BICKNELL — It didn't take long for North Knox junior Graycie Poe to hit her 1,000th career point on Tuesday, but the Warriors struggled to find much offense elsewhere.
Poe got her 1,000th point on the final field goal of the first quarter, but Class A No. 4 Loogootee took off after that and dealt North Knox a 50-33 Blue Chip Conference basketball loss.
Poe scored nine points for North Knox (11-8, 4-3 Blue Chip), one more than she needed to reach 1,000 points for her career, and she tallied eight in the opening period. The junior became the 13th Lady Warrior to achieve the 1,000-point honor. Emma Saucerman also scored nine for North Knox.
The Warriors were held without a field goal in the second period, but were within four points of Loogootee (14-4, 7-0) before Kalea Fleming buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 20-13.
“That was a momentum changer,” North Knox coach Steve Meurer said. “Even though we weren't scoring in the second, they weren't getting a lot of points either. We were doing an outstanding job on Fleming, limiting her touches. But we lose her one time right before the half, she hits an open 3, and that seemed to deflate us.
“We had some severe lapses on defense in the third quarter. The first quarter we were aggressive and stuck to the game plan. But offensively we kind of started watching Graycie. We got some good looks, but we weren't hitting shots.
“I have to congratulate (Poe),” Meurer said. “She's been a delight to coach, and any time you can reach 1,000 your junior year, that's saying something, and I'm proud of her. I was proud of Emma. She gave us some points when we needed it.”
North Knox never trailed in the opening quarter despite ties at 2, 4 and 6. Poe broke it with a 3-pointer, and the Lions made it a 9-8 deficit before Poe notched a trifecta with seconds remaining for her 1,000th point. The 3 also gave North Knox a 12-8 quarter lead.
After the Lions scored on their first possession of the second, neither team scored for over four minutes. Loogootee stopped the drought and took the lead with a 3-pointer with 3:25 showing, and it pushed it to 17-12 before Abigail McKinley accounted for North Knox's only point in the stanza with a free throw.
Keanna Thomas hit a 3-pointer to help North Knox keep pace in the third, trailing 24-20 with 4:42 left. But the Lions got the next six points in a 13-3 finish to the period to go up 37-23. The Warriors never got closer.
Kylie VanHoy scored 17 for Loogootee, eight in the third, while Fleming scored 10, and Jaelyn Walker nine.
North Knox's junior varsity (14-5) won, 36-17. Reagan Jones scored 10 points and Saucerman seven.
The Warriors finish out the regular season at Barr-Reeve at 6 p.m. Thursday.
LOOGOOTEE 50, NORTH KNOX 33
Walker (f) 3 2-2 9, M. VanHoy (f) 1 0-0 2, K. VanHoy (c) 8 1-2 17, Fleming (g) 3 3-5 10, Wagner (g) 2 0-0 4, Arthur 0 2-2 2, Bateman 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Nolley 3 0-0 6. Totals: 20 8-11 50.
McCory (f) 0 4-6 4, Wolfe (c) 0 0-0 0, McKinley (g) 1 1-2 4, Poe (g) 3 1-2 9, Hammelman (g) 1 0-0 2, Armes 0 0-0 0, Saucerman 3 3-3 9, Sheren 0 1-2 1, LeRoy 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Yochum 0 0-0 0, Thomas 1 1-2 4, Cardinal 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 11-17 33.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Loogootee |8-12-17-13 — 50
North Knox |12-1-10-10 — 33
3-pointers: Loogootee 2 (Fleming, Walker), North Knox 4 (Poe 2, McKinley, Thomas). Fouls: Loogootee 16, North Knox 16. JV: North Knox 36-17.