Silver Knights Girls End Season
The Silver Knights split with Ritchie County during the regular season, but lost at home on Feb. 21 to the Rebels in a Region One, Section Two, quarter-final game. The final score stood at 51-42, Rebels.
The game started out at a slow pace with neither team getting a basket until the four minute mark when Ritchie got a basket from Abi Haught. The Knights answered right back with a jumper from Josey Jones, but the Rebels’ Cassie Tallman drilled one of her two three-pointers of the night to give the visitors a lead they would never relinquish. Ritchie took the first quarter, 13-6, on the strength of 10 points from Haught, who finished as the game’s leading scorer with 19 points, including a 9-10 showing from the free throw line.
Tyler had trouble all night finding the basket and trailed 22-13 at the half with Amanda Reynolds scoring all nine of her points in the period, while getting two each from Jones and Alexa Johnson.
Each team hit for eight points in the third quarter with JoLee Walton hitting a basket and a free throw to get the Knights back in the game. However, both teams scored 21 in the fourth to give the Rebels the nine point win. Jones led the Silver Knight with 15 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter, including two 3’s and a 3-3 free throw showing. She was backed by Reynolds, the lone senior on the team, with nine markers, while Walton hit for six in the game. Cora Grimm hit a three and a free throw for four points, and Peyton Kocher hit a three. Regan Smith added three on a basket and a free throw, and Johnson hit a first quarter bucket for two.
Walton led the team in rebounds with eight, and Johnson added six. Jones had four steals and two assists, and Reynolds added three steals as she finished her outstanding career as a Silver Knights basketball player.
“We’ve had struggles like that before,” Boggs said. “We should’ve picked it up on defense quicker than we did. We played tough, tough defense at the end, and we found a way to score, but it was too late. Ritchie County has always been a good scoring team, and we know that. They did a good job of that (Wednesday) of handling the ball and making their free throws when it was important. But we needed to step up our defense a little quicker in the game.”
The Knights finished the season 12-11 while losing only one senior starter – Amanda Reynolds, a four year player who will continue her game at Bethany College next season.