Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daniel Thompson

Potter-Dix Boys Topple Knights


South Platte came out swinging at Potter-Dix on Saturday night. The Knights banged out a 7 point lead in the first few minutes of the game.

But the Coyotes weren’t shaken by the sudden onslaught.

“I was a little worried, but I had confidence in our team,” Bryant Knigge said. “I knew we’d come back.”

Things quickly shifted for the Coyotes when they switched to a full court man defense putting more pressure on the Knights causing turnovers that led to easy drives down the court allowing the Coyotes to end the first quarter with a one point lead of 17-16.

“Our defense is getting better and our rebounding is getting better,” Brady Knigge pointed out.

The second quarter started off better for the Coyotes, with Luke Johnson hitting two free throws at the beginning increasing the lead to 19-16. The momentum kept going with steals by Bryant Knigge who drove each down the court for two points each time, ultimately scoring 23 points in the game.

The Coyotes kept hammering away at the Knights defense by smart passes that found the right man under the hoop leading them to end the first half with a 31-22 lead over South Platte. The Coyotes kept the lead for the rest of the game coming out on top with a 72-49 victory.

“I feel like we’re making progress. We came out a little bit sluggish, but other than that we got some pressure up and were able to get some steals and some easy buckets. We shot from the free throw line better and had better ball movement. Things just seemed to roll from there,” head coach Chad Miller said.

The win follows a devastating loss to Bayard the previous night, in which Bayard was able to defeat the Coyotes by a single point.

The Coyotes will next face the Leyton January 11, on Leyton’s home court.

“I’m pumped for that. It’s always fun to play Leyton. It’s always a good competition,” Bryant Knigge added.


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