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Knights Split With Buffaloes

KSAL Sports - January 14, 2014 11:21 pm

The Sacred Heart Knights played their first home games in 2014 Tuesday night and split a doubleheader with the Republic County Buffaloes. Republic County held on to win the girls game 35-32 while the Sacred Heart boys came from behind for a 58-50 victory.

In the girls game, Republic County lead early 4-0 and 6-2. Megan Stein scored the lone basket for the Lady Knights in the opening quarter. With the score 9-2 heading into the second quarter, Republic County added to their lead, going up by ten points twice at 16-6 and 18-8. Sacred Heart fought back to cut the lead back to single digits and made the score 20-14 at halftime.

The Lady Knights continued their comeback and tied the game 21-21 in the third quarter, but couldn’t take the lead. The Lady Buffaloes clung to a 25-23 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Sacred Heart tied the score for a second time at 29-29, but again could not take the lead. Trailing 33-29 in the final minute of the game, a Maddie Donatell three-pointer cut the lead to one point, but that was as close as the Lady Knights could get. Republic County added two more points to lead wire-to-wire and go on for a tough road win.

Sacred Heart has now lost six straight games and falls to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the NCAA league.

The boys game started slowly offensively, but eventually the teams began to trade baskets and light up the scoreboard. Sacred Heart led by as many as three points in the first quarter and Republic County had a two-point advantage early in the game. The game was tied 17-17 heading into the second quarter. The Knights opened the second period with a 9-0 run to take what would be their biggest lead of the game. The Buffaloes came back with the next six points to cut the deficit to 26-23. Sacred Heart held another three-point lead of 28-25 at halftime.

Republic County turned the tide of the game to that point in the third quarter tying the score at 32-32 and 34-34. The Buffaloes led for the remainder of the quarter and took a 45-37 lead into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Sacred Heart exploded for the first eight points to tie the score at 45-45 and again at 47-47. A single free throw gave the Buffaloes their final lead at 48-47, but an 11-2 run to end the game gave the Knights an eight-point come-from-behind win.

Sacred Heart improves to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the NCAA league.

The Knights next games will be on the road at Ellsworth on Friday night.