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L-S girls ‘battled to the end’ versus No. 6 team

For the third year in a row, the Lynnville-Sully girls had their state dreams cut short in the regional final game. The 15th-ranked Hawks were in it to the end but dropped their substate game on Monday, Feb. 20, to Marquette Catholic, 53-46.

“I am very proud of how hard the girls played tonight,” said L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing. “They never gave up and battled to the end. We didn’t get our offense going in the first half; we had some chances, but just could not knock them down.”

Sophomore Carson Fisk controls the ball as she brings it up court for L-S in last Tuesday’s game against English Valleys.

Marquette’s size hurt the Hawks, but the L-S girls kept battling to overcome it. L-S trailed by just one, 7-6, after the first eight minutes, but the Mohawks stretched their lead to 19-11 at the half.

By the end of the third quarter, L-S was down 36-25. The final quarter was high scoring by both teams, and though the Hawks tried to make up the difference, they fell 53-46 after putting up 21 points in the last eight minutes.

As a team, the Hawks shot 40 percent (15 of 37) from the field and 56 percent (13 of 23) from the free-throw line. They grabbed 26 rebounds to Marquette’s 33.

In her final game with the Hawk jersey, senior Brenna Lanser put up an impressive 20 points to become the seventh Hawk in L-S girls five-player basketball history to score 1,000 career points. Lanser is the daughter of Eric and Amber Lanser of Lynnville and Rhonda and Paul Carpenter of Lynnville.

Junior Mariah Vos was the Hawks’ second-leading scorer with 10 points, followed by sophomore Carson Fisk with five and junior Camryn Russell with four. Freshman Mallory Loftus put up three points, and senior Jelissa Rozendaal and sophomore Shiloh Cunningham each had two.

Junior Camryn Russell gets off a layup versus Marquette Catholic on Monday, Feb. 20.

Lanser and Fisk topped the rebounding stats with nine apiece. Lanser also had three assists and three steals.

This was the final game for seniors Lanser and Rozendaal.

“I want to thank our two seniors (Jelissa and Brenna) for all they did for our program the last four years,” Hulsing said.

The Hawks finished the season with a 21-3 overall record.

English Valleys

By John Trettin

L-S Newspaper I Class

Senior Brenna Lanser goes up for a shot against Wayne on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Hawks’ second regional basketball game.

To make it to the regional final, the L-S girls had to beat two teams in their bracket. The tournament trail began when they beat the English Valleys Bears, 48-18, on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Hawks came off a first-round bye.

A key for L-S was a strong defensive effort. The Hawks held the Bears to their third-lowest point total of the season. The girls forced 27 turnovers and held the Bears to only 20 percent from the field.

“I thought our defense was pretty good. We did a good job of communicating on screens and rebounding the ball,” said Hulsing.

Lanser led the Hawks in scoring with 18 points on 19 shots. Fisk shot five-of-12 from the field for 12 points. Vos had six points on nine attempts.

“We had a good game plan and a couple of good practices before this game. We executed the plays we’ve been working on in practice,” said Lanser.

Another key in the Hawk victory was an 18-6 advantage on the offensive boards. Lanser led the team in rebounds with 13, including five on the offensive glass. Rozendaal and Russell each pulled down five boards.

“We’ve been working hard on rebounding and boxing out in practice, especially on offensive rebounding. The hard work we’ve put in the past couple of practices paid off,” said Rozendaal.


The Hawk girls’ second regional game pitted them against Wayne of Corydon on Friday, Feb. 17. L-S pulled off a 63-54 victory at home.

“We did what we had to do to get the win, and at this point, that is what matters,” Hulsing said after the game. “Our defense needs to communicate more and be ready to help, stopping the ball from getting to the rim. On offense, we needed to make the zone shift side to side with ball movement. When we did, we were able to attack the rim. We hit some clutch free throws down the stretch.”

Lanser had a hot hand that night with a whopping 30 points. She completed her double-double night with 10 rebounds. Fisk totalled 16 points, and Rozendaal and Russell added six apiece. Fisk and Russell had three assists each.

Other top rebounders behind Lanser with eight each were Fisk and Rozendaal.