Knights Drop Second In a Row by One Point
MIDDLEBOURNE — Ravenswood came to the Silver Knights’ gym on Thursday and got the battle of their life. The Knights’ girls’ basketball team opened the contest taking it right to the Red Devils and the result was a 19-10 first quarter lead.
Behind some nifty drives to the bucket by Josey Jones and sandwiched in between some fine play from Amanda Reynolds, JoLee Walton and Peyton Kocher, the lead increased to 16 at the half 39-23.
In the early stages of the third period it looked like the Knights were headed for a blowout as they increased the lead to 20. From there things started turning sour as the Red Devils started started pounding the ball in to their big girl Ali Westenhaven who finished with 26 for game honors. In the second half, Ravenswood outscored the Knights 45-28 and got a bucket with a couple ticks left on the clock to get the 68-67 win.
It was a disappointing loss for the Knights, but also a great effort in a game where things didn’t go quite their way.
“We did everything we wanted to do except win the game. It was a great team effort and I am very proud of the girls. We had four girls in double figures and the games leading rebounder in Aleah Black who got 13. It was our second heart breaking game last week but these kids are tough and will come back,” Coach Cathy Boggs said.
The Silver Knights are 7-12 on the season and they have played some tough competition and could easily be 12-7. Jones, who is starting to really put things together, got her second big scoring night in a row with 24 while also recording four steals. Reynolds knocked down a trio of three’s to finish with 13 and Walton also finished with 13 including a three and a 8-13 effort at the free throw line. Kocher pitched in 11 markers with three 3’s as well and added five assists. Black also blocked three shots on the night. Joralda Rice finished the scoring with a bucket for two points.
The Knights were a respectable 12-17 from the free throw line while Ravenswood ended with 17-31 and that was the ball game.
Silver Knights Take
St. Marys to OT
Tyler Consolidated fell to 7-11 on the season Jan. 31, as they hosted Class A power and state ranked St. Marys in an epic battle that took an extra period to decide.
The Blue Devils came into the Knights gym hoping to get a victory and they did, but not before the Knights showed they can play with the best.
Playing nip-and-tug ball for three quarters found the score tied at 40 entering the fourth. The game got even more interesting as both teams scored 19 points to send the contest to overtime. Both teams played even until St. Marys got a one point edge on two foul shots by Jordan Fox. The Silver Knights got the ball for another chance, but Fox blocked the Knights’ final shot and St. Marys slipped out with a hard fought 70-69 O.T. win.
St. Marys entered the contest ranked number eight in the state and sporting a 13-4 record. Tyler Consolidated was setting at 7-10, but are much better than their record indicated. Tuesday, they showed what they can do.
Jones stepped up her game a notch and came away with 28 points, four steals and five assists, Kocher added 13 while Walton chipped in with 12. Black, the only senior starter, added 11 rebounds and five blocks plus five points. Kocher hit three 3’s while Reynolds finished with nine added a three. Rice hit 2 foul shots to round out the Knights scoring.
“We played good hard basketball. Josey took the ball to the bucket and had her best game of the year. The girls are really stepping up their game and we are getting scoring from several players. We are starting to jell as a team at the right time. However, we are young but we’re learning fast. I can’t ask for any more, they practice hard and they play hard, we just fell short,” Boggs said.
For St. Marys, Fox led the way with a game high 33 points including an 11-12 effort at the foul line which proved to be the difference. Backing Fox was Jenna Nichols with 12.
As a sportswriter I like to take in as many games as possible. Sometimes I will attend more than one game in a single night and have gone to as many as three. However, I was at Paden City on Tuesday watching the Wildcats and Magnolia and missed this epic game. I managed to watch them as they lost another one point game to Ravenswood on Thursday and I see a big difference in their game. They are working well as a team and seem to be shooting the ball better. The rebounding is solid and several girls are capable of scoring well on any night. They are a very young team who could surprise people this year, but the future sure looks bright. Good luck Silver Knights and Coaches.