Lady Knights have good opening weekend


Lady Knight Kara den Hoed brings the ball down the court as Lady Viking Irene Pineda defends. The Lady Knights went 2-0 over the weekend, defeating both Riverside Christian and Mabton.

It was a good weekend for us," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk after his team won both weekend games decisively.

The Lady Knights' first weekend battle was a Friday night game at home against the Riverside Christian Crusaders. Sunnyside Christian won the game by a margin of 40 points, 57-17.

"It was a surprise to us," said Smeenk. "They were 2-0 prior to this game, they had beaten some good teams. This was our first game. We'd had 17 practices and the girls were ready to play."

Stormee Van Belle alone scored as many points for the Lady Knights as the entire Crusader team, coming away with 17 points. Kara den Hoed contributed another 13 and Brittany Boersma had another 12 to give three Lady Knights double-digit scoring performances.

"We were up by nine at the half," said Smeenk. "We decided to pound it in the second half. We got some fast breaks and ran the floor."

Smeenk said the first half was tough, but everything went Sunnyside Christian's way in the second half.

"We caught them flat," he said.

The game against Mabton on Saturday was less lopsided, but again the Lady Knights emerged victorious by a score of 68-43.

"They did a great job," Smeenk said of Mabton. He noted that Mabton was up 9-2 at the beginning of the game and the Lady Knights had to fight their way back into the game.

Smeenk said one key for the Lady Knights was breaking the full-court press of the Lady Vikings. When the Lady Knights were able to get past the defense, the results were usually a lay-up on the other end of the court.

Van Belle had another 17-point game at Mabton and scraped eight loose balls off the boards. But the team leader was Katelyn Banks, who bucketed 19 points and got nine boards.

Den Hoed put in another 12 points to give the Lady Knights a second game in a row with three scorers in double digits.

Smeenk also said Micki Williams had a good day, earning seven assists.

"She did a good job bringing the ball down the middle and getting it to the players on either side," he said.

Coach Chris McCallum of Mabton was gracious in defeat, praising the Lady Knights for their work.

"We battled hard in the first half," he said. "We were only down five at halftime but the wheels fell off in the second half as Sunnyside Christian ended the game on a 37 to 17 run."

McCallum said his team's defense was "horrible" and tipped his hat to the Lady Knights.

"We got outplayed and I got out coached but we'll bounce back and get better from this one," he said.

Lady Viking Mia Herrera got 13 points and 10 boards in the loss. Her teammate Irene Pineda earned 11 points. The Lady Vikings went 15-for-22 from the charity stripe.

The Lady Knights (2-0) play at Burbank tomorrow, Dec. 11. Mabton's next game is at home against LaSalle on Friday, Dec. 14.


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