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L-S girls upset 2A-ranked Montezuma (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 15, 2016, 8:18 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 8:19 PM ]

L-S girls upset 2A-ranked Montezuma

Both the L-S and Montezuma girls basketball teams came into Friday night undefeated in conference play. On top of that, the Bravettes were ranked No. 13 in Class 2A. This led to a highly anticipated matchup in which the winner would have early control over the west side of the SICL.

After a slow start to the game for L-S, the Hawks came back and took a 13-point lead into halftime, 30-17. After a low-scoring third quarter, the fourth quarter had an up-tempo pace. Even though Montezuma outscored L-S 21-18 in the final period, the L-S girls came away with the victory, 57-45.

“The girls played a great game. Our defense was really good, and I thought we did a good job of communicating on screens and had a hand up on shooters,” shared head coach Jerry Hulsing. “We did a good job of rebounding the ball and attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line. I'm really proud how hard our kids played.”

L-S shot 30 free throws on the game compared to Montezuma's 15. The Hawks made an impressive 25 of those free throws, good for 83 percent for the game. The girls also did a good job of getting to the boards, as they out-rebounded Montezuma by seven.

Senior Brenna Lanser had a season-high point total for the Hawks in 21 points. Sophomore Carson Fisk was the second-leading scorer with 14 points while junior Mariah Vos had 10 points. Junior Camryn Russell contributed six points while senior Jelissa Rozendaal and juniors Jataya Meyer and Hailey Scandridge chipped in two points apiece.

Lanser was one rebound away from a double-double, as she pulled down nine boards. Fisk and Scandridge each had four rebounds while Vos and Meyer both had three.

Lanser recounted the prep work that went on before Friday’s matchup.

“We had been working really hard in practice to prepare for Montezuma,” she said. “We knew they were going to be a tough test for us and that we had to bring our best. We had all the momentum at halftime, and it carried us through the rest of the game.”

With the big win, L-S remains unbeaten so far this season with six wins. Montezuma, meanwhile, drops to 4-2.

The Hawk girls were set to travel to Colfax-Mingo on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and will be on the road again this Friday at Keota.