The Columbia Lady Warriors received the opening tip thanks to 6’1″ Dakota Evans obvious advantage. However, a quick steal and lay-up by Danika Askew started an avalanch of points by the Lady Knights in route to a 40-32 victory.
The game’s final score was in no way an indication of how the game went. The Lady Knights hounded the Warriors continually and built near 20-point leads on several occasions. To put this into perspective, on December 5 the Columbia Ladies pounded the Knights 46-20 behind Dakota’s 23 points. On this night, however, stingy defense kept her in check and limited her to modest 16 points with only 4 coming after half-time.
Danika Askew led the Knights with 13 points while Joy Tilinski added 12 more. Both Tilinski and Askew along with Maggie Belzer and Cambre Britt continually harassed the visitors by stealing errant passes and picking up loose balls. On the night there were several falls by players on both teams as humidity levels made for a slippery playing surface. The officials decided to prevent any turnovers by slipping players or the final outcome could have been much worse.
In the 4th quarter Columbia turned a blowout into a closer game with a few wild shots, including a 3-pointer. The Knights never panicked, though, and held on for the final margin.
Naomi Rider chipped in 5 points, while Lindsey Howd and Cambre Britt added 4 apiece. Maggie Belzer contributed 2 points. Howd and Tilinski worked together wonderfully to shut down Dakota in the second half, while Naomi and Bethany Fountain added solid inside defensive performances as well in helping the Knights to the win.
With the win, the Lady Knights were able to avenge their only defeat of the year.