Knights fall to Henning, 46-49 [UPDATED]Published 9:26am Friday, March 9, 2012 Updated 11:31am Friday, March 9, 2012
The WCA Knights lost a close one in the Section 6A quarterfinals to the Henning Hornets on Thursday night, when Henning battled back from a halftime deficit to win 49-46.
Henning took a 13-9 lead early, but the Knights came back and took a 29-25 halftime lead. Heading out of the locker room in the second half, the Knights remained strong early, going up by as much as 36-29.
Then Henning came alive, rattling off an 8-0 run to take a 37-36 lead. The lead then went back and forth and ended up tied at 46-46 as each team got defensive stops on three consecutive possessions before the Hornets’ Colin Dague scored on a drive and got fouled to complete the 3-point play, putting the Hornets up 49-46 with 22 seconds left. The Knights’ last possession then came up empty.
“In the second half it came down to making shots and we went cold,” said Knights Head Coach Kraig Hunter said. “We were very pleased defensively to hold Henning to 49 points for the game, and we took good care of the ball with a season-low four turnovers, but we couldn’t make shots and we also didn’t convert at the free throw line.”
The Knights shot only 19-54 from the field for 35 percent (5 for 21 on three-pointers for 24 percent) and hit only 3 of 8 free throws for 38 percent. Henning shot 20-45 for 44 percent (6 for 16 on three-pointers for 38 percent) and 3 for 4 from the free throw line for 75 percent.
The Hornets had 30 rebounds to 28 for the Knights and 10 turnovers to the Knights’ four.
Zach Torgerson led the Hornets with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Colin Dague added 13 points and 5 assists. Others scoring for Henning were Aaron Suchy 5, Anders Amundson 5, Andrew Smith 4, and Brandon Debauche 2.
Jeff Martinson led the Knights with 13 points, and Matt Wagner added 11. Christian Thomasy added 8 points and 8 rebounds. Drew Peterson had 5 points and led the team with 5 assists. Dakotah Kashmark added 5 points and Brady Combs 4.
“As always, this is a tough time of the year,” Hunter said. “We will miss our seniors Matt Wagner, Jeff Martinson, Brad Westrom, Andrew Asleson, Alex Dahlen, Brad Westrom, and Renan Allesio. They are a good group of young men that showed good leadership and represented our program with class.”