Graettinger/Terril Girls Split Matchups
GRAETTINGER – After falling behind early in their game with Laurens-Marathon last Thursday night, the Graettinger/Terril girls would fight back to force an overtime. But, some turnovers would come back to haunt the Knights in a 54-46 loss to the Chargers.
Coach Roger Conway’s squad fell behind 14-5 in the first quarter on Thursday night, but pulled themselves together to outscore Laurens-Marathon 13-6 in the second frame to cut their deficit to 20-18 at the intermission.
It took a determined offensive effort to counter the Laurens-Marathon defense in the first half and in the second half of the game, the Knights continued their attack by working their perimeter game.
When the third quarter ended, Graettinger/Terril still trailed by three points, 33-30, but the Knights were far from finished.
Senior Tasha Neilson was able to shake the Charger defense in the final quarter after being held in check for the first three periods, and dropped in eight points, including a bucket at the end of regulation to tie the game at 42-42.
Dakota Hovinga would drain a jumper to start the extra period for the Knights, but then lid fell shut on the basket. Some turnovers by the Knights would allow Laurens-Marathon to outscore G/T by a 12-4 tally in the overtime and escape with the 54-46 win over the Knights.
Despite being the target of the Laurens-Marathon defense, Tasha Neilson pulled off the double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds on the night, and also blocked a half-dozen shots in the process.
Dakota Hovinga added 12 points to the effort, while Morgan Matthews added five points. Lindsay Flaharty, Amanda Oleson and Tiffany Harris rounded out the efforts with four points each.
On Friday night, the Knights hosted Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne and closed out the first half of the season with a 45-26 statement.
“The girls gave a good effort but we lost our rhythm at times because of a scrappy CWL team,” said G/T coach Roger Conway. “Our defense played hard all night and we got good offensive shots. When our shots start to fall on a consistent basis it will make us much improved.”
The Knights would put up a 7-0 lead after the first quarter and then added a dozen points in the second quarter for a 19-3 lead at halftime.
Shaking off the effects of their overtime loss the night before, the Knights broke the game open in the third quarter with a 17 point effort to take a 36-12 lead going into the final quarter of the contest.
The Knights would coast to the 45-26 final margin of victory in the final quarter as the bench finished out the game.
Tasha Neilson and Morgan Matthews would share the scoring honors for Graettinger/Terril with 12 points each, with Dakota Hovinga adding 10 markers to the tally. Amanda Oleson chipped in four points, with Lindsay Flaharty and ?Maddy Schany both adding three points and Tiffany Harris rounded out the effort with one point.
Amanda Oleson would snare seven rebounds, while Tasha Neilson added six boards, as well as making seven steals and rejecting two shots. Dakota Hovinga also made six steals and Lindsay Flaharty dished out six assists to her teammates in the win.
Graettinger/Terril enters the holiday break with a 2-3 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Cornbelt.
The Knights resume action on Jan. 5 when they meet up with Harris-Lake Park in Lake Park.