Lourdes @ Pioneer Conference
BOYS: Lewiston at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Pawnee City
GIRLS: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pawnee City vs. TBD
A week of delays ended with game action at the Knight gym on Friday night as Lourdes took to the floor for a girls’ and boys’ doubleheaeder against Tri County.
Both Knight teams had been scheduled for games earlier in the week against Sidney and Sterling, but those games were called off due to wintery weather.
The Knight girls’ team won in the opening game on Friday by taking a 55-23 decision over visiting Tri County. The Knight boys’ team fell 86-61 in the second match up of the evening.
With its win, the Knight girls’ team is now 13-3 while a loss dropped the Lourdes boys’ team’s record to 2-12.
Lourdes GBB 55, Tri County 23
The Knight girls’ team dominated defensively, both with half and full court pressure, but those successes were tempered by missed shots.
Lourdes scored 11 in the first quarter and 11 more in the second to lead 22-10 at the break, but went to the locker room feeling it could have scored quite a few more points.
Libby Baumert hit back-to-back three-point shots to start the third quarter and Macey Allgood later hit a long range shot as well as Lourdes posted an 18-point third quarter that ended the competitive phase of the contest.
The shooting for the second half improved greatly as Lourdes went from 4-of-14 in the first quarter and 3-of-13 in the second quarter to 7-of-10 in the third quarter and 7-of-14 in the fourth quarter.
Scoring for the Knights were Macey Allgood, 11; Gina McGowen, 11; Elaina Madison, nine;. Emma Heng, eight; Libby Baumert, eight; Brianna Fulton, four; Addie DeFreece, two; and Ivye Meyer, two.
Following the contest, Coach Clay Carlton said the lay off, in games and practices, might have had something to do with the Knights’ shooting problems of the first half, but also said he felt the team didn’t come out as focussed as it could have been.
When a team doesn’t hit shots or play its best ball and still wins by 22 points, the news can’t be all bad, and it certainly wasn’t all bad on Friday.
Defense dominated with a high level of energy and activity. Defenders got hands on the ball to disrupt passes and ball handling efforts by Tri County.
“I thought we competed well, especially in the second half,” Carlton said.
Lourdes will now enter one of the biggest weeks of the season as the Pioneer Conference tourney was set to kick off with the opening round on Monday.
Lourdes, the No. 3 seed, earned a bye for the first round and was set to play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pawnee City with the likely opponent being Diller-Odell.
Coach Carlson said the Diller-Odell team has good athletes and that the program has a tradition of winning so his team would have to be focused in order to have success.
A victory on Tuesday will likely set up a 6 p.m. Thursday game at Lewiston against No. 2 seed Falls City Sacred Heart.
The Knights beat Sacred Heart 50-45 on Dec. 4 and fell to the Irish 41-37 during holiday tourney action.
Carlton said his squad would be fired up for a rematch on Thursday.
Tri County 86, Lourdes BBB 61
A second quarter scoring run helped to deliver a victory for the visiting Tri County boys’ basketball team on Friday night.
Lourdes trailed by just five points at the end of the first quarter, 16-11.
The Tri County lead was 13 in the second quarter before a bucket by Blake Miller and a pair of three-point shots by Max Baumert cut the advantage down to 28-23.
Tri County scored 11 straight after that and 17 of the following 19 points to claim a 47-25 lead.
After hitting a two-point bucket to lead 30-23, Tri County converted a five-point play by hitting a three-point shot and then draining two free throws on an off the ball foul which was called just after the release of the three pointer.
A three-point shot and a three-point play followed and the lead was 41-23.
Lourdes scored, but Tri County hit six straight after that to lead 47-25.
Tri County led 49-29 at half and extended the lead to 71-46 after three on the way to a 25-point win.
Scoring for Lourdes were Colter Fulton, 18; Blake Miller, 12; Max Baumert, 10; Damon Honeysuckle, eight; Cade Lee, six; Will Eppert, four; and Joe Kearney, three.
Knight Coach Joe Tynon said afterward that he had hoped that the Knights could do a better job staying in front of their men on defense to make scoring harder on Tri County, which came in with a record of 13-3, but overall, the Knights did do a lot of good things on Friday.
Tynon said his team took more shots, created more turnovers and had more offensive rebounds.
The Knights scoring number was good and, in high school ball, would usually result in a win.
What went wrong?
It was fits of inconsistent play that kept the Knights from playing closer to Tri County.
“We had took many bad minutes,” said Tynon.
“That has kind of been the M.O.”
A bad spurt of between four and eight minutes can kill a team’s hopes fairly quickly.
Lourdes had plans to re-load after Friday for the Pioneer Conference tourney, which was set to start Monday.
Lourdes was to play Lewiston at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Pawnee City.
The Knights won at Lewiston on Jan. 17, but Coach Tynon said his team wasn’t guaranteed success in the rematch.
This young team is still finding its way.
“Every game is a journey for us right now,” Tynon said.