Girls win thriller in overtime at W-K
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:35 AM
The Kingsland girls had to postpone two games last week, but when they finally got to play a basketball game, it was worth the wait as they took a 57-55 win in overtime at Wabasha-Kellogg Friday.
Haley Colton leads a Kingsland fast break in a game against Wabasha-Kellogg that went down to the wire, with the Knights winning in overtime. MIKE SMITH/WABASHA HERALD
"We played as a team and kept our composure throughout the entire game. We never gave up and finished strong," said coach Jill Thalmann.
The Falcons came out in a 2-3 zone defense to start the game, but the Knights were patient, moved the ball and came up with some easy buckets. It didn't take long for W-K to mix it up and switch to man defense with full court pressure.
"It wasn't a tough press, but we did struggle to relax once we broke it," said Thalmann. "W-K was a fast team and continuously beat us up the court."
The Knights went into the locker room at the half trailing 29-23.
In the second half, the Knights ran a 1-3-1 full-court press against the Falcons, which "got them flustered," said Thalmann as the Knights took control of the game.
The Knights made "a few minor mistakes" towards the end of the game, said Thalmann, and found themselves behind by three points. However, Kailynn Hamersma made a three-pointer with seconds left in regulation to take the game into overtime with the score 51-51. Hamersma had a great night with 12 points and five rebounds, said Thalmann.
During overtime, the girls did a great job keeping control of the game, said Thalmann, as Marissa Bornholdt took control of the offense, scoring four of her 20 points. Bornholdt had another double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds as well.
"We worked hard as a team and there wasn't a single person on the court who didn't believe we could win that game," said Thalmann. "It was great seeing the positive attitudes out on the court and knowing that they believed in and trusted each other out there."
Having Melinda Woods back in the lineup was a boost to the team, as she had seven points and seven rebounds. Lacey Schwartz had a good evening, said Thalmann, attacking the basket and scoring six points.
Haley Colton had five points, going three-for-four from the free throw line, and pulling down five rebounds. She played great defense and was a hustler out there, added Thalmann.
The defense worked hard, said the coach, while Bornholdt and Reann Kimball really took control of the boards. Kimball was right behind Bornholdt's 10 with nine rebounds.
Hannah Ramaker had two points and four rebounds while Jamie Thompson added one point and two rebounds.
The team shot 42 percent from the field and 57 percent from the line. Wabasha-Kellogg falls to 3-8 overall with the loss.
The Knights, 2-8 overall now, were scheduled to face Spring Grove in a non-conference game Monday, Jan. 6, at home, but that was postponed due to the statewide closing of school. They were then scheduled to travel to Plainview-Elgin-Millville the next night, but again school was closed due to the cold. The PEM game will be made up on Monday, Feb. 10.
This week, the Knights were scheduled to play at home against 1-9 Lewiston-Altura. Thursday, they travel to undefeated Rushford-Peterson and face 5-6 Grand Meadow on the road Saturday. Next Tuesday, they return home for a game against 6-5 Southland.