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Sacred Heart Girls Take 7th at SIT, Boys Finish 6th

KSAL Sports - January 24, 2014 10:57 pm

Sacred Heart finished its games in the SIT Friday with 6th and 7th place finishes in their respective brackets.

The girls team beat Clay Center 39-35, while the boys lost to Andover 58-33.

In a girls game that featured 12 ties and six lead changes, the teams traded the first four baskets of the game. The Lady Tigers took their first lead at 7-4, but the Lady Knights answered by scoring the last four points of the first quarter for a one-point lead. Clay Center reclaimed the advantage early in the second quarter at 10-8 and again at 13-10. Just as they did in the opening quarter, Sacred Heart scored the last four points of the second frame and led 14-13 at halftime.

Clay Center went ahead 16-14 early in the quarter and led throughout, but never by more than three points. With the score 23-21, a last-second shot by Cara Donley tied the score at 23-23 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Lady Knights took the biggest lead of the game by either team at 31-27. With the scored tied for the 12th time at 33-33, Sacred Heart went ahead 37-33 and held on for a four-point win.

The Knights improve their overall record to 3-9 and break a nine-game losing streak. Donley led Sacred heart in scoring with 28 points.

The Sacred Heart boys were less fortunate in their game Friday night. In a low scoring first quarter, the Knights were held without a field goal and outscored 8-2. Andover broke the game open in the second quarter as they scored 19 points while again allowing just two Sacred Heart free throws. The Trojans led 27-4 at halftime.

In the third quarter, a Colton Von Lintel three-pointer stopped the Knights drought from the field. Andover led 44-16 after three quarters on their way to a 25-point win. Despite the lopsided score, Sacred Heart battled until the final buzzer. On a positive note, the Knights shot 19-of-28 from the free throw line for 68%.

Sacred Heart falls to an overall record of 8-4. Tate Richards led the Knights in scoring with 12 points.