Knights Fall To North Sentral Kossuth
GRAETTINGER – North Sentral Kossuth handed the Lady Knights of Graettinger/Terril a 68-39 setback in Cornbelt Conference girls basketball action Saturday evening at Swea City. The setback gives Graettinger/Terril a mark of 2-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in divisional play in the Cornbelt.
North Sentral Kossuth used a tough pressure defense to deny Graettinger/Terril many shooting opportunities, but when the Knights got shots, they were able to stay with their hosts, trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
However, NSK would pull away from the Knights in the second quarter, taking a 35-17 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, the Knights found a little rhythm for their offense, but NSK was hitting on all cylinders on both ends of the court and held a 52-30 lead going into the final quarter. The Knights battled hard but came up short in the 68-39 final tally.
For Graettinger.Terril, Malorie Girres scored 13 points and Theresa Peterson scored 10 points, while Leah Flaharty came away with six points. Liz Sparks would score four points, while Dakota Hovinga, Lindsay Flaharty and Amanda Oleson each scored two points for the Knights.
Defensively, Theresa Peterson pulled down 10 rebounds and two steals, while Dakota Hovinga dished out three assists.
“We played a very good NSK team who are good inside and outside on offense and attack you on defense,” noted G/T Co-Coach Roger Conway. “I feel we are getting better with our offense and when our shooting percentage improves, it will help us very much.”
The Knights make a trip to neighboring rivals Ruthven-Ayshire tonight (Tuesday) and then return home on Thursday night for a non-conference matchup with Laurens-Marathon before traveling to Armstrong-Ringsted Friday.