Kingsland boys fall in only game played last week

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The Kingsland boys’ basketball team lost a game to winter weather to start last week and then fell to Zumbrota-Mazeppa when the weather cleared.

The Southeast Conference game at LeRoy-Ostrander on Tuesday, Jan 29, was moved to this Saturday, Feb. 9. The team did get to host Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday night, Jan. 31. A slow first half for Kingsland turned out to be the difference in the game, which the Knights lost 75-59.

The team is 9-9 (6-3 Southeast Conference) overall with just eight games left in the regular-season schedule.

The Knights wrapped up the month of January with a tough home test against Class AA Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The Cougars, out of the Hiawatha Valley Conference, came in with 10 wins in their first 15 games of the season. Their offense had topped the 70-point mark in seven of their 15 games, a mark the Cougars (11-5) would extend in their 75-59 win in Spring Valley.

One highlight for the Knights came when Wyatt Pruter hit the 1,000th point of his career. He only needed 12 to reach the milestone, about half his total for the night.

The Knights came out of the locker room and started slowly at both ends of the floor in the first half, finding themselves down by 14 points (41-27) at halftime. They played better basketball at both ends after the break but were still outscored 34-32 and wound up dropping the non-conference game by 16 points (75-59).

Pruter and Zach Hauser were the only Knights in double-figures, while Reid Kruegel almost made it three. Pruter (23 points), Hauser (15), and Kruegel (eight) combined to score 46 of the team’s 59 points. The rest of the roster combined for 13 points. Eleven of those 13 points came from just two players, Lucas Howard (six points) and Nick Wernimont (five).

The Knights scored more points from long-range than in closer to the basket. They also attempted 25 more shots from outside the perimeter than they did down low. Kingsland hit 11 of 42 shots (26%, 33 points) outside the arc. From two-point range, the team made nine of 17 shots (52%, 18 points). The team hit eight of its 15 free throws.

Hauser led the team with seven of the Knights’ 25 total rebounds. The Knights did a great job of getting second-chances at points, pulling down 16 offensive rebounds. Kruegel and Pruter each added five boards.

Defensively, the team had nine steals (Kruegel, four) and eight pass deflections, while only turning it over six times themselves. Kruegel had two blocked shots to lead the team while Pruter added one.


The Kingsland boys have a lot of basketball to play over the next week as the season is officially in crunch time. The week already got its start on Monday, Feb. 4, with a nonconference game scheduled at home against Chatfield. It’s off to Houston on Thursday, Feb. 7, for a road game at Houston, looking to sweep the three-game series with the Hurricanes. The teams have already played twice (one was non-conference over the holidays). The team plays the makeup at LeRoy-Ostrander on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The following week starts on Monday, Feb. 11, with the first of four-straight games at home to end the regular season, against Fillmore Central. Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Knights host Glenville-Emmons.