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Hugoton girls beat Sterling underneath to win Sterling Invitational

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 10:12 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A big challenge for Hugoton in the Sterling Invitational Girls Championship game; taking on not only the home team but the top seed in the Sterling Black Bears. After a slow start, the Eagles were able to capitalize on their dominance in the paint and get the 21-point win.

Hugoton senior Molly McClure said, “Starting the game, obviously we didn’t get off to the best start. But we kept our heads up, we had some girls step up and get some points for us.”

Hugoton head coach Emmanuel Adigun said, “They trust each other, they’ve been there before. A year ago, we struggled with those situations and it was hard for us to rebound.”

”They work really hard. We knew going in that they were going to be a tough team, they play completely different teams than we see. We knew it was going to be a battle and we were ready for it,” said Hugoton senior McKenna Hamlin.

“We played them last year and they returned a lot of the same players so we kind of knew what they liked and we were able to watch some of their games earlier this week,” said McClure. “Our transition defense needed to be good and watch them for those transition points.”

“I thought that we came in with great balance, great experience and we just overcame some adversity and we found ways in each game,” said Adigun.

Hugoton is now 9-0 and has handed Sterling its first loss of the season—breaking an 11-game win streak.

Sophomore Gianna Vos led the Eagles with 28 points, she accounted for all but one of Hugoton’s five three-point shots. Following her up was Mikyn Hamlin with 16 points, a game high 11 rebounds and three steals.

Sadie Beagley led Sterling with 16 points, Bennie Horsch was the only other Black Bear to reach double digit scoring. The team only hit 30% from the field 36% from the line. While Hugoton made 63% of its free throws and 48% from the field.

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