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Sacred Heart Splits With Minneapolis

KSAL Sports - December 20, 2013 11:04 pm

In a pair of games that began the same way, Sacred Heart and Minneapolis split a boys and girls doubleheader on Friday. The Lions won the girls game 61-37, while the Knights won the boys game 61-51.

The girls game began with the teams trading baskets in the opening 30 seconds. Sacred Heart never led in the game and the 2-2 tie was followed by an 8-0 Minneapolis run. After the first quarter, the Lady Lions led 19-8. Three 3-point baskets by Lindsay Shupe helped Minneapolis extend its biggest lead of the first half to 25 points and the Lady Knights trailed 35-14 at halftime.

The second half scoring was nearly even as both teams scored 11 third quarter points and Minneapolis outscored Sacred Heart 15-12 in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Minneapolis led 46-25 after the third quarter and were ahead by as many as 27 points in the second half as they went on for a 24-point win.

The Lady Knights fall to 2-4 and 0-2 in the NCAA league. Cara Donley led Sacred Heart with 14 points and Tracie Thibault scored 12 points.

In the boys game, the two teams also traded baskets in the opening minute, but it was a Sacred Heart run that kept them on top for the rest of the game. After trailing 2-0 and 5-2, a 9-0 run by the Knights gave them the lead for good. Sacred Heart led 15-11 after the first quarter and 33-21 at halftime after being in front by as many as 14 points in the first half.

Minneapolis closed the gap to single-figures and were within eight points, but that was as close as they would get. Sacred Heart led by as many as 18 points in the second half, took a 50-33 advantage into the fourth quarter, and held on for a 10-point win.

The Knights improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCAA league. Tate Richards led Sacred Heart in scoring with 13 points. Kane Comfort added 11 points and Brooks Brown scored 10 points.

The Sacred Heart boys and girls teams will next face Southeast of Saline on the road in Gypsum on January 7, 2014.