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Knights girls basketball fall to Shamrocks 69-43 after slow start

December 6, 2018

Matisun Skirvin scored 24 points including four 3-pointers for the Lake Havasu girls basketball team on Tuesday but the Knights were unable to overcome a slow start and lost 69-43 to Yuma Catholic to remain winless at home.

“I thought that game should have been within 10 points. Maybe even less,” Lake Havasu coach Karen Rockwell said. “The first half killed us. We had 23 turnovers and you can win a game with that many turnovers in a half.”

Things eventually turned around for Havasu as the Knights outscored the Shamrocks 26-18 in the second half.

Going into the third quarter, Havasu trailed Yuma Catholic 45-18. But the Knights limited the Shamrocks scoring opportunities and only allowed nine points from Yuma Catholic in both of the remaining quarters.

Havasu had some moments of greatness throughout the game that saw it go on short scoring runs off big fast breaks and sneaky steals deep in the Shamrocks side of the court.

The problem for the Knights, though, was the Shamrocks had bigger and more frequent scoring runs including a 16-2 run to start the game. Once Yuma Catholic started to score, they would manage three or four baskets in a row before Havasu could grab a basket of their own.

However, that was only the case in the first half on Tuesday. After the Knights tightened their defense and controlled their passing, the Shamrocks were forced to play some defense of their own instead of just stealing the ball.

The difference in performance between halves for the Knights has been plaguing Havasu since the start of the season according to Rockwell. The Knights definitely looked like the better team in the second half in the scorebook but the score differential was too steep to overcome.

“We did right the second half. We lost the first half but not the second,” Rockwell said. “I know we didn’t play up to our potential. I see these girls in practice and know the potential is there. We just need to play consistent basketball and I think the more experience they have with my new system, the girls will be very successful.”

Maria Mack scored six points for the Knights on Tuesday. Saydra Pappenfus and Sierra Bekkedahl each added four points.

With the loss, Havasu is now 1-2 overall. The Knights will look to bounce back when they travel to Flagstaff on Thursday for the Pepsi Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament.

Havasu will get its first look at a West Valley opponent when they face Glendale Cactus at 8:30 p.m. The Cobras are currently 4-1 overall and when they face the Knights will be coming off a 62-31 win over Phoenix St. Mary’s on Tuesday.

BOYS

Noah Boyd scored 26 points and the Lake Havasu boys basketball team beat Yuma Catholic on the road 54-45 to improve to 4-3 overall.

“We couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives at the beginning of the game,” Lake Havasu coach Ted Darnell said. “In the first seven minutes of the game we gave up several transition baskets and were down nine points before we knew it.

“But we picked up our defense, turned it on (Yuma Catholic) a little bit and went on a 20-6 run to get back in the game.”

From there the Knights were up by five going into the second half and lead for the rest of the game.

Cole Wade scored nine points, Andrew Ortega had eight and Jayden Azar added seven points.

Havasu will look to create a winning streak when it travels to Peoria on Friday to face the Panthers at 7 p.m. for its first West Valley region match up of the season.

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