Knightstown had better effort, Spaulding laments

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Back on Sept. 20, the Eastern Hancock football team ended five years of frustration by pounding rival Knightstown 65-0.

The Panthers’ basketball players got their football brethren some redemption Friday night — and then some.

Visiting Knightstown pulled away in the second half to drop Eastern Hancock 50-31 Friday night, beating the Royals for the first time in three tries and only for the second time in the past nine seasons.

“Like I told them, it had been several years since our football team beat Knightstown until they beat them back in the fall,” said EH coach Aaron Spaulding, whose roster is mostly made up of football players. “On the flip side in basketball, it had been several years since they’ve beaten us.

“I think they came in wanting to win the basketball game. We just came to play the basketball game. The outcome surely showed the different levels of desire tonight.”

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