Lady Knights show skill, passion on the court

Saturday, July 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:26 a.m. CDT, Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Capital City Lady Knights couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pass.

The Capital City Lady Knights from Jefferson City displayed their basketball skills on Friday in round-robin play in the 13-and-under girls’ tournament in the Show-Me State Games at Brewer Field House.

Their ball movement was crisp as they turned nearly every possession into a layup or shot near the basket except when they took a long jump shot and several of them swished.

“Girls tend to be a lot less selfish,” Capital City coach Kevin Mullally said. “They sometimes even overpass the ball while guys take every shot they see.”

Capital City center Erica Groose showed her ball handling skills when she faked several passes and went around a defender for a layup; she also had a few reverse layups.

“They aren’t as naturally athletic, but they are a lot more passionate about it,” Mullally said.

Groose, who is 6 feet, scored 15 points and had seven rebounds and four blocked shots in her team’s 48-12 win against the Fredricktown Hypers.

“Shooting-wise, girls and guys are even,” Mullally said. “Girls take a little longer to pick up schemes. I think that is because guys watch more basketball on TV.”

The only difference between the boys’ and girls’ games might be the girls taping their ears.

Several members of the teams, including Capital City’s Kelsey Mueller, wore tape on their ears to protect their earrings from being ripped out.

“I just got my ears pierced and I can’t take them out,” Mueller said.

Even though girls need to put up their hair and protect their earrings, they would like to take on the boys in a game or two.

“Boys always think they’re better than us,” Arens said.

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