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2-0 L-S girls beat Baxter in first road game (Hometown Press article)

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2-0 L-S girls beat Baxter in first road game

The L-S girls basketball team didn’t have too much difficulty on the road at Baxter on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The JV and varsity both came out with wins against the Bolts. The varsity girls won with a final score 67-39.

The team has started off the season strong, improving to 2-0 after Tuesday night’s game.

L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing said the Hawks again played with great effort.

Junior Carson Fisk reaches up for a layup under pressure from a Baxter Bolt. Fisk finished the night with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

“I thought we ran the floor well tonight and did a good job of finding the open girl for some easy baskets,” he said. “It all started on the defensive end; when we cut off their drives to the basket, we were able to over play and get some turnovers.”

Hulsing added that he’d like to see his team rebound the ball better and not get caught too far under the rim.

The L-S girls found their up-tempo rhythm in the first quarter to go up 15-8 and pushed their lead to 38-18 by halftime. The Hawks finished the game strong.

The L-S defense kept the Hawks in control for the majority of the game, only being outscored in the final quarter by two points. Junior Shiloh Cunningham led the team in steals with six.

Sophomore Mallory Loftus crosses half-court ahead of her Baxter defender. Loftus had a solid night with 14 points and four rebounds.

Strong performances were seen from junior Carson Fisk, senior Mariah Vos, and sophomore Mallory Loftus. Fisk led the team with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Vos added 15 points and seven rebounds. Loftus contributed 14 points and four rebounds.

“Tuesday night was a fast-paced game,” Fisk said. “After we slowed the game down and became comfortable, we started opening up the floor more and saw more open shots. Our defense started out slow, but developed in the course of the game.”

After beating Baxter, the L-S girls then had a week to prepare for a big rivalry game against the Montezuma Bravettes on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

“We are excited about the Monte game on Tuesday and ready to face the challenge,” said senior Camryn Russell. “Preparing for them will include a lot of conditioning and also perfecting the skills and fundamentals we already have. We are ready and looking forward to that big game.”

The girls will also be at North Mahaska this Friday, Dec. 1, for a quad. The varsity basketball teams also have a rare Saturday game this weekend at East Marshall.

JV RESULTS

The JV girls looked sharp and improved on their shooting in their second game of the year last week. L-S beat Baxter, 52-32, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the last game before Thanksgiving break.

“We were much sharper tonight with our playing action,” noted L-S JV Coach Jeff Corbett. “We made eight three-pointers and also got the ball inside for high percentage shots. Although we were still ragged with the ball, we forced Baxter into lots of turnovers. The defense is improving. It was a good win going into break.”

Freshman Krystal Van Dyke had a double-double night with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also had three assists and three steals.

Freshman Megan Van Zante and sophomore Abby Gruver were the next top shooters with nine points apiece. Ninth-grader Cally Gibbs added six points off of two three-pointers.

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