Sacred Heart keeps its 41-straight league winning streak in tact with a 50-44 win over Russell on Tuesday night at Amos Morris Gym in Russell.
It was never easy though for the Knights. Russell raced out to an 18-5 toward the end of the first stanza.
The Knights though, would rally for an 18-3 extended run–including outscoring Russell 13-3 in the second quarter–to take a 23-21 halftime lead.
Sacred Heart stretched its lead to 40-31 going in to the final quarter and looked to be in control.
However, Russell–keyed by a double-flagrant on Sacred Heart, scored a four point possession, followed up by a Glen Law layup to pull to within one point, 45-44 with 1:13 remaining.
Russell tried for a go-ahead shot, but missed. Sacred Heart rebounded and was able to close out the game with clutch FTs to hold their league winning streak in tact.
Russell (2-3, 0-2 NCAA) was led by Tyler Whipple with 14 points and Austin Price’s 11 points.
Sacred Heart (3-2, 1-0 NCAA) saw 12 points from both Trace Leners and Tate Herrenbruck to help pace the Knights in the win.
Russell 49, SACRED HEART GIRLS 35
It was a cold shooting night for the Sacred Heart girls team and turnovers didn’t help their cause with Russell.
The Knights led 13-12 after one, but Russell’s Tiffany Dortland was too much as she powered the Lady Broncos 20 points–including 13 in the first half, as Russell led 23-17 at halftime.
Russell dominated the second half and coasted to their second league win as Sacred Heart was unable to figure out the Russell defense.
Russell (3-2, 2-0 NCAA) was led by Dortland with Emerson Nichols tallying 13 points.
Sacred Heart (3-2, 0-1 NCAA) was paced by Ally Cochran with 10 points.
Up next, Sacred Heart travels to Minneapolis for a rivalry double-header on Friday. Join both Rocking M Media Salina stations, FM 104.9 and 92.7 The New Zoo for simulcast coverage. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. for the girls, with the boys following immediately after.