Fillmore County boasts four TRC schools. Kingsland’s basketball teams have now swept the other three. Knight squads beat Chatfield and R-P in December. In late January, Kingsland swept FC to run the gauntlet. In Preston, John Fenske’s guys grabbed a 70-47 victory. They were plus-11 at the free throw line (16 of 26 to 5 of 12). Team double-K got four in double figures. Matthew Woods’ game (career-high 19 pts, 7-13 FGs, 9 rebs) was like his beard. Ian Meisner, a 6’8” senior center, had a big double-double (14 pts, 5-9 FGs, 15 rebs, 5 blks). Wyatt Pruter (12 pts, 6 assists), Zach Bubany (10 pts), and Jackson Rindels (9 pts) helped out. Luke Ristau (12 pts) led the Falcons. In Spring Valley, Kingsland started 12-0, but FC led 27-26 at intermission. Midway through the second, the Knights got a four-point possession, then a Lauren Buchholtz three. The sequence unlocked a 34-34 game, giving Kingsland a 41-35 lead. They then never led by less than two possessions. FC shot 16.7% after halftime (4-24). Jay Webster’s girls prevailed 55-44. The junior guard L-Buchholtz led the way (28 pts, 9-16 FTs, 8 rebs, 4 assists, 3 stls). Ellie Buchholtz (12 pts, 5-8 FGs, 6 rebs) and Kori Kruegel (8 pts, 8 rebs) helped. FC got a career-high from Paige Donlinger (16 pts, 9-13 FTs, 8 rebs, 4 assists). Emma Breitsprecher added 9 points. Kingsland still has a second series with Chatfield for total county TRC basketball domination. The Lady Knights followed with a very nice win over Randolph (11-5). Save for down 3-0 and 3-2, Kingsland led throughout. Sisters Buchholtz, Ellie (16 pts, 6-12 FGs, 7 rebs, 5 stls) and Lauren (15 pts, 11 rebs, 4 stls), led the way. Lindsey Welch added 11 (pts) and 7 (rebs). The Knight boys (7-5, 13-5) have won eight of nine. The girls (7-5, 10-8) are also on the good side of .500.
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