It was Senior Night for the girls. Seniors, from left, are Alexxyandra Haeflinger (student manager), Melinda Woods, Jamie Thompson, Kailynn Hamersma, Marissa Bornholdt, Hannah Ramaker and Haley Colton.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
It was Senior Night for the girls. Seniors, from left, are Alexxyandra Haeflinger (student manager), Melinda Woods, Jamie Thompson, Kailynn Hamersma, Marissa Bornholdt, Hannah Ramaker and Haley Colton. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland girls basketball team was originally slated to play four games this past week; only two of these games were actually played, however, as Mother Nature continued to wreak havoc on sports schedules.

The shortened week began on Tuesday night as the Knights took on conference leader Rushford-Peterson at home and concluded on Saturday with a make-up game against Southland in Adams. Despite being tied at halftime in both games, the Knights were unable to take control in the second halves and lost both contests.

Rushford-Peterson 68, Kingsland 48

Kingsland (3-21, 2-17) welcomed the R-P Trojans (20-3, 15-3) to Spring Valley on Tuesday night. The home team started the game strong, taking a 26-26 tie into halftime. Coach Jill Thalmann attributed the first half success to cohesiveness and effort saying, "We all played great as a team and were aggressive."

The Knights weren't able to extend their competitive play into the second half, however, as R-P outscored Kingsland 42-22 in the game's final stanza. Although the Knights weren't able to stay in the game score-wise, Thalmann applauded her team's effort, saying, "During the second half we continued to play hard....The girls played great defense in the second half." Despite the great defense, Kingsland was unable to stop the Trojan's Hope Morrison. The R-P senior forward drained four second-half three pointers, saddling the Knights with a deficit that they could not overcome.

Marissa Bornholdt led Kingsland in scoring with 10 points. The senior forward also grabbed nine boards and dished out a pair of assists. Melinda Woods, Lacey Schwartz, and Kailey Link each chipped in seven points. Jamie Thompson, Gracie Schmidt, and Haley Colton rounded out the scoring for the Knights, contributing 6, 6, and 5 respectively as the Knights had seven players with five or more points.

Points: Bornholdt 10, Woods 7, Schwartz 7, Link 7, Thompson 6, Schmidt 6, Colton 5.

Rebounds: Bornholdt 9, Woods 4, Schmidt 3, Colton 2, Link 2, Ramaker 2, Thompson 2, Schwartz 1, Kimball 1, Hamersma 1.

Assists: Colton 2, Bornholdt 2, Hamersma 2, Thompson 2, Schwartz 1, Link 1, Ramaker 1.

Kingsland 43, Southland 71

Kingsland (3-22, 2-18) concluded the week on Saturday afternoon in Adams, taking on conference opponent Southland (15-10, 12-6). For the second time in as many games, the Knights started the game aggressively, playing a tough Rebel team to a 29-29 first half tie.

Southland used a full court press defense to attempt to fluster the Knight ball-handlers, a tactic that has been successful against them this season. "Southland played an aggressive full court defense, but we were patient and broke it easily with some good passing," said Thalmann of her team's initial success against the pressing defense.

As was the case in the previous game, though, Kingsland was outscored by 20+ in the second half. Contrary to the ball movement and aggression shown by the Knights in the first half, the second half was marred by turnovers and indecision. "We were slow and threw the ball away on many occasions. We were slow on offense and defense was a bit of a struggle as well," said Thalmann.

Bornholdt led the Knights in scoring again, racking up 13 points on six of nine shooting from the field. Woods was the next highest score for Kingsland with 10; the senior guard also recorded team-highs of nine rebounds and four steals. Thompson and Schmidt had an active game under the basket grabbing rebounds, recording eight and six respectively. The duo of post-players were also able to score effectively with Thompson adding six points and Schmidt chipping in seven. Colton wasn't able to connect on either of her two field goal attempts but did dish out a team-high six assists.

Points: Bornholdt 13, Woods 10, Schmidt 7, Thompson 6, Schwartz 2, Link 2, Colton 1, Ramaker 1, Hamersma 1.

Rebounds: Woods 9, Thompson 8, Schmidt 6, Ramaker 4, Colton 3, Kimball 3, Schwartz 2, Link 2, Bornholdt 2, Hamersma 1.

Assists: Colton 6, Schwartz 1, Bornholdt 1.

Section tourney

Kingsland begins Section 1A play Thursday at Spring Grove, a team the Knights lost to by three points (52-49) on Feb. 15. The Knights are seeded sixth and 18-6 Spring Grove third. This is the first year Kingsland has played in Class A after competing in Class AA in recent years.

The winner advances to the semifinals at Mayo Civic Auditorium Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Rushford-Peterson is the top seed in the tourney and Fillmore Central, another Three Rivers Conference team, is the third seed.