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Hawks fly past Bears, Eagles to improve to 7-2 (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 22, 2017, 4:16 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

Hawks fly past Bears, Eagles to improve to 7-2

The Lynnville-Sully girls are on a five-game win streak after picking up a couple of solid conference victories last week.


To say the Hawks came out strong against BGM last Tuesday, Dec. 12, would be an understatement. The girls established an impressive 21-0 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 53-35 win.

Senior Mariah Vos protects the ball against the BGM defense last Tuesday at home.

“We had good execution all night and got up fast,” said junior Shiloh Cunningham. “We didn’t look back after scoring 21 in the first quarter.”

Junior Carson Fisk led the team in points with 17. Senior Mariah Vos was right behind her with 15. Fisk went 8-of-16 and was 100 percent from the free-throw line. Vos was 7-of-17 in shooting. Junior Shiloh Cunningham was 3-of-5 with seven points.

The Hawks had 14 steals on the night, with three each coming from Fisk and senior Jataya Meyer. L-S had 31 total rebounds on the night. Fisk also led in this category with 10 rebounds. Vos pulled down five rebounds.

The Hawks had half the fouls the Bears had. It was a cleanly played game with 10 BGM fouls, and the Hawks only had five.

“We started the game playing good pressure defense and built a nice lead, but in the last three quarters, we relaxed defensively and let BGM move the ball easily. As a result, we gave up too many points and stood and watched and didn't go box out. Our offense was all off   of transition, which we work on, but our half-court execu-tion needs to get better,” said   L-S

Coach Jerry Hulsing.


Later in the week, the Hawks once again came out strong and never looked back, defeating Keota (0-8) 58-20 on Friday, Dec. 15.

The L-S girls scored a quick 22 points in the first quarter and held Keota to three points in the first quarter and four in the second. The Hawks scored another 20 in the second quarter to make the halftime score 42-7.

“We came out ready to play and didn’t underestimate their team,” said senior Camryn Russell. “We prepared ourselves physically and mentally just like any other game. We played to our level, which will carry over to the rest of our game.”

L-S went 24-of-45 from the field, making 53 percent of their shots. Keota went 7-of-31, making only 22 percent of their shots. The Hawks went 5-of-11 from the three-point line and made 71 percent of their free throws, going 5-of-7.

Meyer and Cunningham led the Hawks in points with nine each. Cunningham made both of the three-pointers she shot. Fisk was 4-of-6 on field goals, scoring eight points.

The Hawks had 30 rebounds – 11 offensive and 19 defensive. Meyer and freshman Krystal Van Dyke led the team in the rebound category with five each. Sophomore Janelle Rozendaal was right behind them with four.

The Hawks had seven assists on the night and 12 steals. Vos led the Hawks in steals with four. L-S had six blocks on the night with Van Dyke leading the team with two.

“The girls did a better job of focusing in on the details of the game and working to take away what Keota was trying to do on the defensive end, and we rebounded the ball well,” Hulsing said. “On offense, we did a good job seeing the open areas or girls, which led to some good shots. Our execution was better tonight.”

The 7-2 Hawks were scheduled to be on the road at Sigourney on Tuesday, Dec. 19. They’ll finish up the first half of the season at Tri-County on Thursday, Dec. 21, before taking a break for the holidays. The Hawks will return to action in the New Year at English Valleys on Friday, Jan. 5.