Lady Hawks use big second half to overcome dismal first half performance
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
The Night Hawk girls basketball team accomplished what doesn’t occur very often, boys or girls, as they defeated the Trinity Titans 49-46. It was a tale of two halves as Trinity seemed to have the game in hand in the first half. They were controlling the boards and the Night Hawks were having a problem putting the ball in the hoop. The first half ended with the Titans up 23-14. A fan next to me told me that he didn’t think the deficit was that bad considering how the Night Hawks were playing.
He was right, the second half was a different story as the Night Hawks came out with a full court press and forced seven turnovers and outscored the Titans 19-10 in the third quarter. The hometown fans were enjoying it as the gym was rocking on each basket the Night Hawks made and on each turnover they caused. The fourth quarter was back and forth until Molly Holt stepped to the line and calmly sank two free throws to put the Night Hawks on top by two with 41 seconds left. After a steal by Abbie Kludt she was immediately fouled and preceded to sink one of two free throws to put the Night Hawks on top by three with 26 seconds left. As time was winding down and the Titans were looking to tie the score Brianna Robinson stole the ball. She was sent to the charity stripe with seven seconds left and although she missed both shots it did not leave enough time for the Titans to get off a good last second shot.
Even though Trinity came into the game with a 3-9 record, they always have a respectful team year after year. The Titans were led by senior Lauren Stafford with 17 and Sami Daniel added 11. Holt led the Night Hawks with 14 and I had Alyssa Andress with 13 and Kludt with 12. I thought sophomore Brianna Sanford did a good job for the Night Hawks coming off the bench and helping out in the rebound department.
Trinity did win the junior varsity game by a count of 49-33. Turnovers were costly for the Night Hawks in this game.