Cold spell sinks Knights against Timberwolves | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Dec 19, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Tess Schornack brings the ball up the court against Jackson.

Kamiak went ice cold from the field at a most inopptune time.

The Knights had overcome a difficult start that saw Jackson jump out to an 11-0 lead. A buzzer-beating shot by Kamiak’s Kendall Carroll at the end of the first quarter cut the deficit to 15-12.

Junior center Brooke Erlandsen then made one of two free throws, as the Knights remained within a pair of 3-pointers of Jackson – 26-20 – with just over two minutes left in the second quarter.
Kamiak then did not make a field goal the rest of the quarter.

The Wolfpack extended its lead with a 9-1 run and went on to defeat the Knights 57-36 in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, at Kamiak High School.

The Knights (1-1 in the league, 1-4 overall) managed to trim the 14-point halftime deficit to 10 points midway through the third quarter but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the contest.

“We never gave up,” said junior wing Jordyn Porea, who led Kamiak with 11 points. “That’s the one thing I love about my team. We can be down but we never give up. We put up a fight the entire game and there were times when we got really close to catching up … We work really hard together.”

Coach Brian Norman noted that the Knights struggled with turnovers, especially toward the end of the second quarter.

“Most of our points that we gave up come off of turnovers,” Norman said. “We had a little stretch at the end of the first half where it didn’t seem like we could get it past half court.

“They put some good pressure on us. We just have to be a little more secure with the ball.”

The Knights worked on different press breakers in practice but struggled executing them during Friday’s contest.

“It’s not like they were pressuring us that much,” Norman said. “We just need to get the ball in, turn, look and be strong with it. … We need to be better getting the ball up the court and getting the ball in bounds.

“As a team we really need to get better at protecting the ball.”

Porea also noted that some bad passes resulted in turnovers. The Knights need to make better decisions, she said.

“A lot of turnovers came from us passing the ball to a teammate, who wasn’t looking, or to a teammate who wasn’t open,” Porea said.

A positive development was Kamiak’s strong performance on the boards, Norman said.

“Our defensive rebounding was much better,” he said. “We gave up far fewer second chance points.”

The Knights were coming off their first victory of the season – 47-43 over Mount Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Kamiak saw an almost complete turnover of its starting lineup from last season with Erlandsen being the lone returning starter.

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