KNIGHTS DOWNS EAGLES IN OVERTIME
ST JOES 57 THS 46 (OT)
Friday’s game was a match up of two teams tied for third place in the Ocean league. Two evenly matched teams, and it played out that way during the game as well. The Eagles found themselves in a tough battle vs. St. Joseph’s Friday night and it came down to the wire. At the end of regulation the Knights and the Eagles were tied at 42.
Anyone who knows basketball knows that when it gets into overtime almost anything can happen and little things make a difference. In Friday’s game it was a couple of unlikely three pointers and some made free throws that carried the Knights to victory.
About overtime Coach Koehler said, “St. Joe’s came back in overtime and banked 2 3’s. We had a couple key turnovers and then we fouled to stop the clock and they made their free throws.”
Senior Hope Erwin led the team in scoring with 13 and freshman Hannah Horton scored 12. The Eagles play tomorrow night at home for Senior night. Game starts at 6:45 and the Eagles will celebrate seniors Hope Erwin, Rain Garcia, Hannah Clark, Korah Lipsit and Ashley Hurdle in a ceremony before the game.
EAGLE FALL TO NIPOMO IN TOUGH ROAD LOSS
NIPOMO 49 THS 41
The Eagles went into Friday’s game knowing they were in for a battle. Nipomo is always a tough team and the games are usually tight and victory often hinges on everyone playing well and playing together as a team. Back in December the Eagles knocked off the Titans 80-72 in a thriller at home. But a lot has happened to the Eagles since then. As sometimes happens injuries cause the team to half to readjust. And the Eagles have had ot do a lot of that lately.
On Friday, on the road at Nipomo, the Eagles played well and held the Titans well under their average but without some of the Eagles top scorers – Xander Shaw and Evan Asplund – it was a tough game.
Coach Cherry shared, “I think our boys played well Friday. We had to again adjust with missing three players who previously played a lot of minutes. While I think we played well, especially on defense, we were just a little rough on our shooting and that cost us. The kids have stepped up big in the absence of key players and I am proud of them for that.”
Seth Cherry and Josh Kaiser led the Eagles with 9 points each. Leading rebounder was Seth Cherry with 10, followed by Zach Headington with 5.
Eagles will get a few extra days off this week with no game on Tuesday and will next play on Friday against Orcutt Academy on the road. Go Eagles!
EAGLES SHUT OUT NIPOMO, AVENGE EARLIER LOSS
THS 1 NIPOMO 0
The Templeton Eagles Girls Varsity Soccer team traveled to Nipomo to take on the Lady Titans in an Ocean League showdown. The team was eager to avenge a heartbreaking Home opener against the Nipomo Lady Titans back in mid-December. Like our first match, it was a knock-down drag-out defensive battle from starting whistle to the final whistle. Nipomo started the First Half extremely aggressive, defending in numbers and physically taking the ball away from us. They won 75% of loose balls and quickly attacked each time they had possession of the ball. The Lady Titans doubled the number of shots on goal, 6, compared to our 3. However, our defensive unit (Michaela Wong, Maddie Bobbitt, Melissa Ingle, Grace Alsup, Megan Ingle and Rayne Waltmire), including Goalkeeper Isabella Cowne, had an outstanding night and kept Nipomo from scoring. About 25 minutes into the match earned a Corner Kick. Although we didn’t score from that kick, we dangerously kept possession of the ball in Nipomo Penalty Area. Each time Nipomo tried to clear the ball, we would send it back in. As the ball moved across the mouth of the goal, Lauryn English quickly struck the ball, sending a rocket past the Nipomo goalkeeper. The first half ended with us in the lead, 1 – 0.
The second half was similar to the first half, a true defensive battle. The number of shots on goal by each team was close, Nipomo 5 and THS 4. Both teams had several scoring opportunities, but neither team was able to score. The game went back and forth as one team would attack with the other team winning the ball and then counter-attacking. Both team’s Goalkeepers made several outstanding saves to keep the match close. With about 12 minutes left in the match, we had an opportunity to double the score. Emily Puita earned a Penalty Kick when she dribbled the ball into the Penalty Area and was fouled by a Nipomo player. The Nipomo Goalkeeper made an excellent save to keep the score close. To their credit, Nipomo continued to attack up until the final whistle blew.
In the JV game the Eagles also won by 1-0 margin with Clair Duenow scoring the only goal of the game. Next game for the Eagles is a home match up with Orcutt Academy. JV plays at 4:00 and Varsity at 6:00.