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Lady Knights liberate Patriots in season opener

After the Knight's season opener Friday night against the Liberty Christian Patriots, two things were sure. The Knights won the game 50-40 and they have a lot of things to work on before they play again on Tuesday.

Sunnyside Coach Al Smeenk said his girls did work hard but gave up too many 3-point shots. "We didn't identify their best shooter soon enough," he said. "We will work on that this week."

The Lady Knights started out sluggish on their way to an 11-7 lead after one quarter. Smeenk said several of his girls haven't played with each other so it's going to take some time.

The Knights took a 18-14 lead into halftime.

To start off the third quarter the Knights starting taking better care of the ball and as a result their offense started to click.

"We out rebounded them," Smeenk said. "They had many girls taller than us but we still our rebounded them and did a good job blocking them out on the boards."

After three, the Knights held a small lead, 32-29. In the fourth quarter free throws would become a factor and the Knights hit 11 of 14 to outscore the Patriots 18-11 in the last period to post a 50-40 win.

Tori Van Wingerden had 12 points and 9 rebounds while Emma Newhouse added 15 points and snatched 8 rebounds.

"It was our first game and we could tell that," Smeenk said. "I was not disappointed. We found out there are some things we need to work on."

The Lady Knights play again Tuesday at home against Kittitas.

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