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Sacred Heart Splits With Beloit

KSAL Sports - January 29, 2014 1:03 am

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In a wild doubleheader Tuesday in Salina, the Sacred Heart girls held on for a 48-46 win, while Beloit won the boys game, in overtime, by a score of 57-54.

Sacred Heart opened the girls game on a 6-0 run, thanks in part to Beloit shooting 0-for-5 from the free throw line in the first quarter. After the opening eight minutes, the Lady Knights led 6-2. Sacred Heart also scored the first five points of the second quarter to take what would be their biggest lead of the game at 11-2. That was immediately followed by a 10-0 Beloit run to give the Lady Trojans their first lead of the game. From that point until the end of the quarter, the teams traded baskets and the lead. At halftime, Beloit held an 18-17 advantage.

Sacred Heart exploded for five three-point field goals and 19 third quarter points to take a 36-32 lead. Tracie Thibault made three of the five three-pointers, one of which broke a 28-28 tie score and gave the Lady Knights a lead they wouldn’t give up. Sacred Heart extended its lead to six points early in the fourth quarter, but Beloit cut it all the way down to a single point at 47-46. A late Maddie Donatell free throw was the final point as Sacred heart held on for a two-point win.

Cara Donley led the Lady Knights with 22 points, Thibault added 15 points, and Sara Vandervoort scored six points off the bench. Sacred Heart has now won two straight games and improve to a 4-9 record and 1-5 in the NCAA league.

After the Knights took an early 1-0 lead in the boys game, Beloit went ahead 5-1. That turned out to be the Trojans’ biggest advantage of the entire game. After tie scores of 5-5 and 7-7, Sacred Heart held the lead for the rest of the first quarter. A Brooks Brown buzzer-beater made the score 15-9 after the opening eight minutes. Beloit came back in the second quarter to reclaim the lead at 18-17. After A 19-19 tie, the Knights went back on top, taking a 30-23 lead with them into the locker room at halftime.

Sacred Heart took its biggest lead of 34-25 early in the third quarter, but Beloit came back with a 12-2 run to go ahead by a point. The Knights scored once more to go ahead 38-37 heading into the fourth quarter. The Knights maintained the advantage, but with the score 45-42, a three-point basket and free throw gave Beloit a successful four-point play and another one-point lead at 46-45. Sacred Heart took back the lead at 47-46, but that would be their final time in front in regulation. Clutch free throws down the stretch by Jerrod Toogood tied the score at 49-49 and 51-51 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Knights held the ball and ran the clock for nearly two minutes. Sacred Heart also drew two fouls, resulting in free throws to make the score 53-51. Beloit answered to tie the game at 53-53. The game was also tied one final time at 54-54 before the final three-point play in the final seconds gave Beloit a three-point road victory.

The Knights were lead in scoring by Tate Richards with eleven points. Austin Kack added ten points off the bench, and Toogood scored nine points. Sacred Heart is now 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the NCAA league.

Sacred Heart will face Hutchinson Trinity at home Friday night. The games will be broadcast on Classic Hits 104.9 and online at 1049classichits.com.

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