Lady Knights blank 50-29 against Haskell Lady Haymakers

Sophomore guard Kaylee Hamric reaches for the ball as a Haskell Lady Haymaker grabs for the ball. Hamric was the leading scorer for the Lady Knights and was the only one to make it to double digits, scoring a total of 15 points with 13 of the points earned from free throws.

(Photo by KAITLYN DILLARD)

By KAITLYN DILLARD
Sports Writer

The Lady Knights met the Haskell Lady Haymakers on the court Tuesday night, and faced a devastating loss of 50-29. The Lady Knights fell behind the Lady Haymakers beginning in the first quarter and wouldn’t be able to catch them the rest of the game. Missed passes and rebounds led to numerous turnovers, providing the Lady Haymakers more chances at the field goal. Fouls would contribute most of the points the Lady Knights made against the Lady Haymakers with sophomore guard Kaylee Hamric successfully shooting 13 free throws at the foul line. 

The Lady Knights started out slow in the first quarter. Five points was all the Lady Knights could put on the scoreboard with most of them earned from free throw shots. Hamric and freshman forward Lexi Lollis would be the two Lady Knights put on the free-throw line. Three fouls would put Hamric on the foul line shooting six free throws and she would complete four, while Lollis earned just one free throw shot. 

The Lady Haymakers connected with the field goal for 14 points in the first quarter, topping the Lady Knights five points for a 7-point lead. 

The Lady Knights, down 14-5, had another hard quarter with the only opportunity for shots coming from fouls. Hamric would be the only Lady Knight to put points on the board for Henryetta, earning two free throw shots in the second quarter. While the Lady Knights were once again stalled, the Lady Haymakers repeatedly made it past the Lady Knights’ defense for 13 points, 27-7. 

In the third quarter, the Lady Knights led an offensive charge that would put them closer to the Lady Haymakers 20-point lead. Hamric connected to the field goal for the first 2-pointer for the Lady Knights. An offensive foul would put her on the free throw line for the sixth time. Successfully completing the shots, Hamric would already advance the Lady Knights four points. After another an offensive foul and another earned free throw point, Hamric, with an assist from sophomore point guard Kimberlee Fowler, would post up for a layup. Fowler would be the key player for the Lady Knights, assisting sophomore guard Ashlyn Green for a three. With the shooting advantage, the Lady Knights continued to dominate the court. 

Hamric would make numerous charges towards the goal. Even if she didn’t complete the shot, illegal blocks from the Lady Haymakers would put her at the free-throw line. Green would also make headway on the court several times, earning a two 2-pointers throughout the third quarter. 

Having scored 16 points in the third quarter, the Lady Knights still faced a 34-23 deficit going into the fourth quarter. After a successful third quarter, the Lady Knights’ offensive became frantic to overturn the Lady Haymakers lead, resulting in a high turnover rate for the Lady Knights.

The saving grace for the Lady Knights would, once again, be free throws.The Lady Knights would two  points from the foul line in the beginning of the quarter after the Lady Haymakers fouled sophomore guard Bailey Davis. Junior guard Emilee Potter would also contribute in the third quarter with to free throws made. Potter was going up for a layup when the Lady Haymakers once again unsuccessfully blocked the Lady Kngihts’ shot. With 50 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Hamric led a half-court charge posting up for her second 2-pointer. 

Six points is all the Lady Knights would be able to add in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t enough to topple the Lady Haymakers’ lead despite hard efforts made by Hamric and her fellow teammates. The 50-29 loss marks the 14th loss for the Lady Knights, making their season record 1-14. 

The Lady Knights were scheduled to travel to Stigler Thursday to compete against the Lady Panthers at 6:30 p.m. Stigler High School’s girls basketball team is currently 5-12 and the Lady Knights previously faced them earlier this season, facing a 56-17 loss. 

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