St. Mary's senior Cassie Heinrichs become the ninth-player in program history to hit the 1,000 career point milestone.
The Knights girls’ basketball game against the Mustangs was postponed due to weather and was rescheduled for Feb. 19 in Sleepy Eye.
The Lady Knights traveled to Winthrop to take on the T-Birds Friday night in a rescheduled game from the day previous. The Knights came out on top as Madison Mathiowetz led the team with 22 points. Sydney Windschitl also shot 7-of-12 from the field to tally 20 points.
Coach Bruce Woitas was happy with the team’s fast start as they leaped out to a 17-2 lead early. GFW fought back the remainder of the first half as the Knights went into the locker rooms with a four-point lead. Woitas and his staff worked in a new zone defense before the matchup. “I thought we played well tonight, we had been working on a new zone defense and used that in the second half and it went well.”
Madison Mathiowetz had 30 points for the Knights, but the night belonged to Knights’ senior Cassie Heinrichs. Coming into the game against Alden-Conger, Heinrichs needed 15 points for the 1,000 career point milestone. Going into halftime with the game tied at 21, Heinrichs had five points, needing 10 more for 1,000. Heinrichs scored 13 second-half points to lead the Knights to victory and scored her 1,000th point on the front-end of a one-and-one free throw attempt with 2:13 remaining in the game.
Heinrichs became the 9th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, an accomplishment that came through her hard work in the offseason. The three-sport athletes hard work does not go unrecognized by coaches and teammates alike. Heinrichs puts a lot of time in that people do not see, and Monday night it all paid off for the senior.
There was a deadly silence during Heinrichs’ free-throw attempt, but that faded quickly as she made the free throw with ease. After making the free throw, the senior immediately walked into the crowd and shared the moment with her mother. Look for Cassie’s congratulatory piece in next week’s Herald-Dispatch.
The victory puts the Knights at 16-6 overall as they enter the final stretch of the regular season.
The Knights’ game against Lake Crystal-Welcome-Memorial was postponed due to weather Tuesday night and was rescheduled to Feb. 22 and will now be a road game at Lake Crystal. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys’ will follow at 7:30 as the Knights will participate in another girls/boys doubleheader.