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Late-game turnovers do-in Warriors


Late-game turnovers do-in Warriors

3-point shooting comes in handy in loss to Newman Catholic


The Warriors dropped a close contest to Newman Catholic that went back and forth throughout the evening Tuesday night. The Warriors clung to the lead for the majority of the game, but in the end, a late-game run by the Knights undid the Warriors strong performance, losing 61-52.

The Warriors got off to a strong start, taking two-point lead off a layup by senior Dalton Winter, who was assisted by sophomore Alex Schriever.

The Knights kept it close for most of the opening period, but a contested layup from freshman Jacob Staudt and a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer gave the Warriors a 13-6 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Warriors increased their lead early in the second thanks to a 3-point field goal from Staudt to make the score 16-6 at approximately a minute into the second period.

Without three minutes to play in the half, the score stood at 21-11 in favor of the Warriors, but the Knights went on a six-point run to close out the quarter and pull within four heading into the intermission.

Things looked promising for the Warriors early in the second half as another 3-pointer from Staudt and a pair of quick baskets from senior Tony Hain made the score 32-26 in favor of the Warriors at about the midway point of the third quarter.

Costly turnovers allowed the Knights to take the lead, however a timely 3-point field goal from Hain tied the game at 37-37 going into the final quarter.

The Warriors were dominant early in the fourth, and were propelled by early scores from Hain, senior Adam Staudt and Schriever.

The Warriors lead 48-42 when Hain came up with a big steal that he immediately turned into two points.

On the very next play, Schriever added a steal of his own, which he capitalized with a layup, to make the score 52-42 midway through the fourth.

The Warriors were looking strong, but failed to score any more baskets after this point, and several turnovers led directly to points for the Knights. Newman Catholic ended the game on a 19-0 run and put away the Warriors, 6152. The loss drops Rockford to 1-4 overall.

The Warriors play their next game at home against district rival Central Springs on Dec.

18 at 7:30 p.m.

By Andy Larson

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