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Hawk girls soar past Tigerhawks, Warriors (Hometown Press article)

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:11 PM by Shane Ehresman

The Lynnville-Sully girls improved to 13-5 with a pair of victories last week. The Hawks were on the road to Colfax-Mingo on Jan. 23 and came away with the 59-34 victory.

L-S got off to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter. They continued to put up points and went into the second half up 40-12. The second half was low scoring, but the Hawks come out victorious, 59-34.

Junior Carson Fisk led the team in scoring with 18 points. She was followed by seniors Mariah Vos (13 points), Jataya Meyer (11), and Camryn Russell (eight). Junior Shiloh Cunningham put up five points, and sophomores Janelle Rozendaal and Abby Gruver each chipped in two.

Though the Hawks came out ahead, L-S Head Coach Jerry Hulsing saw some areas to be improved on in the game

"Our defensive rotation was a step slow to start, and we ended up fouling too much," he said. "Our offensive execution was not what it needs to be for us to be successful."

The Hawks gave up 19 turnovers and had 12 steals. L-S outrebounded the Tigerhawks 37-30 but only cashed in eight second-chance points.

The girls were a solid seven-of-16 from the three-point area and eight-of-13 from the free-throw line.

A few days later, the 2-14 Warriors were no match for L-S on Friday, Jan. 27. On the road, the Hawks kept HLV to single-digit scoring each quarter and soared to a 50-17 win.

"I thought we played as close to a complete game defensively and offensively as we had all season," commented Hulsing. "I was pleased with the girls' focus to details."

The Hawks pounced on the Warriors early, 22-5 in the first and 39-7 by the half. L-S quickly arrived at a 50-17 victory.

A quartet of players led in scoring: Sophomore Mallory Loftus with 13 points, Russell with 12, Vos with 10, and Cunningham with nine. Fisk put up four, and freshman Krystal Van Dyke contributed two.

Sophomore Mallory Loftus protects the ball from her HLV defender in the Hawks’ 50-17 win last Friday.

Rebounding was balanced throughout the roster, with Vos leading with six. Loftus, Fisk, and Van Dyke all pulled down five rebounds, and Cunningham had four. The team totalled 34 boards.

The L-S girls were scheduled to play at BGM on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and will host Eddyville-Blakesburg on Friday, Feb. 2. Their last regular season game will be at Belle Plaine on Monday, Feb. 5.

Post-season play begins on Thursday, Feb. 8, for the Hawk girls. They will play HLV at Sully. The winner will play either Collins-Maxwell or Ankeny Christian Academy on Thursday, Feb. 8.


Junior Kaylee Maasdam plays tight defense on a Colfax-Mingo ballhandler during the 59-34 Hawk win on Tuesday, Jan. 23.