Minneapolis and Sacred heart squared off for the second time this season tonight, this time in Salina. Both Lions teams looked to settle the score after being swept on their home court earlier in the season.
The night began with the girls game, and it did not dissapoint. Both teams played hard defense all the way through, and it resulted in plenty of lead changes throughout the entire contest. They found themselves at gridlock with 2 minutes to go, neither team able to do anything to pull away.
Sacred Heart was barely able to outlast the Lions, after shutting them down on a final possession, down 1. The final score; 40-39.
Scoring leaders for Minneapolis: Kylie Fuller with 16, and Karisma Vignery with 12.
Scoring leaders for Sacred Heart; Ally Cochran with 12, Emily Everett with 10, Amber Palen with 8.
The boys game was a well fought game as well, but did not feature any lead changes after the first half.
The first half was a pretty back and forth contest, with both teams showing good offensive output. Kaden Griffin lead the way for Minneapolis with solid post play in the first half, and put up 8 of Minneapolis’ 24 points. On the other side, Tate Herrenbruck lead the Knights to a first half lead with 13 points in the first quarter. Halftime score: 29-24.
The second half featured a stellar offensive performance from the Knights, with surges from Minneapolis to keep it going. Sacred heart held a 10 point lead late in the third quarter, when back to back to back three pointers from Trent Moeckle cut it down to one. It did not take long for Sacred heart to extend their lead again to 12. With 2:20 left to go in the game, Sacred heart lead by 12 points, but the Lions never packed it up. Coach John Darrow made sure his team played hard until the final whistle. When Tate Herrenbruck fouled out, Sacred Heart suffered a bit of a misstep, and the Lions started to chip away and their lead. With 1:11 on the clock, Minneapolis was down by 10 points. A very quick 6 points from Minneapolis without the ball crossing the half court line made the game very interesting. Minneapolis kept making good plays, and playing hard defense on Sacred Heart, but the Knights outlasted the Lions and came away with the victory. Final score: 70-66.
Scoring Leaders for Minneapolis: Trent Moeckle with 20, Kaden Griffin with 15.
Scoring Leaders for Sacred Heart: Tate Herrenbruck with a season high 25, and Charlie Skidmore with 23.