The Knights played tournaments and practiced as hard as any team during the holidays, but added something for their community – an open practice for younger girls and their families to view and learn from.
The practice was held on Saturday. Elementary and middle-school girls’ basketball players attended and watched while the Knoch varsity team drilled and practiced as rigorously as usual. Then, the teams and their families enjoyed a pizza party followed by a chat for the younger and older girls.
Knoch head coach Scott O’Donnell noted that his team enjoyed talking to their young counterparts. “The older girls learn that the team doesn’t end with them,” said O’Donnell. “I think they kind of remember that experience from when they were younger.”
The Knights played in the West Shamokin tournament. They were coming off of a series of losses, but Savanna Steffen and Samantha Logan have been the recent box-score names for Knoch. Logan, a senior well known for cross country and middle-distance running in track, actually hosted a pre-holiday dinner for the Knights.
Knoch plays next on Thursday at home versus Highlands.