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Hawk girls get big win over conference rival North Mahaska (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 8, 2016, 8:02 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

Rival North Mahaska came to Sully to take on the undefeated Hawk girls basketball team on Friday, Dec. 2. After trailing by one at the half, L-S rallied in the second half to claim a 46-37 win.

Rebounds were the key to the Hawk victory. They outrebounded the Warhawks by 11, and subsequently got more second-chance points off those rebounds. Another big factor in the win was the Hawk defense in the third quarter. North Mahaska only scored two points in the entire third quarter while the Hawks put up 11 to reclaim the lead and eventually seal the game with a win.

Junior Jataya Meyer fights for the ball against a Warhawk defender. The Hawks used a second-half comeback to defeat the Warhawks and stay undefeated on the year.

Junior Jataya Meyer fights for the ball against a Warhawk defender. The Hawks used a second-half comeback to defeat the Warhawks and stay undefeated on the year.

"I thought the girls played fairly well tonight on defense,” said L-S Head Coach Jerry Hulsing. “In the first half, we had a few breakdowns, but in the second half, we played great team defense. Being able to hold NM to two points in a quarter was big. It was good to see us execute with the game on the line. I liked how we attacked the boards and got several second-chance points.”

The Hawks put up 11 points to North Mahaska’s two in the third quarter to pull away 31-23. L-S outscored the Warhawks just 15-14 in the final quarter to finish off the comeback.

Sophomore Carson Fisk led the way for the Hawks in scoring. She had 13 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Senior Jelissa Rozendaal had a double-double on the night as she had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior Mariah Vos put up eight points while senior Brenna Lanser and junior Camryn Russell each had six. Vos and Lanser both came down with six boards as well. Junior Jataya Meyer came in off the bench and added two points for the Hawks.

As a team, L-S made 19 of 45 shots (42 percent). The Hawks only connected on two three-pointers, both by Russell. From the free-throw line, L-S went six-for-13 (46 percent).

North Mahaska dropped to 2-2 while L-S improved to 3-0.

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