While the week may not have started the way the Knights would have liked, there were more than a few positives in the games against Van Meter and Grand View Christian.
On Monday night, the Knights fell 86-50 against Van Meter.
Although the score was lopsided, for more than a half the Knights were able to hang with Van Meter, a team that has been a regular State tournament participant for the last few seasons.
The Knights seemed to match the Bulldogs shot for shot in the first quarter, until Van Meter hit one more shot to take a 17-15 lead. The Knights added 10 points in the second quarter, while Van Meter had 17.
It wasn’t until the third quarter, when Van Meter went on a 32-9 run, that the Bulldgos were able to stride to the lopsided win.
In Monday’s game, a pair of Knight players, Mitchell Badding and Isaac Evans, two of the taller players for Kuemper, were able to do most of the damage.
Badding had 12 points, with a rebound and a steal.
Evans also had 12 points. He had five rebounds with four steals and an assist. John Mayhall had seven points; Noah Bauer finished with five points. Dawson Edwards had four points, while Dawson Gifford and Michael Pottebaum had three points each.
On Tuesday night, the Knights fell to Grand View Christian 69-51. Once again, the Knights had a slower third quarter, which allowed the Thunder to gain a slight lead and eventually work their way to the win.
Tuesday’s game featured Noah Bauer leading the way in scoring for Kuemper. He had 18 points, with five rebounds and three assists as well as a steal.
Pottebaum was able to add nine points with eight rebounds, which included five defensive rebounds.
Mayhall and Gifford added eight points each.
Blake Pottebaum had four points with two rebounds. Badding and Evans both had two points.
One of the strengths of the Knights, especially in the first two games this week, was their ability to spread around the scoring. While Badding and Evans led the way against Van Meter, Kuemper came back the next night with Bauer doing most of the damage.
The Knights stand at 2-8 overall on the season. They will host Glenwood (9-1) Friday.