By Steve Heath
The 8th Grade Lady Knights played in the Maconaquah Invitational today and came away with a 3rd place finish. In the first game against Wabash, they jumped out to a 14-3 lead with just 1:30 left in the first half before Wabash scored the final 6 points of the half to close the lead to 14-9. Both teams played stellar defense in a very tight second half. The Lady Apaches outscored the Lady Knights 16-11 during the second half to send the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score throughout the overtime until Wabash’s Claire Cromer launched a 17 footer with just a couple of seconds left… the ball bounced on the rim a couple of times before falling in at the buzzer, giving the Lady Apaches a well earned victory by a score of 27-25.
In the consolation game, the Knights started very slowly and trailed R.J. Baskett early in the second quarter by a score of 14-15. The Knights then went to work and dismantled R.J. Baskett by scoring the last 12 points of the 2nd quarter to take a 26-15 half time lead. The surge for the Knights lasted the entire 3rd quarter as well as the Lady Knights outscored R.J. Baskett 13-0 in the 3rd quarter to take a 39-15 lead into the 4th period. By time Baskett finally scored again, the score was 41-17 Lady Knights. The Lady Knights owned the 2nd and 3rd quarters with a 27-0 run that lasted just under 12 minutes. The Knights finished the day with a 47-25 win and now have a 9-2 record. The 8th Grade Lady Knights host North Miami on Monday, January 31.
Key stats for the 2 games:
Katie Stouffer 24 points, 17 rebounds, 11 blocks
Abby Houlihan 14 points, 16 rebounds, 4 steals
Haley Heath 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Makayla Ridgeway 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jaycie Wright 4 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists
Aleesha Phillips 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Emily Lehner 2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Kristen Poehler 2 points, 2 assists, 2 steals
Grace Whitham 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Wabash won the tourney, defeating Southwood 27-25 OT and Maconaquah 23-11.
Claire Cromer 19 points
Sarah Ritter 15 points
Kristyn Ford 6 points
Courtney Davis 4 points
Emma Flynn, Shelby Stone, Payten Keaffaber 2 points each