After losing their first league game of the year last week, the Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team wanted to get back to winning. They did just that with a 55-31 victory over visiting DeSales last night.
The Lady Knights came out in the first quarter and pressed like they usually do. Their press caused the Irish to commit 12 turnovers in the first quarter.
"We were able to get some easy baskets from that," SCHS Coach Al Smeenk said. "We wanted to rebound from Saturday's loss and it took us a while to get going."
Smeenk said his team was there physically but mentally, it took them a while.
The Lady Knights took a 10-2 first quarter lead and turned it into a 23-9 lead by halftime.
"At halftime I told the girls it's time to start thinking," Smeenk said. "Defensively we did a good job but we weren't that sharp offensively. They stepped it up in the third quarter, though."
The Irish did too, scoring 12 points in the third quarter to try to keep it close for a run in the fourth. It was not to be.
"We played really well in the fourth quarter," Smeenk said.
The Lady Knights out rebounded the Irish 47 to 32 and forced them to commit 26 turnovers while committing 21 themselves. SCHS went 6-for-13 from the free throw line. The Irish did worse, hitting only 8-of-21.
Emily Hernandez led the Knights with 17 points, including four 3-point baskets, and 5 rebounds. Tori Van Wingerden added 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Brittany den Hoed had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
"It took us a while to get going but once we woke up, we played well," Smeenk added.
The Lady Knights (7-1, 12-3) take on Riverside Christian in an away game this Friday, Jan. 27.