Lenny Moore of the Knights drives to the basket vs. Chatfield.   CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Lenny Moore of the Knights drives to the basket vs. Chatfield. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland boys basketball team lost two games last week, falling to two conference opponents in Caledonia and Chatfield.

Thursday was the first of two away games to end the week for the Knights, taking on the rival Gophers in Chatfield. The second game of the week came on Friday in Caledonia, a game that was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was rescheduled due to the inclement weather.

Kingsland 55, Chatfield 80

Kingsland (5-14, 3-10) opened the game with poise against a talented Chatfield (12-5, 9-5) team, taking an early 7-4 lead. The scoring began with a three-pointer by Jacob Rindels, followed by four consecutive made free throws by Julius Wolf, who finished the game six of six from the free throw line. Wolf, a junior forward, added a made field goal in the second half to give him eight points for the game; he also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Chatfield responded to the Knights early success by charging back to take the lead. The Gophers put together a 16-4 run to take a nine-point lead mid-way through the first half. The Knights made a final scoring run in the opening half, regaining the lead, 29-27, on a Quinn Larson three pointer. Senior guard Jordan Meskill also had a go-ahead basket late in the half as the two teams exchanged buckets to close. Despite 12 turnovers in the first half, the Knights went into the locker room trailing by only four, 29-33.

Rindels and senior guard Lenny Moore tied for the team lead in points at the half with seven and in the game with 14. Moore contributed four rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game as well. Chatfield built on its four-point lead in the second half, pushing the tempo and moving the ball around to create easy scoring opportunities. After a Rindels three-pointer cut the Knight deficit to one to begin the second, the Gophers answered with a furious 21-6 surge, putting the Knights behind 54-35.

Larson and junior forward Nick Niemeyer each added five points in the second half, bring their totals for the game to 10 and seven, respectively. Larson, a sophomore guard, also added six rebounds in the loss.

Points: Rindels 14, Moore 14, Larson 10, Wolf 8, Niemeyer 7, Meskill 2

Rebounds: Larson 6, Wolf 6, Moore 4, Niemeyer 3, Bubany 2, Rindels 2, Plaehn 2, Meskill 1

Assists: Moore 3, Plaehn 2, Larson 1, Wolf 1

Kingsland 47, Caledonia 83

Kingsland (5-15, 3-11) didn't get a break the night after a disappointing loss to Chatfield, as the one-loss Caledonia Warriors (16-1, 11-1) hosted the Knights in a matchup of conference foes.

For the second time in as many nights, the Knights started the game attacking on offense. Moore opened with four consecutive points to start the game followed by a three pointer from junior guard Isiah Bubany to give Kingsland a seven-point advantage.

The Warriors responded in rapid fashion, rattling off nine unanswered points to take a two-point lead. Rindels then entered the scoring column for the Knights, connecting on two field goals in as many trips to the offensive end, both assisted by Moore.

Kingsland kept the game tight mid-way through the first half, climbing to within three, 16-19, on a Marcus Plaehn basket, set up by Bubany. Meskill scored all nine of his points in the first half, converting on three of five attempts from the field and two of three attempts from the charity stripe. Kingsland wasn't able to keep pace with the Warriors in the opening period, however, as Caledonia led 49-23 at the half.

The Knights weren't able to cut into the Warrior lead in the second half, either. A Larson free throw trimmed the Knight deficit to 18 in the early stages of the second half, but that would be as close as they would get. Wolf scored all six of his points in the second half; the junior forward also grabbed five rebounds, leading the team in that category. Junior guard Clayton Friemuth scored all three of his points in the closing minutes to give Kingsland a total of 47. Caledonia finished with 83 points, coasting to the 36 point victory on 48 percent shooting from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.

Points: Rindels 11, Meskill 9, Moore 8, Wolf 6, Bubany 5, Friemuth 3, Larson 2, Plaehn 2, Niemeyer 1

Rebounds: Wolf 5, Bubany 3, Moore 3, Rindels 2, Plaehn 2, Niemeyer 2, Larson 1, Friemuth 1, Meskill 1

Assists: Moore 3, Bubany 1, Rindels 1, Larson 1

Coming up

Kingsland was scheduled take on the Dover-Eyota Eagles on Monday as they look to get revenge for the one-point loss suffered against the Eagles earlier this season. Tonight (Wednesday) the boys take on Lewiston-Altura in a makeup game on the road. The Knights will also face the Ramblers of Winona Cotter on Friday. The Knights have two games in a row to start next week with a game Monday at home against Plainview-Elgin-Millville and a game Tuesday at St. Charles.