Kingsland’s Lacey Schwartz blows by a Lewiston defender.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland’s Lacey Schwartz blows by a Lewiston defender. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland girls basketball team concluded the regular season with a 61-48 victory over Lewiston-Altura last Monday in a game that was rescheduled twice due to school cancellations. This contest proved to be worth the wait for the Knights (4-22, 3-17), as they snapped a 13-game losing streak with the win.

Kingsland took control early in the game and coasted to victory over the Cardinals, who haven't won a conference game this season. Using the 1-2-2 zone defense that has been relatively successful for them lately, Kingsland built a 15-point first half lead. Scoring in the second half wasn't as lopsided, but the damage had already been done. Despite outscoring the Knights by two in the second half, L-A couldn't overcome the Kingsland's overwhelming first half success.

Offense was the theme for the Lady Knights in this contest. "We did a great job moving the ball around and getting open looks," said coach Jill Thalmann. The open looks led to scoring contributions from seven different Knights, four of whom reached double-digits in points. Leading the way in that category was senior Melinda Woods with 14. Woods also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds in the win. Fellow seniors Kailynn Hamersma and Marissa Bornholdt were the next highest scorers for the Knights with 13 and 12, respectively. Freshman center Gracie Schmidt rounded out the quartet of Knights in double-digits, adding 10 points.

Points: Woods 14, Hamersma 13, Bornholdt 12, Schmidt 10, Schwartz 7, Link 3, Colton 2

Assists: Colton 3, Bornholdt 2, Hamersma 2, Woods 1, Schwartz 1, Link 1, Thompson 1, Schmidt 1

Rebounds: Woods 12, Bornholdt 8, Hamersma 4, Thompson 3, Schmidt 3, Colton 2, Link 2

Kingsland 44, Spring Grove 64

Kingsland's 4-22 overall record earned them the sixth seed in the Class A Section 1 tournament and a match-up against the third-seeded Spring Grove Lions (18-7, 17-2 Southeast). The Lions defeated the Knights by only three points when the two teams met just 12 days earlier.

Unfortunately for Kingsland, the rematch wouldn't be as close of a game. Spring Grove frustrated the Knights' offensive flow with their 1-3-1 zone defense. Coach Thalmann, anticipating the Lion's defensive approach, implemented plays to attack the 1-3-1 that were ultimately thwarted by Spring Grove's tenacity and Kingsland's inability to execute consistently. The Lions led by nine at half and stretched their lead to 20 in the second.

Woods, one of six seniors playing their final high school game, led the Knights in scoring for the second consecutive game with 11 points. Fellow senior Haley Colton knocked down three three-pointers in the game, giving her nine total points. Colton also added four steals and four assists. Schmidt contributed eight points in her first taste of varsity playoff action.

All six of the departing seniors scored in the final game of their careers. Bornholdt and Jamie Thompson combined for 10 points, scoring six and four respectively. Hamersma and Hannah Ramaker each added two points.

Points: Woods 11, Colton 9, Schmidt 8, Bornholdt 6, Thompson 4, Link 2, Ramaker 2, Hamersma 2

Assists: Woods 5, Colton 4, Link 2, Ramaker 2, Hamersma 2, Schwartz 1, Bornholdt 1, Thompson 1

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