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Hawks suffer two SICL losses, rebound at EM (Hometown Press article)

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Hawks suffer two SICL losses, rebound at EM

After starting out the season 2-0, the L-S girls basketball team dropped two straight conference games last week. They then recovered with a non-conference victory over East Marshall.


By Tyson Vander Linden

L-S Newspaper Student

Both No. 13-ranked L-S and No. 9-ranked Montezuma came into last Tuesday’s game with a 2-0 record. The Bravettes outscored the Hawks in the last three quarters, taking the win with a final score of 50-25.

The L-S defense started off strong in the first quarter to put the Hawks up 11-9 after the first eight minutes, but right at the start of the second quarter, Montezuma made a quick three to steal the momentum away from the Hawks. The Bravettes’ momentum from the offensive side carried into the defensive side as well, holding the Hawks to only three points in the second quarter. The Bravettes led at the half, 22-12. Montezuma carried the momentum throughout the rest of the game. The Bravette defense held the Hawks to 25 points, and their offense was too much for the Hawks.

“We needed to do a better job of attacking on offense and forcing Monte to guard us,” said L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing. “We let them play in our space and their size hurt us.”               The Hawks had strong performances from juniors Shiloh Cunningham and Carson Fisk. Cunningham led in points with 12 and also had 12 rebounds and two steals. Fisk led in rebounds with 13 and scored nine points.

“I thought we played strong defensively at the beginning of the game, but we couldn’t keep it going throughout the game,” Cunningham said. “We need to move the ball around more effectively on offense, execute our plays, and we also need to rebound. We are going to focus more on ball movement and rebounding for future games.”


By Cody Gibbs

L-S Newspaper Student

Later in the week, the Hawks again faced a ranked team. This time it was No. 4 North Mahaska on the Warhawks’ home court on Friday, Dec. 1. North Mahaska came out on top, 52-43, the L-S girls’ second loss of the season.

Junior Carson Fisk lifts off a shot over the outstretched arms of her North Mahaska opponent.

“We didn't play well the first five minutes of the game,” noted Coach Hulsing. “We were too soft with the ball and didn't rotate to stop the ball. We played better the rest of the game, but our defense was still not good as we gave up too many easy baskets. Our communication needs to improve on the defensive end for us to play better. The difference tonight was a lack of free-throw shooting. We missed and they made theirs.”

By the end of the first quarter, the Warhawks were up 15-8. L-S held its own better in the second quarter, but trailed 29-21 at half. During the third quarter, L-S only scored six more points. The Hawks outscored North Mahaska in the final quarter, 16-13, but it wasn’t enough.

“We started out really slow and dug ourselves a hole to climb out of,” said senior Camryn Russell. “If we could take out the first five minutes of the game, we would’ve come away with a win. We didn’t attack the rim as much as we needed to, and our defense was not where it needed to be.”

Fisk had another good game, scoring a total of 20 points. She also contributed 11 rebounds. Senior Mariah Vos also had an impressive game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Mallory Loftus was the third-highest scorer with five points.

“Our defense was not near as good as it should have been,” Vos said. “We also had trouble getting to the basket and scoring. If we didn’t have trouble doing these things, the outcome may have been different.”


By Hailey Scandridge

Hometown Press Intern

The Hawks voyaged to LeGrand on Saturday, Dec. 2, to take on the Mustangs of East Marshall. The L-S girls knew the Class 2A Mustangs would put up a good fight, but they took the challenge in stride and came out victorious, 51-40.

The girls got off to a rocky start, trailing the Mustangs, 11-6, going into the second quarter. They quickly fought back to take control, going into halftime up 24-18.

The Hawks created a faster- paced second half and finished off the night with a win, 51-40.

L-S showed its aggressiveness, stealing the ball 15 times. Vos led the team in scoring with 11 points, and Fisk put up 10. Fisk was also a key component in rebounding, as she pulled down 10 boards of the team's 31.

“I thought the girls came out with better energy on the defensive end tonight,” Hulsing said. “We played better team defense and did a better job of communicating. We made positive steps in reaching our defensive goals. We had better ball movement tonight, allowing us to be able to attack the rim for some easy shots. I thought we rebounded the ball well tonight and had good scoring balance.”

Senior Jataya Meyer and Cunningham each scored eight points, Meyer making both of the Hawks’ only three pointers for the night.

“I thought we had a good defense, and eventually, our offense got going, and we were able to get the ball to more players,” said Cunningham.

Krystal Van Dyke proved herself in the game, using her right hook to put up six points. The freshman also had five rebounds.

L-S (3-2) played host to Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with results in the “Hometown Press” next week. The girls are at home this Friday, Dec. 8, to take on HLV.