Knob Noster “survived and advanced,” according to coach Adam Easterwood, with a 57-55 win over Summit Christian Academy on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 3, District 14 tournament at Higginsville.
The Panthers (19-7) held quarter leads of 18-12, 25-24 and 36-35.
Brett Marsh scored a team-best 20 points to go along with four assists. David Barton notched 17 points and two blocks. Aaron Hale pulled down a club-leading eight rebounds.
For Summit Christian, Taurin Hughes tallied 21 points and four steals. Harrison Shearer added 14 points.
“We got tested by a very good team tonight,” Easterwood said. “I think we got exposed for some ball-handling issues and their pressure tested us at times. ‘Survive and advance’ is the name of the game at this point and the season and that’s what we did.”
The Panthers will take on Richmond at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.