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L-S recovers from disappointing loss with first-round win (Hometown Press article)

posted Feb 15, 2018, 8:50 PM by   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 8:51 PM ]


                An intense match between Belle Plaine and L-S brought the regular season to a close for the Hawks on Tuesday, Feb. 6. After a back-and-forth game against the Plainsmen, the Hawks were unable to come away with the win, coming up short by two points, 53-51.

L-S had a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, but Belle Plaine tied it up at the half, 27-27. The two teams were neck and neck, and the Hawks were down by two points with a few seconds left. L-S battled hard but was unable to cash in on a last-second shot and took the loss, 53-51.

A trio of scorers led for the Hawks: Junior Shiloh Cunningham (11), sophomore Mallory Loftus (10), and junior Carson Fisk (9).

Freshman Krystal Van Dyke put up seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Mariah Vos also contributed seven points, and classmate Camryn Russell chipped in five.

L-S was outrebounded 26-36 but forced 13 of Belle Plaine's 28 turnovers. "The more aggressive and physical team won tonight." commented L-S Head Coach Jerry Hulsing.

The Hawks were able to capitalize on the high number of fouls by cashing in on 12-of-16 free throws.

The L-S girls tied for fourth in the South Iowa Cedar League Conference with Belle Plaine. Their other losses came from conference champions North Mahaska, conference runner-up Sigourney, and Montezuma.


                The Lynnville-Sully girls came off their first game in regional play with a win at home on Feb. 11. The Hawks faced HLV for the second time this year and easily defeated them, 65-29.

L-S came out hungry for success, outscoring the warriors 24-6 in the first quarter. The Hawks continued to grow the lead and quickly arrived on their 65-29 victory.

“Good team win,” commented Hulsing. “I was very pleased with our defensive rotations tonight, we did a good job of seeing ball and girl and dropping to the level.”

The L-S offensive stats were topped by Fisk with 17 points, including six free throws. Senior Jataya Meyer put up 11 points and Loftus had 10. Other scorers for the Hawks included Russell (7), Van Dyke (5), Vos (4), Cunningham (4), sophomore Kaleah Ehresman (3), and freshmen Caitlin Alberts and Korinne Jansen (2).

Hulsing was pleased with the offensive execution. “Our offense was pretty sharp when we snapped the ball, which let us attack the rim. I thought we ran the floor well and made the extra pass for an easy basket.”

Leading rebounders were Vos with ten, Fisk with seven, and Russell, Van Dyke, and Cunningham all with six.

The Hawks were aggressive with 17 steals, and dominated the boards, outrebounding the War-riors, 55-26.

They took advantage of HLV’s 25 fouls, successfully completing 23-of-39 free throws.

The girls will host Collins-Maxwell on Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. If the Hawks win, they will face the winner of Colo-Nesco and Baxter at Colo on Friday, Feb. 16.