ADAMS TOWNSHIP – The Legacy Christian Knights claimed a 48-32 victory over the Clinton-Massie Lady Falcons Thursday in their first-round matchup in Clinton-Massie Holiday tournament in the middle school gym.
The Lady Falcons will face Blanchester 6:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation game of the tournament in the middle school gym.
Legacy Christian will play Badin 8 p.m. Friday in the championship game in the high school gym.
Emily Riddle led the Knights with 26 points. Emma Hest followed with 13 points.
McKenzie Avery led the Falcons with 12 points. Johanna Theetge had 8 points and both Patience Chowning and Alana Smith had 5.
Legacy Christian has now defeated Clinton-Massie twice this season. The two teams met in the Waynesville tournament where Legacy Christian posted a 63-54 win.
The Falcons got off to a fast start.\, taking a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. It wasn’t until around three minutes were left in the period that the Knights were able to score.
The slow start didn’t seem to deter the Knights, as they were able to go on a 13-2 run in the closing minutes of the quarter. With a buzzer beating 3-point shot by Riddle, Legacy Christian suddenly had a four-point advantage going into the second period.
The second quarter was all Legacy Christian as they were able to expand their lead to a 14-point gap. The Lady Falcons tried to come on, but the tight Knight defense, as well as multiple 3-pointers from Riddle, kept them submerged.
Not much changed for the Falcons in the second half as they only managed to score two points in the entire third quarter. Although they managed to score 16 in the fourth, it wasn’t enough to put much more than a scratch in the Legacy Christian lead.
Seth Murdock is a student reporter for the News Journal. He covers college and high school events.