Knights Take Down Bulldogs
Peyton Kocher scored 24 points, and Josey Jones added 19 as the Silver Knights outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter to gain a 54-47 win over the visitors on Monday, Dec. 10 at Tyler Consolidated.
The Knights went up by one after the first quarter in a back-and-forth affair. By the end of the second they had stretched the lead to five as they outscored the visitors, 17-13, for a 29-24 lead.
Kocher had her long-ball game working as she hit two in the first half and finished the half with 11 points. The third quarter was nip-and-tug, but the Knights won it by one, 12-11, and finished the game on a 13-12 run for the win. Kocher’s four 3-pointers helped her as the game’s high scorer. She ended 6-8 from the free throw line as well.
Jones got her points on six field goals, including two 3-pointers while hitting 5-6 from the line. JoLee Walton scored five points but also had nine rebounds and two blocks. Miranda Weekley hit two buckets for four points while playing a good floor game. She was credited with four steals and three assists. Regan Smith added a basket to round out the scoring.
“This was a great game from start to finish. It was a great team effort tonight.
Our defense played well once again; these girls just have no quit. We were again out-sized, but we made up for it with our hustle. At the half we only had six rebounds, and I challenged the girls to reverse that stat in the second half. We finished the ball game with 22. I am pleased with that effort, ” Coach Ben Thomas said.
The win moved the Silver Knights to 3-1 on the season.
Silver Knights Slay Red Devils
Tyler Consolidated proved to be too much for Ravenswood, Dec. 13, as seniors Josey Jones and JoLee Walton combined for 44 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Knights to a 77-57 win over the visiting Red Devils. The Silver Knights started out strong as they jumped ahead of the visitors, 11-6, after the first quarter. They then increased the lead to 11 with an 18-12 second quarter.
Jones and Walton each ended with 22 in the game to lead all scorers, while the Knights got a boost from freshman Caleigh Phillips, who ended with 12. Also adding to the Knights’ total were senior Peyton Kocher, with eight points, and sophomore Regan Smith, with seven. Miranda Weekley added a basket for two points. Summer Miller and Allie Miller each hit a free throw.
The third quarter put the game out of reach for the Knights as they outscored Ravenswood, 27-17, for a 21-point lead heading into the last eight minutes. The Red Devils outscored Tyler by one in the fourth frame, 22-21, but to no avail as the Silver Knights picked up their fourth win against two losses on the season. Weekley had six assists for the Knights. Jones had five steals, and Walton grabbed 10 rebounds. Smith added nine rebounds, and Phillips grabbed four – plus a pair of steals.
“Our girls came out and played a tough physical Ravenswood team. We were outsized, but yet we were able to keep them from gaining extra opportunities at the basket. Our defense looked really good for most of the game. We were able to change defenses, so Ravenswood couldn’t get comfortable on offense. Our offense fed off our defense. We were able to get some points and fast-break opportunities and finally seal the win at the end,” Coach Ben Thomas said.
Ravenswood was led by Lydia Alfred with 16 points, while Libby Hall and Shelby Howard each hit for 11points.
Tyler Gets Win Over Valley
The Silver Knights picked up their third straight win on Friday with a 64-43 victory on the road against Valley. Both teams played even in the first period, scoring 14 each, but neither team could find the basket in the second quarter. Valley gained a two-point halftime advantage with a 6-4 second frame score.
Tyler Consolidated came to life after halftime and poured in 21 points, compared to the Lumberjills’ 18. The Knights led by one point heading into the final eight minutes. Valley, however, fell apart in the final period, as they could only hit for five points while allowing the Silver Knights 20 points, and a 21 point win.
Josey Jones stepped up big for Tyler as she turned on the jets and offered up 27 points, 19 which came in the second half. Jones hit 13 field goals, including one 3-pointer, to lead the scoring on the night. She also added six steals, five rebounds and three assists. JoLee Walton backed up Jones with 12 points, including a three and an 8-13 showing at the free throw line. Senior backcourt mate with Jones – Peyton Kocher – pitched in nine markers, including a three. Regan Smith worked the boards for nine rebounds and added seven points in a good effort. Freshman Caleigh Phillips continued to improve and play well, adding five points to the Knights’ total, while Summer Miller got six rebounds and five points.
Leading the way for Valley was senior Jenna Dallison with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Caitlyn Underwood added 10 points, and Shyanne Moore came through with 10 points, including a 3-pointer. Emma Ueltschy pitched in two buckets for four points, and Janey West, Rachel Bates and Reagan Dallison each added two points.
Valley held the lead in rebounds, 34-31, but Tyler accounted for 32 free throws, compared to the Lumberjills’ nine. Tyler made 16 of 32 attempts at the line; Valley made 6-9. The Knights ended up shooting 43 percent from the floor, while Valley could only hit 18-54 tries.
“We are really coming together as a team. After our loss to Catholic we have started putting the pieces together and working on defense and our transition game. Each game seems to bring out a little more in these girls, and our younger kids are stepping up and making plays, ” Coach Ben Thomas said.
The Silver Knights moved to 5-1 with the win.