Knights and Lions Split Doubleheader
Adam Coulter - Fri 11:27 PM 02/01/2013
For the second time this season, Sacred Heart and Minneapolis split a doubleheader. The Lions got the win in the girls game 37-24, while the Knights won a back-and-forth boys battle 42-40.
Sacred Heart began the girls game with an early 2-0 lead, but it would be the only time Minneapolis trailed in the game. The Lady Lions led 14-6 after the opening quarter.
The teams combined for just six points in the second quarter as the Knights cut the lead in half. A single free throw was the only point scored by Minneapolis as they held a 15-11 advantage at halftime.
Minneapolis outscored Sacred Heart 11-7 in the third quarter to take another eight point lead. The score was 26-18 going into the final quarter.
The deficit was as big as 14 points as the Lady Lions went on for a 13-point win.
Sacred Heart falls to 6-9 and 1-7 in the NCAA league. Minneapolis is now 7-7 and 4-3.
Despite a low-scoring boys game, drama and excitement weren't lacking. The Knights opened the game exactly the same way as earlier in the week at Southeast of Saline. A three-point play by Dalton Dooley gave the Knights an early lead. Sacred Heart led the entire opening quarter and had a 10-5 advantage.
Minneapolis scored the first eight points in the second quarter to take their first lead and also held Sacred Heart to just two points in the period. At halftime, the Lions led 15-12.
The Knights trailed by as many as six points in the third quarter, but also were within a single point twice. By the end of three quarters, the game was right back where it started with a 26-26 tie score.
The score would be knotted another seven times before all was said and done. The lead would also change hands nine times in the fourth quarter. Minneapolis had its last lead at 35-34. After tie scores of 35-35, 38-38, and 40-40, the Knights scored the final points to hang on for the win.
Sacred Heart is now 10-6 and 6-2 in the NCAA league. Minneapolis falls to 6-9 and 2-5.
The Knights return home to play just their fourth home games of the season against Russell on Tuesday night.