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Varsity girls' basketball loses 58-46 to Kinnick

The girls’ varsity basketball team hung tough against a big and fast Kinnick squad on Thursday night at CAJ, losing 58-46 in a competitive game. The Knights trailed by a score of just 30-26 at halftime, but the Red Devils’ athleticism shone through in the second half as they scored several baskets on the fast break.

The Knights had three players in double-figure scoring on Thursday: Erika (11), Julia (11) and Annabelle (10). Julia and Kachel both were active around the basket with nine rebounds.

Erika commented on the difficulty of playing a Kinnick team that is so overwhelming physically. “They’re really aggressive, and they just go get the ball all the time,” she said.

Erika also added that the team’s passing and overall movement was very good on offense, but that they didn’t shoot as well as they liked. “I think we just need to calm down a bit. I feel like we forced a lot of shots, including me. Today, everyone was nervous,” she added after the game.

Coach Craig Eby was excited about his team’s effort despite the final score. He praised the team’s composure as Kinnick started to build lead at various points in the game, as well as his team’s balance on offense.

“Even though it was a wider gap than last time (when we lost by four at their place), I think we played a better game this time,” Eby said.

The Knights now have an 8-3 record this season, including 6-3 in league play. They will play St. Maur at home this Saturday at 10 a.m.
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