Knafel Perfect, Warriors Bounce Bremen

Wawasee logoBREMEN — KiLee Knafel had herself quite a night in Bremen, sinking all 15 of her free throw attempts, outscoring the host Lions on her own in the process of a 53-37 Wawasee win Tuesday night in girls hoops.

Knafel was 15-15 from the line, hitting 13 of those in the fourth quarter. The makes were three shy of a school record of 18 set by Shanna Zolman, who did it twice in the 2001 season and Yen Tran, who did it in the 1993 season.

The free throws from Knafel were needed as Wawasee held just a 31-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Knafel would score 19 points in the fourth on her way to 39 points overall, just three shy of her career-high of 42 set in the first game of this season at Westview. Knafel only scored four combined points in the first and third quarters, but made up for it with 16 points in the second quarter.

Wawasee didn’t have much output otherwise, with just nine points from Kylee Rostochak, four points from Lexy Blunk and a free throw from Elizabeth Jackson.

Bremen (3-15) had Ashley Lucchese and Sara Slabaugh each tally nine points and Cassie Sears and Brooke Snyder register six points apiece.

Bremen’s JV got out early and rolled over Wawasee in a 36-14 final from the first tip of the night.

Wawasee (10-9) will wrap up its Northern Lakes Conference season Friday night at Northridge (17-4) and then prepare for a first-round matchup with host NorthWood (18-3) in Tuesday’s sectional opener in Nappanee. Bremen concludes its Northern State Conference ledger at Jimtown (4-15) Thursday before facing Prairie Heights (9-10) in the Central Noble Sectional.

 

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