GALESBURG, Illinois- The Prairie Fire pulled off an impressive conference win at home, defeating Monmouth College by a final score of 77-73. The Scots were in a tie for first place in the conference with St. Norbert heading into the game. Blake Godbold put on his best winning effort scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 boards in the contest.
The Fire jumped out to as much as a 14-point lead in the first half, but Monmouth quickly closed that gap to bring it within just one by halftime. However, Knox was able to outrun the Scots and outscored them 40-37 in the second half. Aside from Godbold, Marko Protic, Deryk Ruple and Jonathan Damota all scored in double figures putting up 13, 12 and 10 respectively. Damota also dished out six assists in the victory.
With the victory, Knox moves to 4-14 on the season and 2-9 in the Midwest Conference. Knox will look to improve on their conference record when they travel to Lake Forest College on January 27.
GALESBURG, Illinois—The Prairie Fire women’s basketball team defeated Monmouth 78-62 on Wednesday night.
Knox (12-5, 7-2 MWC) trailed 17-14 after the first quarter, but used an 11-4 run to end the first half leading 39-32. The Prairie Fire added to their lead early in the second half, scoring 12 of the first 17 points in the half. The Scots pulled to win nine again by the end of the third quarter, but Knox quickly took control in the final stanza and cruised to a 16-point victory.
Karlie Thorn finished with a game-high 21 points on a 5-for-6 performance from long range. Jarrelyn McCall had a monster game with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists. Hailey Leinart added 17 points and Kyra Huffman scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards.
The Prairie Fire shot 59.6% from the floor and 54.5% from beyond the arc in one of their most dominating games of the season.
Knox will travel to Lake Forest on January 27 for another Midwest Conference battle.