By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The Lady Knights basketball team traveled to northern Minnesota and came away with a pair of victories.
STMA thumped Bemidji 60-24 on Friday. The Knights jumped out to a 14-2 lead using defensive intensity. By the time the game ended, the defense had forced Bemidji into 35 turnovers. The intensity was so great that Bemidji burned three timeouts in the first three minutes.
When halftime came, the Knights led 35-10.
Sydney Tracy and Bobbi Brendefur led the way for the Knights by combining for 31 points and 11 steals. Krista Slavin contributed seven points of her own while Tracy grabbed six rebounds and Brendefur dished out 4 assists.
Coach Hamre credited his team for playing at a high level after a long bus ride.
“They were ready,” Hamre said. Rae Johnson tallied six points in the win.
The Lady Knights were up bright and early on Saturday for a trip to Moorhead, where the Spuds hosted them on the campus of Minnesota State-Moorhead. Four players scored in double figures for the Knights, who grabbed another convincing victory, 79-31.
Brendefur led STMA’s scorers with 14 points. Tracy was next in line with 13. Erin Autio, returning from college visits, scored 11, and Kitri Zezza scored 10. Lizzy Heil scored seven points and grabbed five boards for the Knights.
The Knights outscored the Spuds 41-14 in the first half, and 38-17 in the second half.
Hamre called it a total team effort, and praised the team for both victories over the weekend.
“Both games saw all players on the roster getting minutes and contributing to the victories.”
Rae Johnson had 13 assists in the two games, and Jordyn Walker grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Knights host Minnetonka tomorrow night.