Rochester came to visit Southwood Saturday night and with a quick start and a fast pace knocked off the Knights 61-45.
Rochester got off to a quick start to open a 7-2 lead on the Knights as Southwood struggled to find the bucket. The Knights had open looks, but the fast pace seemed to bother the Knights, not being able to settle in to a rhythm as the Zebras kept pushing the ball up the floor. The Knights finally found themselves as Levi Winget hit on two straight trips and Jackson Blair drained a three and the Knights trailed 24-16 at the end of the first quarter. Winget had 6 and Blair 5 in the quarter.
The pace of the second quarter stayed very fast and the Zebras continued to stay hot and push the tempo as Johnathon O’Dell carried the Zebras. After a flurry of turnovers from Rochester the Knights capitalized with points, cutting the 10 point lead to 6 with 4:45 to go. The Zebra hot shooting started to cool off and the Knights started to find the bucket as Winget and Blair kept the Knights close, scoring 9 points between them in the quarter. Connor Hobbs hit a bomb at the buzzer to draw the Knights within three at 33-30 at the half.
The Zebras came out hot again in the third quarter, hitting their first four shots, while the Knights struggled and Rochester opened up a 16 point lead with 2:05 left. Following a Southwood timeout, Connor Hobbs hit a three as the Knights stayed cold, scoring just 7 points in the quarter and trailed Rochester 55-40 after three.
The fourth quarter would be the same theme as the first three for the Knights as they could not cut in to the Zebra lead. Down 16 with 2:30 to go the Zebras started to hold the ball and sit on the clock, playing keep away from the Knights to seal the 61-45 win over the Knights.
Leading the Knights was Levi Winget with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Connor Hobbs had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Jackson Blair had 8 points and 3 assist. Nathan Hollars had 3 assist and 3 steals.
The Knight junior varsity lost to Rochester 46-42.
The Knights were tied with Rochester 16-16 at the half. The Knights were out scored 18-4 in the third quarter and made a charge in the fourth, out scoring Rochester 22-12 but their comeback fell short.