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Knights Win Nail Biter

By Staff | Dec 24, 2019

Tyler Consolidated's Caleigh Phillips puts up a layup in the win over Ravenswood.

The Lady Knights varsity team won a close game to Ravenswood Thursday evening with a final score of 45-44 in a game that played out in two completely different halves.

The Lady Knights dominated the first half of the game by getting rebounds and working the ball around. They were making great passes in the painted area while Ravenswood settled for many outside shots. The Knights swarmed the ball and played great defense to take an eight point lead at the half.

The second half started with Ravenswood pressing the ball down court the court which gave Tyler a grocery list of headaches. It was quite certain that the press had these girls off their game. However, the Tyler girls were able to weather the storm through the third quarter to hold their eight point lead. Ravenswood’s press would eventually chisel away at the Lady Knight’s lead and with a minute to go in the game, Ravenswood took their first lead. You could feel the pressure weighing on these girls. Coach Thomas called a timeout to try to explain how to beat the press through good passing. The Lady Knights were able to successfully get the ball down the court when it mattered most and Caleigh Phillips hit a three pointer with approximately ten seconds left to take the lead back for the Lady Knights. The final ten seconds played out to be an inbounding battle as both team fought hard to get the ball in play. Finally, Tyler was able to hold off Ravenswood from getting any clean shots at the basket and the buzzer sounded with the Lady Knight the victor.

After the game Coach Thomas stated, “We were battle tested but our girls never gave up. It was a team effort. We won on the glass and our defense was really good. Ravenswood came out and pressed and put some pressure on us. We struggled at times to cross half court without getting trapped or turning the ball over. We will continue to make adjustments. It was a good win for our young program.”