Tough Night For Graettinger/Terril Hoopsters
Graettinger/Terril Boys Lose To Armstrong-Ringsted
GRAETTINGER – When two teams with history meet up, the competition always seems to be just a bit more intense than normal. Such was the case Tuesday with Armstrong-Ringsted and the Knights of Graettinger/Terril on the hardwood at Graettinger.
In a battle that saw the lead change 11 times, free throws in the waning seconds would give the visiting Mustangs of AR the 53-48 win over the Knights for their second loss in the Cornbelt Conference campaign.
“It was a very hard fought game,” said Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Brent Dyhrkopp. “We did a great job of battling back and had our opportunities to tie the game at the end. We just could not get the ball to go in.”
Getting the ball to go in the hoop was a major effort for the Knights in the first quarter, as they fell behind 15-8 after the opening eight minutes of the contest.
With Armstrong-Ringsted enjoying a slight height advantage, rebounding was a tough go at times as well for the Knights, but in the second quarter, Graettinger/Terril fought back and would rule the glass for a time, allowing the Knights to claim a 23-21 lead at the break.
The battle resumed in force in the second half, however, as once again, the Knights grew cold offensively, as they couldn’t get their shots to drop, and Armstrong-Ringsted retook the lead with a 41-35 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Graettinger/Terril would reel off 10 points from Eric Hatland, Colin Leiting, Cody Dyhrkopp and Beau Craig would carve away at the Mustangs’ lead, cutting it to a deuce with a half-minute to play in the game.
Fouling became the strategy for both clubs, as first the Mustangs wen to the foul line to take a 50-46 lead.
A quick offensive set by the Knights ended up with Beau Craig hitting a short jumper for the 50-48 tally with :17 to go in the game.
A big steal on the inbounds pass by Colin Leiting could have been huge as Leiting passed to Craig, but Craig was unable to get his shot to fall. Armstrong-Ringsted got the rebound and was fouled with :11 to go, putting the Mustangs at the line. AR got both shots for a 52-48 lead.
The Knights got the ball back and Cody Chapman launched a three ball that just missed the hole. A rebound for the Mustangs drew a foul, and a AR’s Spencer Clausen hit one of the free throws to ice the 53-48 final score for the visitors.
Graettinger/Terril was led by the big effort of Beau Craig, who had 21 points, including three 3-point baskets. Cody Dyhrkopp, Colin Leiting and Jessie Nissen all added six points each to the scoring coffers, while Cody Chapman chipped in four points and Ty Bisenius added two points.
“We seemed to be a step behind most of the time,” said G/T coach Brent Dyhrkopp. “We did play really hard and had great hustle, but just could never get over the hump.”
Graettinger/Terril will be at home on Friday as they host another old rival in North Sentral Kossuth.
Graettinger/Terril Girls Lose To Armstrong-Ringsted
The meeting of Graettinger/Terril and Armstrong-Ringsted on the court Tuesday night held all the promise of an intense battle, and it delivered all that and then some. When the horn finally sounded after 32 minutes of physical play, Armstrong-Ringsted had managed to escape with a 38-36 win over the Knights.
“It was a hard fought game to the end,” admitted Graettinger/Terril Head Coach Roger Conway. “Our young ladies battled back and had a shot at the horn, but the ball didn’t fall.”
It was a tough start for the Knight girls as Armstrong-Ringsted went on an 8-0 run to start the contest, but Graettinger/Terril came back to answer the Mustangs and trailed by a point at 9-8 at the end of the first quarter.
But Tiffany Harris would give the Knights their first advantage of the night early in the second quarter, but the Mustangs came back for a 10-2 run that would give AR a 19-12, seven-point advantage at the intermission.
Graettinger/Terril would find their offense in the second half of the contest, as they were able to cut into Armstrong- Ringsted’s advantage to trail by a digit after a layup by Harris ended the third quarter with a 24-23 tally.
In the final quarter, Harris would drop in three straight buckets to put Graettinger/Terril up 29-26 early, but AR?would answer in turn as the lead kept changing hands.
With time running down, AR would ride another scoring spurt out to a 38-29 advantage with just over 2:30 to go in the contest.
The Knights turned to junior Lindsay Flaharty, who drained a pair of jumpers from the key and then stepped to the charity stripe that would help cut the deficit to a pair with half a minute to go in the game.
A pair of missed free throws with :07 to go on the clock gave the ball back to the Knights, but a dash down the court and a driving jumper by senior Dakota Hovinga slipped off the side of the rim as the horn sounded for the 38-36 final. Tiffany Harris would lead Graettinger/Terril’s offense on this night with eight points, while Dakota Hovinga and Lindsay Flaharty both added seven points to the effort. Amanda Oleson and Morgan Matthews each added five points, while Tasha Neilson rounded out the effort with four points.
Dakota Hovinga and Amanda Oleson both pulled down five rebounds, while Oleson dished out four assists and Hovinga made six steals.
Graettinger/Terril will be at home on Friday when they host North Sentral Kossuth.