The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights armor was shining bright on the Mariucci Arena floor Wednesday night as Siri Sviggum scored 23 points to lead them to a 64-31 win over the Redwood Valley Cardinals in Minneapolis.
The Knights controlled the opening tip and Sviggum's lay up :05 into the game game them a lead they would never relinquish. The Cardinals would break into the scoring column on a free throw by Lauren Hanson with 15:08 left. K-W went on a 5-0 run with a basket from Megan Quam and a three pointer from Sviggum. The Knights would also go on another 5-0 run as well as a 9-0 and 15-0 run, including five straight points from Brittany Flom. Only two Cardinals would score in the first half , Hanson, who had 7 and Tara Sandgren with 5 as K-W led at the half 39-12.
In the second half, the Cardinals, the first team to come from Redwood Falls since 1979 scored six straight points, including a three pointer from Sandgren. Victoria Quast hit a basket to become the third Redwood Valley player to score. The Knights would widen their lead on three pointers from Sviggum and Meg Clark and go on a 14-3 run to send the game into running time. With 4:22 remaining in the game, K-W head coach Brent Lurken started to clear his bench and give the reserves playing time.
Other players in double figures for the Knights were Flom with 14 points. Meg Clark added 11. Sandgren led the Cardinals with 13 points. Hanson contributed 11.
K-W, the Class AA tournament's second seed, improved their record to 30-1 and will play the winner of the Esko-New London-Spicer game Friday night at 8 PM at Williams Arena. Redwood Valley ended their season with a record of 19-10.
Sviggum is the niece of Minnesota politician and basketball referee Steve Sviggum.
The floor at Mariucci Arena used for the state tournament was on loan from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.