Monday, February 16, 2004
The Sunnyside Christian High School Lady Knights may be tied for first place in their league, however after losing to LaSalle Friday night the local team will go into postseason play as the third seed at Districts.
Friday night the Lady Knights played LaSalle and rallied from a more than 20-point deficit, only to lose 48-41.
Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk said it was like watching two games in one Friday. He said during the first half the Lady Knights were not on top of their game offensively or defensively, however when the team took the court in the second half their spirits had changed.
"During the second half we really picked it up," Smeenk said.
He said the team wasn't as quick as they should have been, and he noted the girls missed some easy shots during the first half.
At one point, Smeenk said the Lady Knights were down by 23 points, however the team was able to rally back to within 11 points of the LaSalle team by halftime.
"We just have to play hard," Smeenk said, which is what the Lady Knights did in the second half.
Smeenk said the LaSalle team proved to be a good team, coming out in the first half pumped up, and really taking it to the Sunnyside Christian team. However, Smeenk said the Lady Knights were able to turn the tables in the second half.
Scoring for the Lady Knights was senior Hilary Hughes with 13 points.
Following the loss to LaSalle, the Lady Knights will play a loser-out District match-up Tuesday night against Lyle.
"We're going to have to come out with an extreme amount of heart," Smeenk said of the upcoming Lyle game. "If we don't win this it's over."