Knights split pair of road games vs conference foes
By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
Records were made to be broken, or at least tied.
During STMA’s road game against the Princeton Tigers, Bobbi Brendefur became the second Knights basketball player in a week to tie Carly Rothstein’s school record for three point shots made in a game.
“It doesn’t really matter as long as you win the game, but it’s great to tie a record like that. It feels good,” Brendefur said.
Brendefur dropped 25 points on the Tigers. Sydney Tracy scored 14 and Rae Johnson added 13. The Knights got out to a big lead and never looked back. By halftime, STMA led 47-12. Ten Knights players scored in the game, including Erin Autio, Josie Burns and Nykeesha Greer. Burns also grabbed 10 rebounds.
From there, the Knights simply finished the game, winning by a final tally of 76-27.
Coach Hamre said all the hard work in the game paid off, and everything seemed to click. He also acknowledged Brendefur’s performance.
“When you’ve got a hot hand, you’ve got to keep going to the well as many times as you can.”
The Knights could not find the same dominance that defined their victory against Princeton when the team faced off against another bunch of Tigers from St. Cloud Tech.
STMA scored just 18 points in the first half. Coming off of her record-tying performance, Brendefur managed just a single point against St. Cloud Tech. The Knights defense kept the game somewhat close as the Tigers led 26-18 at the half.
The Knights fought hard in the second half but could not get the shots they needed. Autio led the team with 15 points. Johnson scored 14 and Tracy scored 12. The three produced all but seven of STMA’s points in the loss.
The Tigers won by a final score of 59-48.
Coach Hamre felt his team slipped after the great performance on Thursday.
“You want to talk about going from a hundred degrees to ten below, we did that going to Tech.”
Hamre said things had been going easily for the Knights and players as well as coaches put things in cruise control.
“You can’t do that against a good team,” he said.
The Knights hosted St. Francis on Monday night. More details on that game will come next week. STMA goes on the road against the North Branch Vikings on Friday.
Bobbi Brendefur, dribbling, became the second Knights basketball player in a week to tie Carly Rothstein’s school record for three point shots made in a game. (Photo by Jake Schroer)