HOISINGTON, Kan. With just four wins on the season entering Friday's penultimate game of the regular season against Larned, the Hoisington girls have been on the wrong side of the score board plenty of time this season. This time the Lady Cardinals swished eight threes, working their way to a running-clock fourth in a 48-15 win.
Larned did control things in the first few minutes thanks to a pair of offensive boards from senior Lynzi Myrick, who could not capitalize on four attempts at the free throw line. Instead, Hoisington junior Samantha Colson put her side on the board first with a free throw, then junior Isabelle Gonzalez added a floater four minutes in for a 3-0 lead.
Hoisington finished the night 8 for 14 from behind the arc, and junior Keeley Wolf got that party started with back-to-back treys to close out the first quarter. The Lady Cardinals led 11-2 after one.
The Lady Cardinals continued to pull away in the second quarter. Gonzalez found Colson under the basket for an easy two. Larned hung around at 13-7 with a basket and foul from Julie Tapia and a trey from Myrick, but Hoisington picked up a corner three from freshman Addy Mason, and junior Jaci Guthrie added a triple late in the half.
“With the team we have this year, we like to shoot the three,” said Lady Cardinal coach Mandy Mason. “We have kids who can shoot it. We’re still working on doing it more consistently, on a night-to-night basis. We have some good shooters on our team, and we have some kids who have put the extra time in. If they’re open, I want them to shoot the basketball.”
Senior Kelsi Dalton scored a pair of baskets early in the third quarter, and Mason added another three. Another triple from Guthrie gave Hoisington a 36-9 advantage in the final minute of the third. Larned made just one field goal in the frame - a jumper from senior Kendra Grandy with 32 ticks left.
That set up the running clock opportunity early in the fourth. Suzanna Schneider swished a trey, then Wolf also scored from the outside for her final points of the night. That basket set the clock in motion for good at 44-13 with 5:45 to play.
“The running clock was amazing, especially on Senior Night,” said Wolf. “I’m glad we could do that for our two seniors and manager. It was just amazing getting a win for their last home game.”
Wolf and Dalton each scored 10 points for Hoisington. Wolf made three of her five shots from the outside, and Dalton grabbed six rebounds. Mason made her first three shots of the night, including a pair of threes, to finish with eight points, and Guthrie scored six points for the Lady Cardinals. Grandy paced Larned with six points.
At 5-14 with a game to go, Hoisington will likely open the Class 3A playoffs at Beloit or Norton. Still winless on the season, Larned is headed for a playoff meeting at Haven or Halstead.