After a 14-14 tie, Battle Lake went on an 8-0 run to lead 22-14 and extended it to 28-19 at the half over the West Central Area Knights on Tuesday night. The Knights cut the lead to seven points three times in the second half, the last being 32-39 with eight minutes remaining before Battle Lake outscored the Knights 22-6 to put the Knights away at the end of the game winning 61-38. The Battlers knocked down many free throws in the last minutes converting on 14-of-16 overall.
The Knights, who had their game last week cancelled due to weather hadn't played since December 9th and were still without their leading scorer and rebounder Logan Paulson who is still out with illness.
"Battle Lake played very well tonight. Their kids finished well in the lane and they knocked down free throws all night. They were also very active on the boards," said Knight Coach Kraig Hunter.
Battle Lake outrebounded the Knights by a big margin 35-21. The Battlers finished 24-50 shots for 48% while the Knights shot 15-46 for 32%. The Knights hit 4-9 free throws.
"I thought we played pretty well as a group tonight," said Battle Lake Head Coach Dan Peterka. "We executed on the defensive end as well as we have all season. Offensively, we were able to get the ball in position to score and we did a nice job of finishing our opportunities. I was pleased with our overall effort tonight."
Scoring for the Knights was Aaron Wiese with 16, Jack Nelson 6, Dawson Staples 5, Brady Sabolik 3, Jake Combs, Logan Nadgwick, Caden Fernholz, and Ross Anderson all had 2 points.
Wiese and Nelson both pulled down 6 rebounds. Anderson and Sabolik each dished out 5 assists and Sabolik had 3 steals.
Hunter concluded, "Moving forward we need to continue to improve on several little things that are close and we need to get everyone healthy."