Kingsland girls win two to end 2018 schedule

Megan Schultz defends for the Knights in the game against Lyle/Pacelli. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland girls’ basketball team finished up the 2018 portion of the winter schedule with two non-conference wins before kicking off 2019 with a conference loss to Lyle/Pacelli on Thursday, Jan. 3.

The Knights knocked off Southland 56-48 on Thursday, Dec. 28, and then hit the road to Houston for a non-conference matchup with the Hurricanes, winning 67-62 in overtime. The Knights dropped a 60-47 contest to Lyle/Pacelli last Thursday night, falling to 6-4 overall (2-3 Southeast Conference).

Double-double vs. Southland

The Knights held serve on their home floor in a Thursday night, non-conference win over the Rebels (1-9), a former Three Rivers Conference opponent. A double-double from Lauren Buchholtz led the Knights, who were up 28-21 at halftime. Kingsland outscored Southland by one point (28-27) after the break to finish out the eight-point win, 56-48.

Buchholtz led the team with 21 points (10 of 19 shooting) and a game-high 22 rebounds. Ellie Buchholtz also finished in double figures with 15 points and a team-high five assists. Sam Wernimont nearly joined them in double figures by scoring eight points (two three-pointers). Lexi Smith led the Rebels with 15 and Larissa Goslee chipped in 11.

The Knights hit 34 percent of their shots from the field (24 for 70). Most of their offensive production came from inside the three-point line, where the team finished 21 of 50 (42%) from two-point range. The Knights hit just five of their 12 free throw attempts.

The big rebounding night from Lauren Buchholtz helped Kingsland grab an impressive 48 rebounds on the night, 17 on the offensive end. Meredith Farlinger pulled down eight rebounds and Ellie Buchholtz added seven boards.

The team finished with 12 assists, along with three steals and three blocked shots (one each from Nora Jahn, Farlinger, and Wernimont).

Big overtime at Houston

The Knights made it five wins in their last six games after an overtime win at Houston. Kingsland had to battle back from a nine-point deficit at the half (30-21) and outscored the Canes 35-26 in the second half, tying the game at 56. Ellie Buchholtz scored nine of the team’s 11 points in overtime to help win the non-conference game 67-62.

Buchholtz had a great game. After scoring just seven points in the first half, she knocked down five three-point baskets and went four of four at the free throw line to finish with a season-high 32 points. She just missed a double-double with eight rebounds, while dishing out four assists and getting a team-high four steals.

Lauren Buchholtz had another double-double, getting 13 points and 10 rebounds. Wernimont added eight points and Megan Schultz scored seven. The team hit 19 of their 62 shots (30%) from the field, including a solid eight of 27 outside the arc (30%).

Alyssa Rostad led the Hurricanes with 21 points and sophomore Emma Geiwitz had 18 points.

The Knights grabbed 35 rebounds against Houston and gave themselves a lot of second-chance scoring opportunities.  Of those 35 rebounds, more came on the offensive end (18) than the defensive side of the floor (17).

The team had 19 assists (Schultz, Audrey Webster with five each) and seven steals against Houston.

Hot L-P breaks streak

The second half turned out to be the difference in the ballgame as Kingsland started 2019 with a homecourt loss to Lyle/Pacelli (11-3, 6-0 SEC) on Thursday night. The Knights trailed the A’s by just five points at the half (27-22). L/P outscored the Knights 33-25 in the second half to win the game by 13 points. The A’s are one of the hottest teams in the SEC. Prior to a three-point loss to Hayfield on Dec. 28, L/P had won the previous 10-straight games.

The Knights didn’t have their most efficient night shooting the basketball, going 18 for 55 (32%). They scored almost as many points from three-point range (seven of 25, 21 points) as they did from two-point land (11 of 30, 22 points). Kingsland couldn’t generate a lot of extra scoring chances form the free throw line, hitting four shots in only seven attempts.

Lauren Buchholtz led the way with yet another double-double, getting 17 points and 17 rebounds. She got some help from Sam Wernimont, who hit four of eight three-point shots and finished with 12 points (three assists, two rebounds). Nora Jahn chipped in six points and a team-best three steals.

Olivia Christianson of L/P led all scorers with 22 points, while Abby Bollingberg scored 19, and Kayla Christopherson added 12 points.

The Knights shared the ball well, finishing with 14 assists (Megan Schultz five), seven steals (Audrey Webster two), and three blocked shots (Ellie Buchholtz two).


Kingsland was already scheduled to have a game in this week, kicking things off at Lewiston-Altura on Monday, Jan. 7. It only gets busier from there as the Knights play five games in seven days. They’re at Spring Grove on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Mabel-Canton on Friday, Jan. 11, and at Hayfield on Saturday. They host Kenyon-Wanamingo on Monday, Jan. 14, and then host Blooming Prairie on Jan. 15.