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William Tzavaras, Sports Editor

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For the first time since the 1992-93’ season, girls basketball hosted their first playoff game and it didn’t disappoint.

The Lady Knights had a secure halftime lead of nine with the score totaling 35-24. The Knights were led by sophomore sensation Emma Ogitchida and eighth grader Jaide Pressley. Jaide led the squad with 15 first half points followed behind Emma’s nine. The Knights had some issues running their press defense as Elise Barnes was able to dribble drive down the court to match Jaide’s first half 15.

Elise Barnes did it alone in the first half scoring more than half her team’s points, which isn’t a proper key for success. The Packers came out of the gates in the second half cutting the deficit to 3 with a 37-34 game with 15 minutes remaining.

The Knights had no answer for Elise Barnes as she continued to break the press and attack to finish, get to the free throw line or set up her teammates for easy assists. With 12 minutes left in the game E. Barnes scored her 1,000th point in her career. The Packers cut the lead down to one with 10:30 remaining in the game at 47-46 when Elise Barnes suffered an injury on the play that looked critical at first.

The injury of the key point guard didn’t affect the Packers though as they continued to attack and took a 3 point lead at the eight minute mark and held it for some time until the Knights finally went on a run of their own.

The Knights retook the lead with 6 minutes to go after Jaide Pressley lay up and Shay Poe converted two free throws at the line. Yani Thomas put some icing on the cake of the run with hitting a huge three with 4:30 to go in the game pushing the Lady Knights lead to eight.

Yani Thomas and Mofe Salu finished the game as all teams should, by knocking down the free ones. They both went 2-2 from the line to finish the game pushing the lead to nine and the final score was 69-60 in favor of the Lady Knights.

The Knights moved onto semi-final action against Holy Angels after their win against South Saint Paul and it wasn’t pretty. They lost by 25 plus, but that’s nothing to take away from Harding. “Nothing you can take away from a great season,” said Jonathan Janssen, one of the assistant varsity coaches. “They have two really talented D1 guards and they did what they wanted.”

It’s usually tough to overcome a game where one of the rotations main players is in trouble early. “Emma was in foul trouble early,” said Kelly Sanquist, varsity head coach. “Usually when one of your best players get into that situation, it’s tough for everyone, but it was still a great game.”

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