In spite of the snow, the Lady Knights loaded the bus and hit the road to invade the BLHS Mustangs’ territory Tuesday, Jan. 23.

In spite of the snow, the Lady Knights loaded the bus and hit the road to invade the BLHS Mustangs’ territory Tuesday, Jan. 23.

St. Mary’s 73

BLHS 62

The cold didn’t numb the Knights fingers as they shot well in the first half—hitting seven of 10 free throws. Kelsie Kosak, who came back after a brief break from playing, dropped a three late in the half, advancing the board back in the Knights’ favor.

“It was a close game throughout,” said Coach Bruce Woitas. “We got into some foul trouble in the first half and that hurt us.” At halftime the Knights led by seven at 38-31.

In the second half, BLHS tied things up at 42-42. The Knights responded with an eight-point run, keeping the offensive rebounds from the Mustangs. The Mustangs then hit some foul trouble of their own, giving up 10 shots that Knights Jody Hansen, Sydney Windschitl, Mallory Helget and Madison Mathiowetz sank for the win. “We had some nice runs in the second half to open it up,” Woitas said. “And we hit our free throws.”

Hansen was everywhere, with 10 points, four steals and four assists. Mathiowetz led the offense with 18 points and five rebounds. Windschitl shot 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Cassie Heinrichs got 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Helget put up 12 points.

St. Mary’s 65

GFW 41

The Knights hit the road again on Thursday, this time taking aim at the GFW Thunderbirds.

Heinrichs got things going for the Knights on offense, with a quick layup and a three-point bomb. The T-birds gave Windschitl time at the free throw line and she hits both shots.

Mathiowetz continues to set herself apart in her first year on varsity, as one of St. Mary’s biggest weapons on the court. In the first half she hit her free throws, as well as five field goals, for 12 points. Meanwhile, the Knights kept GFW off pace on defense, making them give up shots. “We played a good defensive game, that set the pace for the game,” said Woitas. “We also took a 10-point lead.”

The T-birds managed a shot from inside the paint before the clock ran out and the Knights led 33-24 going into halftime.

In the second half, Hansen took the ball to the paint four times—hitting six points, as well as a free throw. The T-birds only managed 17 points in the second half and gave up rebounds trying to avoid fouls.

“Our defense was the story of the game tonight,” Woitas said. “We did great tonight. We also moved the ball well, giving us a good balance.”

Springfield 90

St. Mary’s 66

Springfield gave the Knights their third conference loss Monday night. The Tigers also got vengeance for their 54-45 loss early in the season to the Knights.

The Tigers hit a field goal and two bombs from the get-go, putting the Knights on notice. After setting the pace, the Tigers continued to hit shots and ran away with a 43-27 lead in the first half. “Springfield came out on fire,” Woitas said. “We couldn’t put it out. They kept it up all night and we didn’t have an answer.”

The Tigers led in everything, from shots to rebounds, and even fouls, maintaining authority on the court. Free throws kept the Knights in the game in the second half, with Hansen and Heinrichs each hitting four. But in the end, the Tigers pulled too far ahead for the Knights to close the gap. The Knights are now 9-3 in the conference and 16-3 overall.

Windschitl led with 17 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Mathiowetz put up 13 points and got six rebounds.

The Knights play the Rabbits in Wabasso, in a boys/girls doubleheader, Thursday, Feb. 1. Girls start at 6 p.m.