiser led the Stone scoring with 13 and 11 points respectively. Other scorers were Bradley Sherrill with seven, Will Ballard six, Mason Fox four, and Cameron Fox and Jacob Butler three each.

Next up is district foe Loudon on Friday and York on Saturday.

Panther JV drops close one at CAK

The Stone JV boys, under the guidance of Neal Capps and Randy Alley, led throughout the contest but went cold at the end in losing by a score of 61-58 in Knoxville.

Jacob Butler put up what could have been a tying three at the buzzer but his shot was off the mark.

Capps said, “I’m proud of the kids because they worked the ball at the end and we got the look that we wanted but the shot just didn’t fall.”

Butler led the Panther scoring with 20 points followed by the 12 of Mason Fox whose early scoring kept the Stone boys ahead. Dustin Melton, coming off an ankle injury, contributed seven, Trey Hollingsworth and Anthony Moore six each, Matt Mifflin three and Jake Cokkinias and Tavius Barnes two apiece.