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Kylee Knox leads Harvest Christian in rout of Elgin Academy

01/17/2014, 9:45pm CST
By Scott Miller

Kylee Knox scored 20 points as Harvest Christian poured it on Elgin Academy 51-18 in the Elgin City Classic.

Kylee Knox and Harvest Christian could do little wrong at Elgin on Friday night.

Knox connected on all six of her three-point attempts to finish with 20 points and lead the Lions to a 51-18 rout of Elgin Academy in Game 3 action of the Elgin City Classic.  Harvest Christian is now 1-2 in the tournament with one more game left to play on Monday at home. 

The Lions (9-7) scored the first 15 points of the game and lead 26-1 late in the first quarter. Knox scored 11 of those points.   

"It was just one those nights when every thing seem to go right," said Knox. "We had a nice shooting game. I had plenty of time to set up on my shots and that made a big difference. I hit the first couple and got a lot of confidence."   

Knox had three three-pointers in the first quarter and three more in the second half.   

"She was just so comfortable out there," said assistant coach Rich Detamble, who was filling in for head coach Kelly Friestad. "She is only just beginning to realize how good she can be. We have been trying to encourage her to shoot more often, but she is such an unselfish player she is always looking to pass first. Tonight was a big game for her.'                               

The Lions shot 11-of-13 (85 percent) from the field in the first quarter.   

"It was a good win for us," said Detamble. "The girls played with a lot of heart and effort. We did what we set out to do on offense and that was to penetrate and kick the ball out to our shooters. We knocked down a lot of shots."   

The Lions led 30-10 at the break and cruised in the second half.                      

Morgan Lockwood added 11 points and Rachel Oostdyk had 10.                     

"We have really started to click as a team," said Oostdyk. "It's amazing how far we have come from the beginning of the year. We have just been focusing on bonding as a team."

After the disastrous first quarter, the Hilltoppers (3-11) recovered to outscore Harvest 7-4 in the second quarter, but could make no further dent in the deficit in the second half. Kaitlyn Pearson had 10 points and four steals for Elgin Academy.

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