by Jake Schroer
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
It was an up and down weekend for the Lady Knights basketball team.
The Knights faced Brainerd in the season opener and the defense was on display, forcing several turnovers throughout the game. Junior Bobbi Brendefur led all scorers with 17 points, scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the game.
“There wasn’t really anything that led up to it, I was just ready to play,” Brendefur said.
The Knights took the momentum and ran with it, amassing a 15-2 lead less than three minutes into the game. STMA was deadly from beyond the arc. Rae Johnson hit a three pointer to extend the lead to 23-2 in the Knights’ favor. Johnson finished with 14 points.
The lead just kept growing for the Knights, and the halftime score read 45-11 in favor of STMA. STMA never relinquished any part of its lead. Early in the second half, Jordyn Walker made several plays on her way to a 14 point night. Sydney Tracy chipped in eight points as well.
Brainerd struggled in all phases of the game, scoring fewer points in the second half than it had in the first. The Knights pulled away for a 75-21 victory.
Head coach Kent Hamre felt his team did well. The Knights debuted a brand new starting five in the game. Hamre was pleased with his team’s effort, but there were still things he saw that could be improved.
“I thought we got a little sloppy at times, and tried to force things that weren’t there, trying to make that ESPN pass to get into the Top Ten, and just got away from the basics a little bit.”
Hamre wanted to prevent his team from developing bad habits and noticed a couple of slip ups on the defensive side of the ball. He holds his team to a high standard and wants it to create its own identity this season.
“Our identity has always been play hard, play smart, play together, and it’s something we want to continue to do with these kids as well.”
Knights lose to Fergus Falls in Tip-off Classic
STMA suffered its first loss of the season in its game against Fergus Falls in the Hopkins Tip-off Classic.
Sydney Tracy scored 17 points to lead the Knights in defeat, with Lindsey Rederer adding 13 and Bobbi Brendefur adding seven. Hopkins’ leading scorer was Bailey Strand with a whopping 38 point game.
In the first half, the Knights played right with Fergus for the first few minutes, but the team went into a long funk and fell behind by a wide margin, head coach Kent Hamre said. The score was 41-18 Fergus Falls at halftime.
“We didn’t play with any confidence and we really let them dictate the game,” he added.
Hamre said his team came out and played with a lot more energy in the second half, as the Knights lost by a final score of 71-52.
“The second half we learned a few things about ourselves and know that we have a lot to work on to get where we want to go.”
The Knights play Bemidji on the road tomorrow night at 7 p.m.