HOWARD — The biggest rivalry in Knox County hasn’t been much of a rivalry in girls basketball as of late.
The Danville Blue Devils scored 16 unanswered points in the first half to cruise to a 59-17 victory over the East Knox Bulldogs at East Knox High School on Monday.
It was the third straight victory for Danville in their series, winning by an average of 26 points.
“If you can’t get up for this one, you better check your pulse,” said Danville head coach Matt Proper.
For the Blue Devils, it was another step in their quest for an unblemished Mid-Buckeye Conference season.
For the Bulldogs, it was another night upon which to grow.
“This team really wants to play together,” said East Knox head coach Pat Forshey. “They want to score so bad, that they want to put the weight on their own shoulders sometimes. But they’re starting to feed each other.”
Danville (12-3, 7-0 MBC) broke out to an 18-2 lead in the second period using its superior size in the middle to its advantage. Taylor Banbury scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the run. She also dominated the boards during the run, pulling down five rebounds (four on offense) on her way to 12 for the game.
“Her fundamentals around the post have really improved,” Proper said of Banbury. “She keeps the ball high. She gets rebounds. And she hit a few midrange jumpers, too, which is good to see.”
Madison Banbury, who started alongside her sister but spent most of the game subbing for her, finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
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