Girls end week with win
over neighbor Grand Meadow
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:02 AM
Kingsland's girls basketball team got two games in last week around snow storms, winning one and falling in the other.
Tuesday's game against Lewiston-Altura was postponed to an undetermined date. Thursday's game with Rushford-Peterson was also postponed, but just one day as the two teams met Friday.
The win was Saturday at Grand Meadow, where the Knights bounced back from a tough loss Friday, winning 54-50 in a game that wasn't quite as close as the score indicated.
Kingsland had control of the game the entire way through, said coach Jill Thalmann. The Knights led 26-22 at the half and extended the lead to 16 points with four minutes left before they started losing their handle on the game.
Still, the team generally had a solid game, shooting 39 percent from the field.
"Offensively, we can give a lot of credit to Haley Colton who had an outstanding game with 17 points," said Thalmann. "She was lighting it up from the three-point line, sinking five threes for the team."
Mindy Woods and Marissa Bornholdt also had a great game, added Thalmann, with each scoring 10 points.
Defensively, the girls played another great game, said Thalmann. Woods led the team with nine rebounds and Bornholdt was right behind her with seven rebounds on the night.
The only downside of the game was the last four minutes when the Knights starting making poor passes and had a hard time keeping their ball-handling under control.
"Grand Meadow put on a light press, but it was nothing we couldn't handle," said the coach. "Fortunately, we came out on top. A win is a win, whether it's by a lot or a little."
Also scoring for Kingsland were Kailey Link, Kailynn Hamersma and Jamie Thompson with four points each. Reann Kimball added three points and Gracie Schmidt two.
Again, the score may have been misleading in the 74-40 loss to 11-1 Rushford-Peterson Friday in the makeup game as the girls played a tough game, fighting hard and sticking with the Trojans throughout the game, said Thalmann.
"Lacey Schwartz had a stand-out first half, attacking the basket and finding herself some weak side put backs," said the coach. "She ended up with seven points. However, she came down wrong on her ankle and was out for the remainder of the game.
Hamersma also had a great game, added the coach, attacking the basket and ending up with eight points. Thompson had some good looks down low and Hannah Ramaker went four-for-four from the free throw line.
Thalmann said the team played better defensively than it has lately and the Knights played well as a team.
Hamersma led the team with seven rebounds on the night. Right behind her was Bornholdt with six rebounds.
Ramaker ended up with six points as did Thompson. Colton had four points and three assists while Woods had three points and five rebounds. Also scoring were Link and Schmidt with two points each and Kimball with one point.
This week, the Knights, now 3-9 overall, were scheduled to go against 7-5 Southland Tuesday at home and then travel to 4-7 Fillmore Central on Friday. Next week, they start off with two games in a row at home against 1-10 Lewiston Monday and 3-8 Caledonia the next night.