Lady Knights defeat Johnson University Royals at home
On Saturday afternoon, 1-18-14, the Lady Knights of Kentucky Christian University met the Royals of Johnson University on the basketball court for the first time this season. Johnson had lost to the Lady Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University by only 3 the night before, the same margin by which KCU had fallen to OCU in overtime on Tuesday night. So a hard-fought match was to be expected.
Johnson controlled the opening tap, and hit a 3 to start the game. KCU took the ball down, and missed 3 shots before turning over. JU was out to a 7-0 lead before KCU put point on the board, the second of 2 free throws by Jana Glick. Allie Slone and Sharonda each scored to make it 5-10. Tanya Bowens scored moments later, making the score 12-8 Johnson. This basket made Bowens only the second Lady Knight to score over 2000s point in her career. At the 3:30 mark, Johnson was up 26-23, and KCU narrowed this gap to 2 at the half.
After the break, it was a different game altogether for the Lady Knight players. They took charge, and took the lead rather quickly, and didn't look back. They widened the gap to 15, and finished the game with a margin of 13, at 78-65. Johnson's Madi Phillippe had 21, and each of the remaining JU starters had either 10 or 11 points. Monica Stevens for KCU had a double-double, with 10 points and 15 boards, while Allie Slone scored 13, and was the catalyst for keeping the game close early on. Bowens finished with 35 points, while fellow senior Sharonda Jones had 9 and junior Jana Glick scored 8 to go with her 8 boards. Katelyn Meyer had only 2 points, but she had several really nice baskets scored from the 4 assists she dished.
The Lady Knights are now 10-7, and travel to Midway on Tuesday to play their next road game.