Kingsland girls have big game vs. Rushford-Peterson

Audrey Webster looks for an open Kingsland teammate in a big win against Rushford-Peterson. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland girls’ basketball team did its best work of the early season on the offensive end of the floor in coming up with a 64-42 win at home over Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The Buchholtz sisters combined for 44 of the team’s 64 points in the win. The Knights have won two in a row and now sit at 3-2 (1-2 Southeast Conference).

High score for season

The Kingsland offense got going with their highest-scoring game of the young season. After starting the year 1-3 against conference opponents, the Knights picked up their second-straight win against non-conference foes. With the win, they moved over the .500 mark at 3-2 on the season. The Knights, 1-2 in Southeast Conference play, are currently fourth in the SEC East Division standings.

Lauren and Ellie Buchholtz had big nights on the offensive end of the floor. The sisters both had double-doubles, combining for 44 of the team’s 64 points. Lauren led the team with a game-high 24 points (nine of 10 free throws) and 14 rebounds. Ellie added 20 points and 14 rebounds. They both finished with five assists apiece.

The team hit 21 of its 54 shots from the field (38 percent), including four of 11 from long-range (37 percent). Six of the other eight players on the Knights’ roster each had at least one basket. Sam Wernimont added six points, with Megan Schultz and Shelby Beck each contributing four points.

Kingsland excelled at the free throw line, where they outscored the Trojans by 10 points (18-8). The team hit 18 of 23 free throws, including 11 of 12 in the second half to make sure the Trojans couldn’t get back into the game. R-P hit eight of their 16 free throw attempts.

The Knights led a close game by six points at halftime (29-23) before outscoring the Trojans 35-19 in the second half to put the game away. Senior guard Abby Hoegh was the only Rushford-Peterson player in double figures with 19 points. Payton Hoiness and Alyssa Helgemoe each added six points.

Another big key to the Kingsland win was rebounding. The Knights gave themselves plenty of second-chance opportunities off of missed shots, pulling down 17 of the team’s 54 rebounds on the offensive end of the floor.

The Knights were also unselfish with the basketball, generating 16 assists.


The girls played a non-conference game at home against Cannon Falls on Thursday, Dec. 20, and then traveled to Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Friday night, taking on the Bulldogs before they break for the Christmas holiday. Results for those games will be in the next edition as this week’s early holiday edition was going to press at the time of the later games last week. Kingsland will host Southland this Thursday, Dec. 27, and then will head to Houston on the next night for a matchup with the Hurricanes.