The Trinity Lutheran Lady White Knights (4-1) picked up a hard fought 31-24 win over the Joplin Area Home School Lady Eagles (4-3) on Monday night.
The Lady Eagles had an overall size advantage, but the Lady Knights used their speed and press to keep it close.
"The girls were really nervous going into the game," said Coach Matt Ticknor. "We couldn't match up size wise, but they surprised themselves and came out, hustled and used speed against them for a tough win."
The game was close throughout; it was tied at 13 at half and tied at 16 at the end of three periods.
The Lady Knights broke open a close game in the fourth quarter by creating foul trouble for the Lady Eagles. The Lady White Knights hit eight of 12 free throws down the stretch to finally pull away for the win.
"Emily Krueger and Kourtney Easter did good job up front," said Ticknor. "Both had several steals. The trio of Krueger, Easter and Kailee Ticknor combined for nine blocked shots and 11 rebounds."
The Lady White Knights were led in scoring by Easter with 13 points. Krueger added 11 points. Kailee Ticknor chipped in 4 points. Shelby Jack and Samantha Schnake scored 2 and 1 points respectively.
The Trinity Lady White Knights next game will be Thursday night as they hosting St. Vincent DePaul of Rogers, Ark. Trinity then hits the road traveling to Thomas Jefferson in Joplin on Dec 6.
The Trinity Lutheran White Knights (0-3) lost a hard fought defensive home game 15-10 against the Joplin Area Home School Spirit on Tuesday night.
Trinity fell behind 9-4 at the end of the first quarter, which ended up being the difference in the game as each team only scored 6 more points the rest of the way.
Trinity used a stifling defense to shut down the Spirit and held them scoreless in the second quarter, but it wasn't enough.
The White Knights were led in scoring by Dalton Paynter and Blane Schnake with 4 points each. Luke Sharp chipped in 2 points to round out the White Knights scoring.
The White Knights will play their next game Thursday in Freistatt against St Vincent DePaul of Rogers, Ark., with the girls game at 6 p.m. and boys playing at 7:30 p.m.
Special thanks to Matt Ticknor for the play by play and statistics.