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Knights win 71-40 over South Prairie

Ryan Ladika/MDN Meadow Roberts (14) has possession of the ball during the first half of the Knights’ 21-point win Monday. She ended the game with 13 points.

When Our Redeemer’s Christian School takes the hardwood and wins, it’s usually by a wide margin. The 10-4 Knights entered their fifteenth game of the season with all but one of their wins coming by double digits, and six by 20 or more points.

That trend continued Monday night, as Our Redeemer’s prevailed against the visiting South Prairie Royals by a 71-40 final score.

Looking to right the ship after losses in four of their last six contests after an 8-0 beginning, the Knights got off to a fast start. Senior Olivia Nelson and freshman Maya Vibeto scored nine of the home squad’s first ten points to lead Our Redeemer’s to an early 10-4 lead.

Following a brief 6-0 Royals run, the Knights rattled off one of their own to finish the first eight minutes holding a 16-10 lead.

A lockdown defensive display to begin the second quarter led to a South Prairie shot clock violation, and Kendal Braun nailed a three-point shot to extend the Knights’ run to 9-0. The second quarter belonged to the Knights’ Meadow Roberts, though, as the freshman guard nailed three shots for seven of her team’s 17 points, including a shot from beyond the arc to beat the halftime buzzer. Our Redeemer’s entered the locker room in good shape, holding a healthy 33-20 lead.

The Royals scratched and clawed for any way back into the game in the second half, beginning the third quarter on a 7-5 run to close the gap to 38-27. The Knights put a halt to their shenanigans with haste, banking in nine unanswered to seize control of the affairs and take a 20-point advantage. The quarter later concluded with Our Redeemer’s holding a 50-30 lead.

The home five never let up. Vibeto drained her three free throws to open the final quarter, and Our Redeemer’s cruised through the last eight minutes of the game outscoring South Prairie 21-10 in the period. The 21-point victory marked the seventh occasion this season in which the Knights slayed an opponent by at least 20 points, and put an end to a brief two-game losing streak.

The Knights are now slated to hit the road again for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Des Lacs-Burlington High School Thursday, Jan. 28.

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