St. Mary’s hosted a boys/girls double header against Nicollet Friday, Dec. 15. The Knight boys continue to struggle to turn things around on the court this year.

St. Mary’s hosted a boys/girls double header against Nicollet Friday, Dec. 15. The Knight boys continue to struggle to turn things around on the court this year.

Nicollet 82

St. Mary’s 62

In the first half, the Raiders almost doubled St. Mary’s points—going 62 percent at field goals for the game, to the Knights’ 43 percent. On several occasions, the Knights gave up possession of the ball.

“I thought we lost our composure in the first half against Nicollet’s half-court trap,” said Coach Tim Milliard. “We had a number of bad turnovers that they converted into fast-break baskets. Nicollet also shot the ball exceptionally well in the first half.”

The second half was a hard fought comeback for the Knights, who actually outscored the Raiders, however the deficit built in the first half carried Nicollet to the win. “I thought the guys did a nice job of regrouping at halftime and played much better in the second half,” Milliard said.

Carter Currans led the Knights with 13 points, followed by Collin Ludewig with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Wabasso 60

St. Mary’s 55

The Knights played a closer game against the Wabasso Rabbits, during their second home double header Tuesday night.

Currans and Blake Steffensmeier push the Knights forward with seven and six points respectively. However, Wabasso senior, Tony Franta, took away any chance the Knights had of gaining the upper hand. He continued to sink threes throughout the first half, for a total of five.

“Wabasso surprised us in the first half with their three-point shooting,” Milliard said.

The second half came down to free throws for both teams. Brandon Wait sank two field goals and two free throws before fouling out. The Rabbits’ Franta also put up two more free throws.

“I thought we did a much better job defensively in the second half by creating a number of turnovers,” said Milliard. “We just didn’t convert those turnovers into points.”

Steffensmeier led the Knights with 13 points, followed by Currans with 12.

The Knights host Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Friday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.