Hoisington girls back in Keady Classic finals
LARNED, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - From 2006 to 2009 the Hoisington girls reigned supreme at the Keady Basketball Classic in Larned. The Lady Cardinals, however, have only won the tournament twice in the last 11 years with the last crown coming five years ago. After two convincing wins, including Thursday’s 59-31 semifinal against Bucklin, Hoisington is ready to begin a new streak.
“This tournament has been pretty challenging for us the last several years,” said Lady Cardinal coach Mandy Mason. “We saw Bucklin was on our side of the bracket and they beat us last year easily. (Red Ace senior Catherine Bowman) is a great player and we were a little nervous about the game.
“It’s exciting and I’m proud of our kids for their effort and fighting to get to the championship game. That’s always a goal for us.”
Bowman and all other scorers on the floor were muted after one quarter reached its conclusion with an 8-8 draw.
Hoisington made its move in the second. Senior Jaci Guthrie scored just 36 seconds in, then her putback 80 seconds later gave the Cards a 12-8 lead. The score was just 14-10 when sophomore Addy Mason swished a 3-pointer with 2:45 to play in the half. Senior Keeley Wolf added five-straight points, and junior Macy Hanzlick took a steal and got her shot to fall just before the halftime horn for a 28-13 lead.
“We do want to play fast,” said Coach Mason. “We love the depth on our team. We have some athletes who can get out and run and they don’t get tired. If they do get tired, we have plenty of people on the bench who can come in and give us good minutes.”
That paced carried over into the third quarter as Guthrie and Samantha Colson picked up transition baskets for Hoisington. Bowman connected on a pair of threes and scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the frame, but the Lady Cardinals got the final say Hanzlick found Guthrie for a late trey and 43-25 lead heading into the fourth.
“Our focus tonight was to know where (Bowman) was at all times,” Mason said. “I thought in the first half we did a good job of following her and containing her. In the second half she hit some shots. We were in position to guard but we just didn’t guard. We were content to be an arm’s length away.”
Several times Hoisington pulled within one basket of a running clock. The Lady Cardinals only led by as many as 28 points but still advance to Saturday’s championship game with ease.
Bowman grabbed eight boards to go with her 16 points. Sophomore Halie Feikert added eight points and five rebounds for the Red Aces.
Hanzlick, a transfer from Wilson this year, was huge for Hoisington with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Wolf also scored 14 points, Guthrie finished with nine points, and Isabelle Gonzalez scored seven points.
No. 2 Spearville (2A) defeated host Larned 62-22 in the other semifinal match. Kinsley was sidelined due to quarantine and the Lady Indians had advanced on a bye. The Lady Lancers will be looking for a third-straight Keady title on Saturday.
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