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K-P girls claim high-scoring win over West Harrison

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MONDAMIN -- The Kingsley-Pierson girls shot up the night with an 87-66 victory over West Harrison last Friday.

"We had five people in double figures," K-P girls coach Nicole Goodwin said. "It was nice to be able to win by a margin like that."

The Panthers leapt out to a 24-13 lead in the first quarter of the conference game, but West Harrison answered back in the second stanza with 19 points to K-P's 13, making the score a close 37-32 at halftime.

The Panthers added 22 points in the third period, holding West Harrison to 14, making the score going into the third quarter 59-46 in K-P's favor.

"We just kept pulling away there," Goodwin said. "They had one scorer, Emilee Earlywine, who scored 24 in the first half. We held her to seven in the second half."

Earlywine, a senior at West Harrison, had 31 points for the night.

Kingsley-Pierson's leading scorers were senior Danielle Groepper and freshman Marina Keck with 17 points each.

Freshman Rachel Mercer came off the bench to score 16 points, and freshman Kiana Phelps did the same to score 14 points.

K-P senior Megan Meister was also in double figures with 10 points for the night.

"It's a bonus having depth on the bench and being able to pick each other up," Goodwin said. "We did have a couple in foul trouble in the first half, so they had to sit a little bit. Some people off the bench stepped up and did a great job."

On rebounds, three Panthers pulled down five boards each: Phelps, senior Keely Collins, and Groepper.

Meister made seven steals and Keck logged five for the night. Collins and Groepper each had two blocked shots.

"It was the first time we actually clicked defensively -- great team defense -- and the bench was cheering them on, and I said, 'that's what a team effort is,'" Goodwin said. "It was good to have a win like that and see great teamwork on offense and defense. We were playing good ball."

With the conference win Friday, K-P moved to 11-6 overall, and 8-6 in the Western Valley Conference.

The K-P girls headed into the first round of Western Valley Conference tournament play at Maple Valley Monday, which they lost 42-40.

The loss means K-P will host a Western Valley varsity double-header at home Saturday.

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