Kingsland’s Kailey Link battles with a Caledonia player.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland’s Kailey Link battles with a Caledonia player. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland girls basketball team faced three conference opponents last week and were defeated in all three games. Dover-Eyota, Caledonia and Winona Cotter each used pressing, pressure defenses in their respective contests with the Lady Knights to create turnovers that ultimately led to easy baskets.

Kingsland 46, Dover-Eyota 76

Kingsland (3-14, 2-10) found themselves in an early hole due in part to Dover Eyota's (18-2, 11-2) full-court man-to-man defense. The Lady Knights were unable to figure out the Eagles defense, turning the ball over and missing shots as Dover-Eyota built their lead. When Kingsland was able break the press, they started connecting on offense.

Senior forward Marissa Bornholdt led the Knights in scoring, tallying 15 points. Bornholdt also used her height to affect the game, grabbing four rebounds and blocking four shots. Kailey Link was the only other Knight in double figures, shooting an efficient four for seven from the field on her way to 11 points. Kailynn Hamersma also contributed seven points and five rebounds.

Despite an off shooting night for senior guards Haley Colton and Melinda Woods, 2-14 from the field combined, the duo was able to contribute to the team in other ways. "Defensively, Woods and Colton ran the show," said Kingsland coach Jill Thalmann. Colton used aggressive on-the-ball defense to accumulate three steals while Woods "worked hard to get position under the basket" on her way to pulling down eight rebounds.

Due to their early offensive struggles, the Knights were only able to score 23 points in the first half, which saddled them with a 27-point halftime deficit. The second half of the game was tightly contested as Dover-Eyota only managed 26 points after their 50-point explosion in the first. Kingsland duplicated their first half point total in the second, giving them a three point second half deficit that ended with the Knights losing by 30.

Points: Bornholdt 15, Link 11, Hamersma 7, Woods 5, Schmidt 4, Thompson 3, Kimball 1.

Rebounds: Woods 8, Bornholdt 5, Hamersma 5, Colton 4, Schmidt 4, Ramaker 3, Link 3, Thompson 2, Kimball 1.

Assists: Colton 6, Woods 2, Ramaker 1, Bornholdt 1.

Caledonia 66, Kingsland 49

Kingsland (3-15, 2-11) played a rare Wednesday evening game against Caledonia (7-9, 5-7) that was rescheduled after being postponed due to inclement weather. Contrary to the full-court man-to-man press the Knights saw on Monday night, Caledonia applied a three quarter court zone press. The Warrior defense allowed the Knights to progress towards the half-court line initially before trapping them. This trapping defense caused problems for the Knights throughout the game.

Bornholdt again led the Lady Knights in scoring as she scored 10 in the first half and four in the second giving her 14 for the game. Although Bornholdt was the only Knight in double-figures, Kingsland received scoring contributions from seven others, led by Hamersma and Link who had eight and seven, respectively.

For the second consecutive game, the senior duo of Colton and Woods stuffed the stat sheet. Colton, who fouled out with two and a half minutes to go in the game, contributed three assists, two rebounds, and a steal to go along with her three points. Woods scored five points and added four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

After trailing by 12 at the end of the first, Kingsland played a more competitive second half, sparked by an increase in defensive pressure. Hamersma scored six of her eight points in the second half, all coming off of turnovers. Also contributing to the defensive surge in the second period was Karson Reiland. Though the sophomore guard didn't record a steal, she played aggressive, anticipatory defense that fueled the Knights' effort to climb back into the game. Reiland did, however, score four points and dish out an assist in her time on the court. Despite a better showing in the second half, the Knights fell by 17, 49-66.

Points: Bornholdt 14, Hamersma 8, Link 7, Woods 5, Thompson 4, Reiland 4, Colton 3, Schwartz 2, Schmidt 2.

Rebounds: Bornholdt 8, Link 5, Schmidt 5, Woods 3, Hamersma 2, Kimball 2, Schwartz 2, Colton 2.

Assists: Woods 4, Colton 3, Reiland 1, Link 1, Kimball 1, Bornholdt 1, Ramaker 1, Hamersma 1.

Kingsland 43, Winona Cotter 55

Kingsland (3-16, 2-12) capped off the week in Winona against conference opponent Winona Cotter (12-9, 7-7). The Ramblers used a template similar to that of the Knights' last two adversaries, using full-court pressure defense to force Kingsland turnovers.

Winona Cotter's defense stymied the Knights' offense throughout the game. Kingsland didn't have a player score in double figures and was only able to muster 11 first half points as a team. Melinda Woods led the Knights in scoring with seven, capitalizing on her attempts from the free throw line, shooting four for five from the charity stripe. Colton and senior guard Hannah Ramaker each contributed six points. Ramaker also had success from the free throw line, making all four of her attempts. Colton, who also tallied three rebounds, three steals, and two assists, scored her points from deep, connecting on two of three from three point distance.

Kingsland again performed better in the second half, scoring 32 points in the closing period. Unfortunately for them, Winona Cotter also scored 32 in the half. The wash in the second half meant that the deficit of 12, 23-11, would ultimately be the difference as the Knights fell 43-55.

Points: Woods 7, Colton 6, Ramaker 6, Hamersma 5, Bornholdt 4, Link 4, Reiland 4, Kimball 3, Schmidt 2, Schwartz 2.

Rebounds: Bornholdt 5, Kimball 4, Thompson 4, Colton 3, Schmidt 3, Hamersma 2, Schwartz 2, Ramaker 1.

Assists: Colton 2, Woods 2, Reiland 1, Ramaker 1.

Coming up

The Lady Knights have seven games in the next two weeks, beginning on Monday in Plainview as they take on the PEM Bulldogs. The week continues with games against St. Charles on Tuesday, and PEM again on Friday.