G/T Splits With Storm Lake St. Mary’s
GRAETTINGER – The Knights of Graettinger/Terril picked up a split in a pair of non-conference wins Thursday night with a sweep of Storm Lake St. Mary’s at Storm Lake.
In the girls contest, Coach Roger Conway’s ballclub got out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter of play, and never had to look back as the posted the 56-36 victory over the Panther girls.
“The girls came out with good energy and effort, and this resulted in a more aggressive defense, which helped out confidence at the offensive end of the court,”?noted Conway.
After expanding their lead to 31-17 at the intermission, the Knight girls went on to post a 44-25 advantage at the end of the third quarter on their way to the 56-36 victory.
Graettinger/Terril was led by the 21 point effort of Tasha Neilson, while Dakota Hovinga added 19 points to the effort. Lindsay Flaharty came up with seven points, with Morgan Matthews added four points. Amanda Oleson nd Maddy Schany both scored two points and Tiffany Harris added a free throw for one point.
Defensively, Dakota Hovinga grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five assists.
“We did a nice job of attacking the basket and moving the ball that gave us better shots and a good shooting percentage,” Conway noted.
In the boys game, Graettinger/Terril trailed 18-7 after the first quarter and fell behind by 20 points, 30-10, at the intermission in their 67-24 loss to the Panthers.
St. Mary’s would take a 49-20 lead after three quarters and went on to claim the 67-24 win.
“St. Mary’s really gave us trouble,”?noted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Brent Dyhrkopp. “We had a tough time keeping track of them. They beat us up the court and to the ball throughout the game.”
Graettinger Terril got 13 points from Beau Craig, while Eric Hatland added five points, Jesse Nissen chipped in three points, while Cody Dyhrkopp added two points and Blaze Alesch rounded out the effort with a free throw.
“St. Mary’s forced us into turnovers and picked our defense apart,” Dyhrkopp noted. “They are as good as or better than their record and rankings show.”