MMK Hoops Fall in District

Lady Owls (in white) (L-R): #5 Kaylee Ruggles, #25 Angela Diggle & #32 Jadyn Davidson defend CAA’s (in blue) (L-R): #32 Lauren Wegner, #23 Victoria Westcott & #22 Leah Pearson.

The Mary M. Knight basketball teams lost Saturday in the final day of the Class 1B District 4 Tournament. The Lady Owls lost to Columbia Adventist Academy 62 to 15 in the girls’ third place game after the boys from Matlock dropped a 70 to 55 decision to Naselle in the second place game.

The Comets started the boys’ game on a 14-0 run holding the Owls scoreless for the first three minutes. However, MMK finished the first quarter strong going on a 12-4 run with Naselle leading 18 to 12 after one.

The second quarter saw Mary M. Knight close to four points before the Comets went back up 14 with a 34 to 20 lead at the half.

Eddy Krippelcz hit three three-pointers in the third quarter to keep the Owls within striking distance, only down 50 to 41 heading into the fourth but Naselle pulled away to take second in District 4 and the one of the two spots in Regional Round of the State Tournament. Taholah took the other Regional spot.

The Comet’s Ethan Lindstrom had a game-high 23 points while Chase Haataia and Corey Gregory each added 15.

Eddy Krippelcz led Mary M. Knight with 16. Dylan Ralph and Isaiah Compton chipped in 13 points each. Danny Goeders scored 6 points. Quinnton Krippelcz was limited by foul trouble and only scored 4. And Tristin Murray had a three point play.

The MMK boys finish the season with an 11-and-12 record.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Owls were held scoreless in the first quarter and scored only six points in the second falling behind at the half 26 to 6. The Lady Kodiaks continued to rack up the points in the third quarter building a 41 to 12. And the three’s were dropping for Columbia Adventist in the fourth where they hit five from outside.

Rylie Strubelt led the way for CAA with 15 points. Maddie Dietrich added 12. And Tatum Durbin chipped in 11 as Columbia Adventist took the third and final spot in the Regional Round of the State playoffs.

For Mary M. Knight, Kaylee Ruggles and Kelsey Skinner each scored 4 points. Kelsi Cooper added 3. Hailey Cooper hit a field goal. And Tryssa Robertson and Jadyn Davidson each hit a free throw.

The MMK girls finish the season with an 8-and-12 record.

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