The Knights and Mavericks battled through regulation and into overtime Tuesday night.
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The Knights got back onto the hardwood Tuesday night Nov. 27 against the Martin County West Mavericks. The Knights jumped out to a quick 24-11 lead early in the first half. However, the Knights flooded themselves with a flurry of turnovers and missed free throws to allow MCW back into the game as the Mavericks went on an 18-3 run to end the first half to take a 29-27 lead going into the locker room.
MCW came out of the second half rolling as they extended their lead as they found their stroke from the outside. The Mavericks took a 53-44 lead with just under four minutes to go, looking to close out the game in their favor. St. Mary’s had different plans.
St. Mary’s brought the score within two to 53-51 when freshman Reagan Severson nailed two free throws. The Knights tied the game with :53 seconds remaining off a bucket from senior Cassie Heinrichs. The Knights and Mavericks would exchange missed baskets as they looked to take the lead with time winding down.
With 16.8 seconds left in regulation, Alexa Owens fought for the ball and the Knights recovered possession on a jump ball. The Knights looked to take home the victory but a Heinrichs three-pointer from the left elbow rimmed out and the game went to overtime.
In overtime, Heinrichs tied the game at 57 with just under a minute remaining. MCW drew up a play and held possession as time ticked down and Marissa Whitehead banked home a lay-up to take the lead with eight seconds remaining. The Knights would storm down the court and attempt a three-pointer as time expired, but time ran out on the Knights.
The Knights will look to improve on taking care of the ball and improving their free throw percentage as they host New Ulm Cathedral Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Knights are now 2-1 overall on the season.
St. Mary’s was led by Madison Mathiowetz with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals. Heinrichs added 16 points and six rebounds.