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Hawk teams split with Grand View Christian (Hometown Press article)

posted Jan 20, 2018, 8:58 PM by Shane Ehresman

Hawk teams split with Grand View Christian

The gym in Sully was packed with excited fans as the Hawk basketball teams hosted Grand View Christian in non-conference matchups on Friday, Jan. 12. By the end of the night, the L-S girls had picked up their 10th win of the season while the Hawk boys came up short at the hand of the 2017 state champs for their second loss this season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

                The L-S girls swiftly defeated the Thunder 57-32 and also set a year-high rebound total of 56.

L-S got off to a strong start, outscoring GVC 16-8 in the first quarter and 17-5 in the second. The Hawks continued to grow the gap and came out victorious 57-32.

Senior Jataya Meyer drives into the lane as she slips past her GVC defender last Friday.

L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing liked how the Hawks started the game defensively, maintaining good ball pressure and working well together on rotations.

"We forced Grand View into several turnovers and forced shots," Hulsing said. "Our offense got rolling when we attacked the basket. Second half, we struggled a little but I thought we made some adjustments that we needed to get our offense on track again."

Freshman Krystal Van Dyke led the team in both scoring and rebounds while creating a double-double night for herself. The freshman totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Mariah Vos put up 13 points, and junior Carson Fisk scored 12. Both girls had eight rebounds. Junior Shiloh Cunningham and sophomore Mallory Loftus each chipped in six points.

Fisk made the Hawks' two three-pointers of the night. L-S was 29-of-69 from the range and seven-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Crashing the boards was a key component as the Hawks set a year-high rebounding record. L-S pulled down 26 defensive rebounds and 30 offensive.

"We rebounded well, which led us to be able to get our offense going," commented Hulsing.

The girls had 16 turnovers and a solid 12 steals.

Freshman Krystal Van Dyke lays up a shot against Grand View Christian last Friday night. Van Dyke led the team in both scoring and rebounds.

BOYS BASKETBALL

                The L-S boys knew they had their work cut out for them coming into the game against the 12-0 Grand View Christian Thunder. After 32 minutes of a hard-fought battle, the Hawks came up short, 75-62.

Senior Tanner Foster stretches up as he tries to knock the ball from Grand View Christian.

The Thunder got up early in the first quarter, 9-2, but the Hawks quickly caught up to them. With 15 seconds to go in the first half, L-S was up 37-35, GVC hit a shot, and they went into the second half tied.

Early in the third, the Thunder was able to rack up points while the Hawks were at a standstill. Despite strong efforts, L-S was unable to close the gap, ending the game 75-62.

"We came up a little short on the scoreboard, but we got better tonight," said head coach Nick Harthoorn. "Our effort and intensity were excellent. Hopefully, we can learn from this game and continue to work together to develop our strengths as a team."

Senior Jesse Van Wyk led in both scoring and rebounding, with 18 and 13 respectively. Classmate Tanner Foster put up 16 and had six rebounds. Junior Tyson Vander Linden contributed eight points, and senior Brevin Hansen and junior Rylan James each chipped in six.

Junior Tyson Vander Linden releases a shot over a player from GVC. Vander Linden tallied six points at home last Friday.

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