On Tuesday night, the Knights basketball team (15-7) was crowned District Champion when they beat Roland-Story (16-7) on a neutral site 61-58. The Knights got off to a slow start in the first half and were down 16 at one point. But second half adjustments allowed the Knights to go on a 19-1 run in the third quarter that erased the deficit. The momentum changing highlight came when Ivan Johnson dunked for an “and one” three point play. He finished the game with 24 points and has been for the Knights all season along with Dontre English, who finished the game with 16 points. Perhaps the biggest bucket of the game came when Preston Brittain (who finished with 15 points) hit a three pointer to tie the game with 16.7 seconds left in the game.
The team now moves onto Substate this Saturday where they will play Panorama (18-4) and an opportunity to qualify for State. This is the furthest that any Woodward Academy team has advanced in the post season since the varsity basketball program began in 2008. You can read a Des Moines Register article on the game here and check out a video below.