Basketball Rundown


Photo via Summer Bush

Austin Evans and Hunter Henry

The varsity girl’s basketball team played two games last week while the varsity men’s team played three.


On Monday, January 6th, the Lady Knights lost at home to a top notch Greater Miami Conference (GMC) team, the Sycamore Aves. The Knights leading scorer was freshman Riley Wells with 8 points, but ultimately that wasn’t enough to stop the Aves scorching offense, which had 3 players scoring in double digits.


On Saturday, January 11th, the Lady Knights traveled to Milford to take on the Eagles in an important Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) matchup. Despite shooting 4 of 12 from the three-point line, and out rebounding the Eagles by 10, the Knights fell short and lost another conference game bringing their conference record to 2-6 and their overall record to 4-8.


The Knights will try to bounce back this week with three upcoming games, two of which are against ECC teams. “We are going to keep trying to work as a team and get as many wins as possible heading into the playoffs,” said senior Summer Bush.


The men’s team started by pulling off an enormous upset over the Turpin Spartans on Tuesday, January 7, at the Castle. The Spartans are tied for first with West Clermont in the ECC standings, and the Knights took down the Spartans with a final score of 55-47, handing them their first conference loss of the season.


A big story this week was the return of senior Jack McHugh, who sat out the start of the season with a finger injury. After his first week back, McHugh ranks in the top 5 in the ECC in points per game (14.0), assists per game (5.7), and rebounds per game (7.7). McHugh’s play helped catapult the Knights’ team effort win over the Spartans. “I think it was one of the first times all season we played as a team. Guys were playing unselfish and hard the whole game. I think the win will help us realize that when we play to our potential we can be a really good team and beat some teams people don’t expect us to hang in there with,” McHugh said.


On Friday, January 10, the Knights traveled to Anderson to play the Redskins in an ECC rivalry. The game was in an intense battle, with the Knights trailing most of the game. They were able to force the game into overtime off of a three-point buzzer beater from senior Kyle Wilging. The game took three overtimes to decide a winner, and despite having four players score double digits, the Knights lost 72-69.


After the triple overtime thriller the night before, the Knights had to take on the Middletown Middies at Middletown the next day for a non conference matchup. Sophomore JD Moss was the Knights’ leading scorer with 14 points. Despite a hard fought game that went into overtime, the Knights were unable to pull out a win, and lost 53-51. The loss brings their overall record to 3-8.

Photo via Jim Shult