Bloomfield pulls away for 52-44 win
BICKNELL — Basketball has changed through the years, but the ability to make shots is always going to be important.
North Knox's girls basketball team received that reminder Saturday. Bloomfield limited the Warriors to 27 percent accuracy and used a fourth-quarter burst to prevail, 52-44.
Graycie Poe poured in a game-high 22 points to go with a team-high five rebounds for North Knox (2-5), which has lost 4 of 5 since starters Abigail McKinley and Kyla Wolfe have been out with illnesses. Their experience continues to be missed. While the Warriors have several promising underclassmen, they're being asked to contribute much more than they're ready for in November.
Defense and rebounding continue to be issues and Saturday's 14-of-52 firing added to the negative list.
"We just can't make shots, and we had open looks after open looks," Warriors coach Steve Meurer said. "Graycie is really starting to play, hit shots and be a good leader. We have to get somebody else to step up as well, be a second scorer, but we have key components who are gone too. Abigail gives us scoring, and Kyla brings toughness that we desperately need. We're going to have open arms for those two to come back."
Poe's offense allowed North Knox to hang with the Cardinals (2-3) for three quarters in a game that had 14 lead changes.
Bloomfield quickly changed the back-and-forth game at the start of the fourth quarter. Kylee Shelton, who paced the visitors with 18 points, drained a 3-pointer and hit two free throws in a 9-0 spree that took less than two minutes. That turned a 39-38 deficit into a 47-39 edge, their biggest of the game to that point.
Poe canned a 3-pointer at 4:04 and turned a steal into two free throws to get it to 47-44 with 2:04 showing. But that was the only Warriors' points of the quarter as they shot 1-of-8 in the stanza.
While Shelton was the Cards' top scorer, Delaney Richardson collected 17 points and 17 rebounds, being a game-long pain for North Knox. Bloomfield had a 38-25 edge in rebounding.
Madison McCory added nine points for the Warriors. She was the only other player beside Poe to hit more than one field goal.
"We're just not a good defensive team, and it's disappointing because at the start of the season, I thought we would be," Meurer said. "It's basic parts of defense we're struggling with too. It's my job to start teaching it, and that's going to be the focal point next week in practice, along with rebounding.
"Our team is down right now. We came out of that (Class 3A honorable mention) Washington game (on Nov. 7) all pumped up, but we haven't recovered from our two girls being out," he said. "The only good thing has been it has given people playing time. My hope is when those two come back, we can jell together."
Bloomfield didn't have a junior varsity team, so the JV Warriors (5-2) defeated Barr-Reeve, 34-22. Reagan Jones scored nine, Ava Williams seven and Layna LeRoy five for the winners.
North Knox entertains North Central at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.
BLOOMFIELD 52, NORTH KNOX 44
Lowry (f) 4-10 2-2 10, Richardson (f) 8-15 1-3 17, Moody (g) 0-2 0-0 0, Bucher (g) 3-7 0-0 7, Shelton (g) 5-15 7-8 18, Horning 0-0 0-0 0, Godoy 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 10-13 52.
Thomas (f) 0-5 0-0 0, McCory (g) 2-6 4-6 9, Poe (g) 7-13 6-8 22, Saucerman (g) 1-5 1-2 3, Hammelman (g) 1-9 0-0 2. Shaw 0-1 0-0 0, Cardinal 1-3 0-0 3, Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 1-7 0-0 3, LeRoy 0-0 0-0 0, Sheren 0-0 0-0 0, Armes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-52 11-16 44.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bloomfield |11-17-10-14 — 52
North Knox|12-15-12-5 — 44
3-pointers: Bloomfield 2-9 (Bucher 1-3, Shelton 1-3, Moody 0-1, Godoy 0-2), North Knox 5-16 (Poe 2-5, Cardinal 1-1, McCory 1-3, Jones 1-3, Saucerman 0-1, Hammelman 0-3). Rebounds: Bloomfield 38 (Richardson 17, Lowry 12), North Knox 25 (Poe 5). Turnovers: Bloomfield 12, North Knox 8. Fouls: Bloomfield 16, North Knox 13. JV: North Knox 34, Barr-Reeve 22.