Lacey Schwartz of the Knights drives against Winona Cotter.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Lacey Schwartz of the Knights drives against Winona Cotter. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland dropped two girls basketball games last week, falling to Winona Cotter 61-50 at home and to Rochester Lourdes 69-27 in a non-conference game on the road.

Against Cotter Thursday, the girls played a great first half, which ended 28-28, "but ran out of steam in the second," said coach Jill Thalmann. "We stuck with Cotter and did a great job running through our plays and our press break. Cotter was aggressive and took it to the hole at every opportunity."

The Knights came out in a 1-2-2 in the second half to stop Cotter's penetration, but couldn't stop Cotter's shooting, explained Thalmann. The Ramblers also mixed up their defense and the Knights had a hard time making shots, she added.

Haley Colton had a standout performance, scoring 10 points, as she made five of six shots at the free throw line. "Colton is always aggressive on the defensive end, and it was nice seeing her aggressiveness on offense too," said Thalmann.

Marissa Bornholdt had another great game with 14 points and seven rebounds. Lacey Schwartz and Reann Kimball "brought their offense to the game tonight too," said Thalmann, scoring eight and six points respectively. Mindy Woods fought hard for rebounds, leading the pack with eight rebounds and also scoring six points.

Kailynn Hamersma added four points and Jamie Thompson two to round out the scoring for the Knights. Colton had four steals and five assists to lead the team in those categories.

Rochester Lourdes

The Knights took their second loss of the week on Saturday, although this one wasn't close as Lourdes dominated the entire time.

"Lourdes had control of the game from the very beginning," said Thalmann. "We had a hard time reading their defense, as they switched off and on from man to zone defense. They ran a pretty lackadaisical press break and we had our moments where we did a great job breaking it and getting easy buckets on our end, and then there were other times where we struggled."

The offense never clicked for the Knights. They weren't patient with the ball and didn't run through their plays, said Thalmann. "Instead of taking our time and getting easy buckets, we shot as soon as we got down the floor."

Thompson had some great moves under the basket, said Thalmann, and scored seven points. Hamersma also had an outstanding game, said the coach, taking it to the basket and scoring eight points. She also worked hard for rebounds and pulled six of them down for the team.

The team shot 24 percent from the field and didn't make one three-point shot in eight attempts. The Knights did make 64 percent of their free throws.

Gracie Schmidt added four points, Woods three, Colton and Bornholdt two each, and Schwartz one.

"There are still a lot of basketball games left and we aren't about to call it a season anytime soon," said Thalmann. "We know what we need to work on over Christmas break and know we are better than what we are putting out on the court right now. Our goal is to start out the new year with some wins and have some fun doing it."

Coming up

The Knights, which finishes 2013 with a 2-6 record, have a break over the holidays and resume play on Jan. 2 at 2-3 St. Charles.