Knights knock off Tigers

Published 12:38 am Friday, January 7, 2011

Alden-Conger’s Ariel Keller (23) attempts a layup during the first half Thursday against Medford at Alden-Conger School. The Knights beat the Tigers 66-60 in the back and forth game. -- Jon Theuer

ALDEN — Taylor Martin recorded her fourth straight double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds Thursday as the Alden-Conger Knights girls’ basketball team defeated the Medford Tigers 66-60 on Thursday in Alden.

“It was a good win for us,” Knights (5-4, 1-3 Valley) head coach Gary Newman said. “The girls really played hard. We got up and down the floor. At times we didn’t take care of the basketball very well but at the end it was still 66-60.”

Things didn’t start out well for the Knights.

Medford’s (3-6, 1-4 Gopher) Caitlin Wilson had seven early points as the Tigers built a 17-12 lead early on in the first half.

From that point on, the Knights went on an 16-8 run to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.

“We came out and we saw some different looks in that first half,” Newman said.

In the second half, Medford kept things close and at one point took a 52-51 lead with an Alicia Ahlf free throw.

The Knights then responded after that as Alden-Conger went on a 12-3 run to take a 63-55 lead and ultimately earn the 66-60 win.

“If we take care of the basketball and look for good shots, good things are going to happen,” Newman said. “We talked about that all year and we did that.”

Martin and Ariel Keller both played key roles down the stretch for the Knights.

Martin had 13 of her 24 points in the second half, while Keller had nine of her points coming in the final minutes.

“They get open and we find them and get the ball to them,” Newman said. “Once we get the ball to them, they are pretty much unstoppable.”

Along with Martin and Keller, Karina Skov also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Medford was led by Nicole Morgan, who scored 18 points.

As a team, Alden-Conger shot a blistering 56 percent from the field, and shot 11-of-26 from the free throw line.

The Knights also had 37 total rebounds and recorded 12 steals.

“If we play good defense, rebound and get going down the floor, we’re going to make things happen,” Newman said.