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L-S girls battle BGM, earn easy win over E-B-F (Hometown Press article)

posted Feb 11, 2018, 8:59 PM by Shane Ehresman

L-S girls battle BGM, earn easy win over E-B-F

The L-S girls basketball team traveled to Brooklyn to take on the BGM Bears last Tuesday, Jan. 30. The game was tightly contested throughout. Even though the game should not have been as close as it was, the Hawks prevailed, winning 57-47.  The win moves the Hawks to 14-5 on the season.

“We played just like we practiced on Monday night,” said L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing. “Our focus was not good on the defensive end. We gave up way too many easy baskets from layups or not closing out with high hands on shooters. We did step up and hit some outside shots, but we had too many unforced turnovers and didn't rebound the ball well.”

Leading the charge for the Hawks was senior Mariah Vos and junior Carson Fisk contributing 13 points apiece. Vos also led the team in rebounds with nine. Junior Shiloh Cunningham was second in rebounds with seven. The Hawks edged the Bears 39-25 in the rebounding category.

L-S sophomore Mallory Loftus has a clear path to the hoop in last Tuesday’s game at BGM.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of moving the ball around on offense, which created some open looks. We didn’t play together very well defensively though, but it is something that we will continue to work on in practices,” said Vos.

A big difference maker in the game was the free-throw shooting. The Bears were a dismal two-of-10 from the charity stripe while the Hawks converted on 18 of their 29 free-throw attempts. Those points proved crucial to the win at the end of the night.

A few days later, on Friday, Feb. 2, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont traveled to L-S to play the Hawks in L-S’s second-to-last regular season game. The Hawks easily defeated E-B-F with a final score of 60-38. This brings the Hawks’ record to 15-5.

“Our defense was pretty good most of the game,” Hulsing said. “E-B-F puts a lot of pressure on your defense because they spread the floor, which caused our help side to be a step slow. I thought we got better as the game went on. We started to jump to the ball and were ready to help, which helped us rebound better also. When we attacked the rim, our offense clicked, and we were able to get some easy baskets.”

The Hawks jumped to an early lead, putting up 21 points in the first quarter, and their opponent was only able to put up 12. The second quarter was a little bit tighter, with the Hawks edging E-B-F 12-10. At half, the score was 33-22. In the second half, the Hawks put up a total of 27 more points. Eddyville could not compete, only scoring 16 more, making the final score 60-38.

Fisk and Loftus spearheaded the L-S offense with 17 points each. Vos, senior Jataya Meyer, and Cunningham all had eight points each. Senior Camryn Russell put up two more points for the team as well. The team had 34 total rebounds on the night, led by Cunningham and freshman Krystal Van Dyke with seven apiece. Loftus added six. The Hawks also had eight total assists with three coming from Russell.

Senior Camryn Russell brings the ball past her E-B-F opponent last Friday at home.