Sacred Heart Splits With Minneapolis
Adam Coulter - Sat 12:56 AM 12/15/2012
The Sacred Heart Knights and Minneapolis Lions split a doubleheader in Salina Friday night.
In the girls game, Minneapolis opened with a five point lead early in the game, but Sacred Heart ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run to make the score 12-11. The Lady Knights extended their lead to seven points at 22-15, but a 7-0 Lady Lions run tied the game. After a 28-28 tie, Minneapolis scored the last five points of the second quarter for a 33-28 halftime lead.
Sacred Heart was outscored by seven points in the third quarter and trailed 44-32. In the fourth quarter, Minneapolis led by as many as 14 points, but the Lady Knights made one last run and outscored the Lady Lions 11-4 to end the game. However, the comeback fell short and Minneapolis held on for a 50-43 win.
Sacred Heart falls to 4-2 and 0-2 in the NCAA league. Minneapolis improves to 4-1 and 2-0 in league play. The Lady Knights were led in scoring by Cara Donley with 14 points. Kate Steinbrock also scored 14 points for Minneapolis.
The boys game followed and had a little of everything. There were more fouls called than points scored in the first quarter as each team was whistled eight times and Minneapolis led 9-6. By the end of the first half, two dozen fouls had been called, including technical fouls and double fouls on multiple players. Two fouls were also called when a shooter was beyond the three-point arc. Minneapolis led 22-17 late in the second quarter when Josh Macy stole an inbounds pass and hit a three-point basket to give the Lions a 25-17 lead at halftime.
The Knights came out with a flurry to start the second half and outscored the Lions 15-2 in the third quarter to erase the eight point deficit. In the fourth quarter, the Knights maintained an eight point lead, but down the stretch Mineapolis cut it to three twice. With the score 45-42, the Knights made their free throws and held on for a 49-42 win.
Sacred Heart is now 4-2 and 2-0 in the NCAA league. Minneapolis falls to 1-4 and 1-1. The Knights were led by 15 points from Tony Chavez and 14 off the bench from Brooks Brown. Josh Macy led Minneapolis with 13 points.
The Knights will play next Thursday at home against Southeast of Saline in their final doubleheader before the holiday break.