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Lady Hoopers Kick Season Off With Pair Of Wins At Columbia Tip-Off

By Anthony Jones

Basketball season officially is underway for the Triad Lady Knights as they opened up their season at the Columbia Tip-Off Classic.Their first action came on November 16 as they did battle with the Belleville East Lancers.

Triad couldn’t have asked for a better start to their year as they leaped off to an 8-0 off of 4 points from both Sami Hartoin and Kathryn Weber. Weber finished the quarter with 5 points as her team held a 9-4 advantage.

Belleville East managed to string some offense of their own in the second quarter, allowing them to knot the game up at 17-17 headed into halftime. They continued their momentum in the latter half as they grabbed their first lead of the game at 19-17, but it proved to be their final one.

Headed by 5 points from Hartoin, the Lady Knights went on an 8-0 run to regain control at 25-19. This helped lead to a 29-21 score with one quarter left to play.

Headlined by 8 points from Reagan Chigas, Triad outscored their opponent 16-5 in the closing period. This gave them a 45-30 victory.

Triad Head Coach Josh Hunt commented on his team’s numerous big runs during the win, “If a few shots go in, that’s a big deal. They were in zone at the start of the second quarter and we were getting quality shots that just weren’t falling. Once a few of those started falling, I think our girls gained a lot of confidence.”

With a dozen points, Hartoin was the high scorer for Triad. Reagan Chigas closed out with 10 points of her own and Bohnenstiehl tacked on 9, all coming in the second half.

Racking up 24 steals on the night, the team’s defense also impressed Coach Hunt, “Our defense was really good and that’s what we hang our hats on.”

Their second game came against a strong Waterloo Bulldogs squad. The Bulldogs also entered with a 1-0 record after a dominating 62-30 win over Father McGivney.

At the end of the opening quarter, Triad trailed closely 14-9. Waterloo’s lead held throughout the rest of the night as they went on to win 44-28.

-Sophomore Maddie Hunt finished out front for Triad in the game, racking up 11 points. 

-Reagan Chigas was close behind with 8 points after finishing 3/3 from the field.

Closing out the week, Triad battled it out with Columbia in the third place game. The hosting Eagles sat at 1-1 after dropping their previous bout to Alton Marquette in 64-28 fashion.

Both teams brought their offenses early, resulting in a 14-14 stalemate after one quarter of play. The Lady Knights continued to light up the scoreboard for the rest of the half, growing their total to 29. This gave them a 7 point advantage over Columbia.

Both defenses settled in coming out of half, as they both allowed 7 points in the third quarter. The Eagles did manage to trim the lead in the closing quarter, but not by enough as Triad left with a 46-41 victory.

With an impressive total of 16 points, Bohnenstiehl was key to the narrow victory. Not far behind her, Hunt put together another impressive game with 15 points.

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