Kingsland girls split in Byron
Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:31 AM
In the two-game tournament at Byron this past weekend, the Lady Knights got a win over Sioux Central, Iowa, on Friday night, 51-42, and then lost in the championship to host Byron, 55-44.
Kingsland’s Lizzie Tart drives to the basket against Sioux Central.
In the win over the Rebels Friday night, high scorer was Lizzie Tart with 15. Tart had a very good shooting night, connecting on five of six field goals and five for five from the charity stripe. She was also the co-leader with four rebounds and dished out two assists. Cheyenne Losey knocked down 13 points, hitting 5/9 from the field (3/7, three's). Marissa Bornholdt contributed eight points, on 4/5 shooting from the field. Melinda Woods had six points, two buckets on three-point shots. Haley Colton had a team-high four assists, along with three points and one steal. Joclyn Pierce had four points on a .500 night (1/2 from the field and 2/4 at the line). Jessi Kaster added two points to the win, 2/2 at the free throw line.
In the loss to the Bears on Saturday night, Cheyenne Losey had a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. She also had two assists. Kingsland had very balanced scoring, in addition to Losey's 11...Colton 4, Woods 8, Kaster 5, Pierce 4, Bornholdt 6 and Tart 6.
"We did a great job breaking their full court press," said first year coach Jill Thalmann, "but our shots weren't falling tonight." The Knights hit just 15/52 (28.8 percent) from the field, including 5/24 (20.8 percent) from three-point range. Free throw shooting wasn't bad at 9/18 (50 percent), but not quite as good as the previous night (9/13, 69.2 percent).
"Our defense was also very strong tonight," added Thalmann, "allowing only 23 points in the second half." And the ball-handling wasn't bad either, committing only 16 turnovers, six in the first half and 10 in the second. Not bad for only the second game of the season, against the pressure defense that Byron applied. Kingsland forced Byron into 24 miscues, 15 in the first half and nine in the second stanza.
Kingsland trailed by 10 at halftime and lost the second half by only one point.
This week the gals have three games: at home against a tough Southland Tuesday night, at home against Rushford-Peterson on Friday and on the road in Lake City on Saturday. Next Tuesday, Dec. 4, the team will travel to Harmony to take on a very young Fillmore Central team.