Basketball Rundown


Photo via Jim Shult

Austin Evans and Hunter Henry

Both the women’s and men’s varsity basketball teams played three games last week.


The men’s team traveled to Edgewood to take on the Cougars Tuesday, January 14. The Knights knew they had a tough opponent in the Cougars, who rank second in the Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC). The Knights had a late 21 point scoring outburst in the fourth quarter, but that ultimately wasn’t enough as they fell to the Cougars with a final score of 52-46.


On Friday, January 17, the Knights had a close matchup against an Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) foe, the Milford Eagles. Overall the Knights had a clean game offensively with only one turnover to the Eagles eight turnovers. The Knights were led by senior Dylan Barnett who had 13 points and made 3/5 of his three point shots. Despite holding a slight lead for the first three quarters, the Eagles outscored the Knights by six in the fourth quarter which resulted in a 44-42 loss for the Knights bringing their conference record to 2-6.


To round out the week, the Knights traveled to Middletown High School to take on the Springboro Panthers in the second annual Midwest King Classic on Saturday, January 18. The Knights started the game hot, taking an 11-7 lead over the Panthers in the first quarter. However, the Knights were unable to carry this momentum into the second half, and lost by a final score of 48-30 bringing their overall record to 3-11.


The Knights look to get back on track this week with three more games, two of which are against ECC teams, and one against their rival the Little Miami Panthers. “We are going to work hard no matter what our record is because we have a lot of seniors and we play each game like it’s our last. We are just going to keep working hard and we’ll see good results soon. We expect three dubs this week,” Barnett said.


On Monday, January 13th, the Lady Knights varsity team lost a back and forth game against the Monroe Hornets in overtime. The Knights grabbed every offensive rebound they could, which led to them out-rebound Monroe on the offensive side by 14. Even though the Knights had made more field goals, more than half of Monroe’s points came from making their free throws which ultimately helped them secure the 59-53 point win.


On Wednesday, January 15th, the Lady Knights lost to the top team in the ECC at home against the Loveland Tigers. The Loveland Tigers have a top scorer and rebounder in the ECC, Jillian Hayes, who is a University of Cincinnati women’s basketball commit. Even though the Knights gave it their all, Hayes and the Tigers were too much to handle as the Lady Knights fell to the Tigers 55-30.


On Saturday, January 18th, the Lady Knights traveled to Withrow for another ECC matchup. With a commanding lead throughout the game, the Lady Knights came out with a 51-30 point win bringing their ECC record to 3-7 placing them 7th in the ECC.


The Lady Knights look to keep their win streak going with another ECC matchup against the Walnut Hills Eagles on Saturday January 25th at home.