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Girls' Basketball: Red Knights’ Run Ended

February 21, 2014
By MATTHEW PEASLEE For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORRISTOWN - Late in the first quarter of Thursday's Division IV sectional final game at Union Local High School, Toronto's Lexie Berger delivered a sharp bounce pass through the lane. Josey Jones caught the ball under the basket and went right up for two points.

The assist and bucket came at the 1:25 mark of the first. By then, the Red Knights were already trailing, 17-2, to Bishop Rosecrans.

It was their only points of the quarter.

Things snowballed from there and Toronto found itself eliminated from the tournament as the Bishops prevailed, 66-21.

"We were well aware of how good they were," Toronto coach Mallory Blanton said. "Without a doubt, that's the best team we've faced all year."

Rosecrans, the No. 2 seed, forced 23 turnovers using a full-court, man-to-man defense for much of the game. The Red Knights (12-10) had trouble getting the ball past half court. When they did, more trouble awaited.

It was difficult to set up any kind of offense, or take any shots from the field. Though it only converted three first-half attempts, Toronto only took 15.

"The main thing," Bishops coach Gale Kirkbride said, "is I wanted them to come out, play hard, move their feet, play good defense and they did that."

Rosecrans (21-1) knocked down seven 3-pointers with a pair coming in the first quarter from Riley Hagy. Alexis Kirkbride and Kloie Johnson each knocked down one in the second quarter as Toronto didn't score until a Lindsay Bodnar jumper at the 4:56 mark.

It was 28-4, at that point, and the Red Knights didn't score again until a buzzer-beating lay up by Lindsay Winstel.

Toronto went into halftime down 38-6.

In the third quarter, the Red Knights were held scoreless as the Bishops raced out for 26 more points. At the 3:48 mark of the third, their starters were pulled.

Alexis Kirkbride finished with a game-high 14 points, Hagy had 10, while Maddie Chandler and Johnson each added nine.

Rosecrans' lone loss came to Reedsdale Eastern on Dec. 28.

Malaysia Harrison scored six of Toronto's 15 fourth-quarter points. The Red Knights held the Bishops to just two points in the final eight minutes.

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