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Knights Split With Buffaloes

KSAL Staff - February 22, 2014 1:26 am

The opposite teams won in rematches between Sacred Heart and Republic County at Belleville Friday night. The Sacred Heart girls won 45-40, while the Republic County boys came from behind and held on for 56-54 victory.

After scoring the first basket of the girls game, Sacred Heart surrendered a 15-2 run. Republic County led 13-5 after the opening quarter and by ten points early in the second quarter. Trailing by ten a second time, the Knights answered with an 11-0 run of their own to reclaim the lead at 19-18. The teams traded the last points of the quarter and Sacred Heart led 21-20 at halftime.

In a low-scoring third quarter, each team only managed to score six points. Republic County led for the last time at 26-25 before the Knights regained a one-point lead heading into the final quarter. Sacred Heart led the entire fourth quarter and held on for a five-point win on the road.

The Knights improve to 7-12 overall and 3-8 in the NCAA league.

The boys first half was strangely similar to their first meeting in Salina ealier in the season. The teams were tied after the first quarter and the Knights led by three points at halftime. Sacred Heart began the second quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 20-13 lead. Republic County answered with a 7-0 run of their own to tie the score. The Knights regained the lead and were up 27-24 at hafltime.

The second half was dominated by fouls and free throws. Ultimately, the Buffaloes would win the free throw shooting contest. The Knights led 39-35 after three quarters, but a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Republic County the lead for good. For the second time in four nights, a Sacred Heart rally late in a game came up just short as the Buffaloes held on for a two-point win.

The Knights fall to 12-7 overall and 7-4 in the NCAA league.

Sacred Heart will finish its regular season at home Tuesday against Ellsworth.