Knights split in non-league games


Kyler Marsh of the Knights soars for an inside basket.

— The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team lost 56-58 to LaSalle, and the boys won 77-44 last night in non-league action.

The 1B Knights girls are 13-2 with just five games remaining in the regular season.

Before fouling out in the final minutes of the game, Emily Banks led the girls with a double double —23 points and 18 rebounds. She also had 7 blocks.

Teammate Alyssa Martin tallied 17 points, and Sailor Liefke scored 10.

“It was a great ball game,” Sunnyside Christian girls coach Al Smeenk said.

“We got behind and caught up,” he said. “It was nip-and-tuck all the way.”

The 1A Lightning had a 17-8 first-quarter lead, the Knights tied it at 27 apiece by halftime with a 19-10 second quarter.

In the third period, the Knights outscored the visitors 15-13, but LaSalle pulled out the win with an 18-14 fourth stanza.

“They gave it everything,” Smeenk said of both teams.

The boys held on and improved their record to 12-1 in spite of continuing to battle through illnesses.

LaSalle led 16-5 at the end of the first period, but the Knights buckled down and surged ahead with a 21-13 second quarter showing for a 36-29 halftime lead.

The Knights held LaSalle to just 7 points in the third period, while adding another 21 in the home column.

They kept the momentum going with a 20-5 fourth quarter.

The Knights were led by Cade Bosma’s 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Lucas Dykstra, Kyler Marsh and Luke Wagenaar each contributed 13 points to the final score.

Coach Dean Wagenaar said he could see his players struggling, but told them they had to keep going at the end of the first period.

The Knights forced 25 turnovers, adding to the offensive opportunities, Wagenaar said.


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