LYONS, Kan. - There's a new lucky number in Hoisington. The Lady Cardinals entered last Friday's game against Larned with just four wins on the season. Hoisington sank eight threes in a runaway win against the Indians, then repeated the feat in Tuesday's regular-season finale. The Lady Cardinals shot their way to a 57-43 win.
"I like us shooting the three," said Hoisington coach Mandy Mason. "Obviously there are some nights the ball doesn't go in the hole. Right now, all of a sudden things are clicking and we're starting to hit some shots. Hopefully that will carry over into substate."
With a pair of six footers inside, Lyons was an obvious favorite if the ball stayed inside. Senior Kristina Head did her part early on with eight points and three rebounds in the first quarter. As a result, Lyons led 10-9 after one quarter.
"That was our game plan to stop her," Mason said. "She had 25 against us last year and we just could not control her. I know she had quite a few from the free throw line. Our came plan was to pinch her. Honestly, I don't think we executed our game plan very well. We still let her roam too much and we were a lot out of position at times, but overall I was pleased with how we played defensively."
Hoisington's shots began to fall in the second quarter. Junior Suzanna Schneider knocked down back-to-back treys midway through the frame to give the Lady Cards a 20-16 lead. Head answered on the other end with a putback and foul to get the deficit to one. Hoisington junior Keeley Wolf swished her second 3-pointer of the quarter to push the gap back to three. Lyons answered with a long two from sophomore Kayleigh Arriola, and a transition buzzer beater from freshman Yamyle Ramirez gave the Lady Lions a 24-23 lead at the break.
Hoisington freshman Addy Mason and Lyons senior Daci Stover traded a pair of threes apiece midway through the third quarter but the Lady Cardinals also picked up another trey from Wolf and inside baskets from Samantha Colson and Kelsi Dalton. Hoisington pulled ahead 42-33 with a quarter to play.
"They're so big we couldn't get the ball inside," Coach Mason said. "They just took up a lot of space. They're long and lanky, and obviously they out-sized us. I told the kids if we could get a few shots to fall from the outside things would open up on the inside. Some of our kids did a great job on the boards. Sam Colson was all over the place on the boards and got some putbacks."
Wolf hit another 3-pointer in the fourth quarter on her way to a team-high 18 points. In the bonus for most of the fourth quarter, and the double bonus for the final 3:09, Hoisington made 10 of its 12 free throws in the final eight minutes. The result was a double-digit lead for most of the fourth.
Head led all players with 21 points and eight rebounds for Lyons. Stover finished with eight points. Wolf paced Hoisington with 18 points, followed by Colson with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Dalton with 11 points. Schneider and Mason each scored six points.