Kingsland girls run into top teams in conference
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:50 AM
Kingsland dropped two games to two of the top teams in the Three Rivers Conference last week even though the girls played their best game of the season Friday against Dover-Eyota.
Kingsland’s Jaime Thompson makes a move to the basket. DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
"We knew it was going to be a fast paced game and we came out fighting," said Kingsland coach Jill Thalmann about the Dover-Eyota game. "Although it was a loss, it didn't feel like one. Dover-Eyota has an amazing team this year and losses will be few and far between for them. Dover-Eyota never really ran away with the game and we kept them to fewer points than most teams they have played this year."
Although the Knights lost 77-52, the Eagles had just scored 102 points in the previous game against Plainview-Elgin-Millville and the Knights "never gave up. We played like a team and it showed all across the board," said Thalmann.
The team shot 41 percent from the floor, which is an improvement compared to previous games.
Marissa Bornholdt led the team with 15 points, but Kailynn Hamersma and Haley Colton "were on fire tonight," said Thalmann, as both scored 10 points. Hamersma "did a great job taking it to the hole," she said, while Colton hit a couple threes in her only two attempts from the field and was also perfect from the free throw line in four attempts. Melinda Woods had seven points while Jamie Thompson wasn't far behind with six points. Hannah Ramaker added four points.
"Dover-Eyota pressed us the whole game and we did a great job breaking it and hitting open shots," said Thalmann. "We did a great job taking care of the ball as we brought it up the court. Defensively, we played a tough zone defense against Dover-Eyota and did our best keeping their tall girls from getting easy shots."
Woods led the team in rebounds with eight while and Bornholdt and Thompson each had five. Woods had five assists, Colton four, and Bornholdt and Ramaker three each to lead the team.
Tuesday, the Knights fell 75-28 to Chatfield, which is also undefeated this season.
"We played a very good team tonight," said Thalmann. "Although they are a great team, we did not show up and execute tonight."
The Knights only shot 23 percent and had scored just 13 points at the half.
"Needless to say, our offense was in a slump once again tonight," said Thalmann.
Bornholdt had another outstanding game with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Woods added four points and nine rebounds. Also scoring were Thompson and Grace Schmidt with four points each, and Lacey Scwartz, Reann Kimball and Hamersma with two points each.
"Chatfield ran a very tough 3-2 half court press against us that we couldn't quite seem to break," said Thalmann. "They caused many turnovers and scored most of their points off of our mistakes. We did play a great game defensively, but couldn't run the floor like Chatfield."
Kirsten Keefe led Chatfield in scoring with 18 points as the Gophers had four girls in double-digit scoring.
Kingsland has a couple non-conference games on the schedule this week, playing at home against Winona Cotter Thursday and then traveling to Rochester Lourdes on Saturday for a doubleheader with the boys. Game time Saturday is 4 p.m.