If you watched the Lady Knights play last year and then you watched on Saturday you would notice some changes and some similarities. Last year the Ladies depended heavily upon a suffocating press to defeat Life Church. This year, the press was totally absent. The result, however, was the same as Kirksville defeated Life Church 56-12.
Lindsay Howd led the Lady Knights with 12 points and numerous rebounds. Cambre Britt added 11 points of her own as well as some pretty nifty defense. Danika Askew, Naomi Rider, Chalee Britt, Joy Tilinski, and Megan Huber all added 6 points apiece. Kris Sturm chipped in 4 to round out the scoring. Everyone on the roster scored in the second half and the defensive pressure kept the Lady Lions off of the board until deep into the 3rd quarter.
During the game, the Lady Knights hit four 3-pointers, including two by newcomer Huber. Last season saw several games where the team did not make a single shot behind the arc.
The Lady Knights play Thursday at Sunnydale. The game starts at 6 pm. Last year Kirksville won both meetings with Sunnydale, including an exciting come-from-behind victory by one point in last seasons opening game.
The Kirksville Knights scored at will Saturday afternoon as they pulled away from an over-matched Life Church Lions squad 68-21. The game was never in doubt as the Knights scored the games first ten points, but it was never as pretty as one might expect. Hampered by a “no fast break” rule that was ordered by the coaches, the Knights managed plenty of shots and rebounds.
Chance Britt led the Knights with 22 points followed by Peter Willis’ 15. Jonathan Rider, started the season with a 3-pointer, added 11 while Ross Noe tallied 8. Titus Fansler, the team’s lone senior, added 6 points as did Austin Stroud.
The Knights play Thursday (November 12) at Sunnydale. Last year the Knights swept the Sunnydale squads.
The Junior Lady Knights survived a very close game with Life Church Saturday, 4-2. Chalee Britt and Alexandra Gregory both scored to lead the girls to an opening game victory.
Several young ladies played in their very first game as members of the team. Grace and Hanna Chang, Abigail Rider, and Whitney Neil took the court for the first time while Hosanna Rider started her second season on the team.
The Kirksville Junior Boys team fell just short in Overtime vs. Life Church Saturday. It was the first game for both teams and it was exciting. Trailing by two with time running out Life Church hit a shot at the “buzzer” which at first was waived off, but later, after review with the referees and the clock team, was to be counted. The Junior Knights were led in scoring by Andy Killen’s 7 points and Joel Joplin’s 6. D. Harrelson chipped in a basket to round out the scoring for the boys.
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.
The Kirksville Junior Lady Knights played 3 games at Putnam County on Saturday and came away with 2 victories and nearly won the third.
In the first game of the day, the Junior Knights were scheduled to play a 5th grade team from Kirksville, but that team never showed up. So an older Putnam County team, arguably the best in the tourney, stepped in to play. In a surprising display of offense, both teams traded 4-point leads throughout the contest. Putnam scored first in the contest, but the Lady Knights quickly countered with a few lay-up baskets of their own.Though Putnam outlasted the Knights 22-18, Kirksville held their own against the older, and fresher team. Putnam had 10 players while Kirksville had only 6.
The Lady Knights were led in scoring by Bethany Fountain’s 8 points. Sarah and Lydia Belzer each added 4 points while Chalee Britt scored 2.
In the second game, the Knights fared much better by running away from Green City 30-12. This game was never in doubt from the beginning as the Junior Ladies led from start to finish. Strong offense showings were common as Chalee Britt paced Kirksville with 12 points and Bethan Fountain added 8. Sarah Belzer followed her first games tally with 6 more in the second game. First year player Abby Allison scored 4 second half points to round out the scoring for Kirksville.
In the final game of the day, the Junior Knights outlasted Schuyler County 24-16. Kirksville spotted the Lady Rams a 6-2 lead before storming back to overtake the smaller Rams in the second half. Chalee Britt and Bethany Fountain led Kirksville with 8 points apiece and Sarah Belzer added 4 more. Lydia Belzer chipped in 2 points and did an outstanding job of running the point guard position for most of the day. Finally, Hosanna Rider scored the first basket of her brief career as a Lady Knight to loud cheers from the bench.
For the year, all of the members of the Lady Knights have scored and each has displayed increasingly aggressive defensive and offensive skills. Though this may have been the last official Junior game (Heartland pending) the Juniors have worked hard and have improved in every aspect of the game.
Junior Knights, we are all very proud of you!
My apologies the Bethany Fountain. I could not find your photo for this article, but will upload it as soon as I get a new copy of it.
The Junior Knights have been invited to play in the Putnam County Tournament on Saturday, February 7 in Unionville. The ladies are going to play 3 games in all, but the opponents have yet to be determined. Since the Ladies are comprised of two 10-year olds, tw0 11-year olds, and two 12-year olds, the Lady Knights will be participating inthe 5th grade bracket.
The games will be played as follows:
- 8:50 am @ Putnam Elementary School
- 10:00 am @ Putnam High School
- 1:00 pm @ Putnam High School
This tournament will provide good competition for the younger players and will give them a taste of tournament action for the first time in their lives.
Team members who will be participating are 12-year olds Bethany Fountain and Sarah Belzer, 11-year olds Chalee Britt and Abby Allison, & 10-year olds Lydia Belzer and Hosanna Rider.
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