Knudsvig scores 41 in Raider win
Behind the penetrating drive of junior guard Andy Knudsvig, the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders girl's basketball team easily handled the visiting Park Christian Falcons in the Section 6-1A north quarterfinals in Lake Park Thursday night.
Knudsvig's fearless penetration into the Park Christian lane the entire game netted her 41 points on the night, and boosted the third seeded Raiders past the sixth seeded Falcons 68-56.
"(Andy's) one of our go-to girls and she knows how to drive and take it to the bucket and draw the foul as well," said Raider head coach Tiffany Christiansen. "She's done that for us all season and she did it again tonight. Tonight she was huge for us."
Knudsvig also went 14-19 from the charity stripe, drawing Park Christian fouls all night long.
The first half saw Lake Park-Audubon put a tenacious full-court press on the Falcons, causing turnovers and mistakes by the visiting team.
"The girls did a great job coming out and being ready to play and moving their hands and feet and causing turnovers," Christiansen said. "We just have to be able to convert on the turnovers we have."
The Raiders slowly built a 32-29 lead at halftime.
Lake Park-Audubon came out swinging in the second half, and built an 11-point lead at 51-40 with 8:47 left in the game. A pair of three-pointers by Park Christian's Alexa Pennick and a pair of free-throws brought that lead down to six at 54-48, with 6 minutes to go in the game.
The Raiders quickly answered on their next possession when senior guard Ashley Thompson put in a bucket in the paint, drew the foul and converted the free-throw.
Knudsvig drew a foul on the following Raider possession, causing Park Christian's Kelsey Kowalski to foul out of the game.
After Knudsvig made her free-throws, Thompson quickly stole the ball away from Park Christian and dished to Knudsvig for an easy fast-break lay-up.
Two big offensive rebounds by Breann Hogie and Thompson with just over a minute left in the game sealed the win for the Raiders, who scored the final seven points of the game at the free-throw line.
Knudsvig led all scorers with her 41 points, while Thompson added 12 points of her own. The Falcons were led in scoring by Sydney Weber with 23 points.
Lake Park-Audubon traveled to Concordia College to take on Barnesville Friday night in the Section 6-1A north semifinal game. Look in Wednesday's Detroit Lakes Tribune for results from that game.
Section 6-1A north quarterfinals: (6) Park Christian at (3) Lake Park-Audubon, Thursday, March 3.
Falcons 29 27 - 56
Raiders 32 36 - 68
Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- LP: Ashley Thompson 3-1-3-4-12; Andy Knudsvig 12-1-14-19-41; Marley McDunn 3-0-0-0-6; Chelsea Raaen 0-0-2-2-2; Megan Anderson 2-0-2-2-6; Breann Hogie 0-0-1-2-1. TEAM: 20-2-22-29-68.
PC: Kelsey Kowalski 0-0-3-4-3; Sydney Weber 5-1-10-12-23; Julia striker 5-0-3-10-13; Brittney Kelley 1-0-3-4-5; Whitney Weisz 9-1-0-1-21; Alexa Pennick 1-3-1-2-12. TEAM: 12-4-20-32-56.