Knights’ offense flows, then hits brakes next night

Nora Jahn fights to put up a shot for the Knights vs. Southland. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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The Kingsland girls’ basketball team played well at both ends of the floor during a 65-39 win over Lanesboro on Thursday, Dec. 20. The next night, the team had a stiff test at state-ranked Goodhue, where the Knights couldn’t overcome an ice-cold first half of shooting in a 66-38 loss that snapped a three-game winning streak.

The Knights are 4-3 overall (2-2 Southeast Conference).

Offense flows vs. Lanesboro

The Knights’ offense flowed against the Burros as four Kingsland players wound up in double figures. Kingsland doubled up the Burros 34-17 at halftime. The Knights won the second half 31-22 before finishing with a 26-point win over Lanesboro. Four players wound up in double figures, with eight of the 10 players on the roster getting at least one point.

Lauren and Ellie Buchholtz were the top two scorers, but they had plenty of help. Ellie scored 14 points while Lauren added 13. Sam Wernimont and Shelby Beck each added 11 points. Audrey Webster scored seven points and Meredith Farlinger chipped in with six points.

Kingsland hit 26 of 72 shots (37%), including five of 17 on three-pointers (39%). Kingsland hit just eight of their 17 free throws (47%) on the night. The offensive rhythm showed in the team’s 17 assists (Lauren Buchholtz, Ellie Buchholtz, Beck each with five).

Payton Benson led Lanesboro with nine points, all on three-pointers. Emily Snyder added eight points and Lexie Johnson scored seven.

The Knights hit the boards hard, grabbing a total of 41 rebounds (17 offensive). Lauren Buchholtz led the team with seven rebounds and freshman Shelby Beck chipped in with six boards.

Defensively, the team had one of its best efforts of the season with 15 steals. Lauren Buchholtz led the team with five steals and Beck picked up three thefts of her own. Farlinger had both of the team’s blocked shots.

Tough loss to Goodhue

The week ended with a tough road test at Goodhue, ranked at No. 8 in the Class A top 10 last week. The Wildcats showed some teeth on the defensive end, limiting the Knights offense to only 12 points in the first half (led 40-12). The second half was much more competitive as each team scored 26 points, but the first half lead was too much to overcome for Kingsland, which fell by 28 points in the non-conference tilt.

Lauren (21 points) and Ellie (13 points) Buchholtz combined to score 34 of the team’s 38 points. Victoria Hershberger and Megan Schultz each contributed two points. The Knights were just 14 for 53 from the field (26%), which included zero for 10 outside the three-point line.

While Kingsland made 14 field goals in the game, the Wildcats made 15 field goals in the first half alone (26 in the game). Senior center Lexie Lodermeier led the Wildcats with 14 points, freshman guard Joslyn Carlson and senior Kate Opsahl both added 13 points to the Goodhue total.

After pulling down 41 rebounds in the previous game, the Knights pulled down 26 rebounds against the Wildcats. After grabbing 17 offensive rebounds in the win over Lanesboro, the Knights only grabbed five offensive rebounds at Goodhue.

The defense came up with 15 steals and one blocked shot. The team finished the game with nine assists, almost half the number from the Lanesboro win.


The team played a Thursday/Friday doubleheader to wrap up 2018, starting on Thursday, Dec. 28, at home against Southland. The Knights hit the road for a conference game the next night at Houston. Results weren’t available for this early holiday edition of the Tribune. After a couple of days to celebrate 2019, the Kingsland girls start their January schedule at home against Lyle/Pacelli on Thursday, Jan. 3.