The trip west wasn’t a friendly one for the Kuemper Catholic basketball teams on Tuesday night.
In a pair of games against Denison-Schleswig, Kuemper came up short.
First half stunts Knight girls against Monarchs
There was a certain amount of confidence on the side of the Kuemper Catholic girls’ basketball team heading into Tuesday’s game against Denison-Schleswig.
Earlier this season the Knights had been able to best the Monarchs in Carroll. Tuesday night the Monarchs returned the favor, besting the Knights in Denison.
The Monarchs were able to grab a 58-26.
In the first half of the game the Knights weren’t able to get their offensive effort working. After scoring six points in the first quarter, the Knights were able to put just four points on the board in the second quarter.
On the other side of the scoreboard, Denison-Schleswig wasn’t having any trouble getting points on the board. In the first quarter alone the Monarchs scored 21 points. They backed that effort up with 19 points in the second quarter.
Kuemper scored 16 points in the second half, with 10 third quarter points and six fourth quarter points. The Monarchs would score 18 points in the second half with 13 of those points coming from the third quarter.
The leading scoring effort for the Knights was equally split between senior Mallory Badding and Kyndal Hilgenberg. Both players would score six points in the game.
Cathrine Mayhall finished with five points. Maci Wittrock scored four points while Sarah Steffes finished with three. The remaining two points belonged to Megan Bauer. Sophie Badding led the Knights with six rebounds. Another six rebounds were turned in by Mallory Badding.
Kuemper moves to 1-8 this season.
Monarchs outlast Kuemper boys
Despite two different players scoring in double digits on Tuesday night, it wasn’t enough to lift the Knights past Denison-Schleswig.
The Monarchs were able to defend their home court with a 58-34 victory. Part of the reason why the Monarchs were able to grab the win was because Kuemper was limited to just eight points in the second half.
Both teams started the game with a hot shooting streak. Denison-Schleswig would finish the first quarter with a 22-14 advantage.
Kuemper did their best to erase the eight point deficit, but the Monarchs were able to add 17 points to their side of the scoreboard in the second quarter. The Knights stayed close by scoring 12 points in the second.
The pace of the game slowed down in the second half as both teams combined to score just 27 points.
The third quarter featured Dension-Schleswig going on a 12-4 run.
Kyle Berg led the Knight scoring effort with 12 points. He also had three rebounds.
Tre Knobbe had 10 points. John Mayhall finished with six points. Cole Collison had four points and Tyler Putney added two.