The Knights girls basketball team were looking for a win after their game against the Indians. Friday night, Jan. 12, they got it in a battle at MVL.

The Knights girls basketball team were looking for a win after their game against the Indians. Friday night, Jan. 12, they got it in a battle at MVL.

St. Mary’s 54

MVL 53

The MVL Chargers gave the Knights a run for their money in the first half. Sydney Windschitl and Madison Mathiowetz worked to keep their team on the board, scoring 11 of the 15 points in the half. Windschitl hit five of six free throws and a shot inside the paint. By half time, the Knights were trailing 28-15. “It was a slow first half,” Coach Bruce Woitas said. “We did not move the ball very well.”

The second half came down to the free throws. The Knights used their strength at the line to pull ahead, in spite of losing Windschitl late in the half to fouls. Cassie Heinrichs stepped up in a big way, putting up 13 points for the Knights, helping to secure their one point win.

“We found our energy in the second half and fought back,” Woitas said.

Mathiowetz was everywhere with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Heinrichs shot 15 points and got five rebounds. Windschitl followed with 10 points and four rebounds.

St. Mary’s 82

CMC 59

The girls traveled to Comfrey Tuesday night, to play the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars.

Team effort was the name of the game in the first half. In spite of struggling to break away from the Cougars in a big way, the Knights passed well—with everyone getting into the action. Jody Hansen sank a three and hit her free throws in the first half, while Heinrichs led with 10 of the team’s 29 points before halftime. The Knights pulled ahead by just one to make it 29-28 at halftime. “It was a slow start for us,” Woitas said.

In the second half, everybody got in on the action, sinking shots from everywhere. The Knights hit a five-point lead early and built from there. Mallory Helget had a standout performance with two field goals, three three-point bombs and sinking both of her free throws.

The Knights finished the game with five players in double digits. “We had a good balance again tonight,” said Woitas. “We had great ball movement.”

Heinrichs led with 20 points and 10 rebounds; Sydney Windschitl followed with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals; Mallory Helget hooped 15 points; Madison Mathiowetz hit 13 points, 11 rebounds, two assists; Hansen was everywhere with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The Knights travel to play the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.