"It was a fun tournament," said the Hinton Coach, whose Blackhawks took home the trophy from the Hy-Vee Holiday Tournament with wins over East High and Rock Valley.
"All four teams were very good," said the coach. "It was kind of a tough way to start the year."
The Blackhawks led at every quarter against the Sioux City team and was only behind at the first quarter of the championship game against Rock Valley.
Hinton got off to a nice start with an 8-0 lead over East after the first two minutes and held a lead throughout the game with quarter scores of 20-9; 32-18; 47-31 and 59-39.
The coach credited the balance which has helped the Blackhawks reach success over the last few years as well as in the weekend tournament in Le Mars.
"People were coming off the bench and contributing in lots of ways, not only scoring, but rebounding," the coach said.
Hinton made 23 of 50 field goals from the two-point line and was one of five from the three-point line.
East made only a third of their two-point field goal attempts, 10 of 30 and made 3 of a possible seven three-pointers.
Both teams brought in 10 free throws. Hinton had a possible 17 and East a possible 14.
The Blackhawks outrebounded the Raiders 36-21 and limited turnovers to 13, compared to 17 for East.
Junior Jessica Vander Kooi led in scoring for the Blackhawks with 13; closely followed by Molly Turman with 11; Nichal Gray and Brooke Bollmeyer with nine and Ashley Bramstedt, with eight.
East's top scorers were Ashley Cleveland and Kristi Benson, with eight each.
Vander Kooi also led her teammates with 15 rebounds. Randi Stusse added six, Turman and Bramstedt each had four.
Turman was also the assist leader with three to her credit. Bramstedt, Bollmeyer and Jill Lacey each assisted twice.
Turman, Bollmeyer and Vander Kooi all blocked a shot.
Vander Kooi and Turman led in steals with three each.
In the championship round, the Blackhawks defeated the Rock Valley Rockets, 53-42, in a steady game, again relying on offense and defense balance.
The Rockets were up 13-12 at the end of the first quarter; but the Blackhawks were leading 22-20 at the half; and 38-29 at the three-quarter mark.
The Hinton coach said the Rockets were a very good team with four starters back from their Class 2A championship team last year.
"We knew they were a very explosive team, very capable of going on big runs," said the coach.
With that in mind, the team concentrated on defense and being willing to help each other.
"They only had one rebound. We're very proud of that," he said. "People who came off the bench, made big contributions."
Hinton was 18 for 36 from the two-point filed goal line and two for eight from the three-point line. They made 11 of 17 free throws.
Rock Valley was 14 of 24 for 2-pointers and three of 13 for 3-pointers. They made five of eight free throws.
Hinton outrebounded the Sioux County team, 28 to 14; and had fewer turnovers, 15 to the Rockets' 20.
Vander Kooi again led her teammates in scoring, sinking 18 points. Bollmeyer scored 13 and Turman, nine.
Rock Valley's Deb Remmerde was game high scorer with 23. Erica Schlotfeldt helped the Rockets with 13 points.
Gray grabbed nine rebounds; Turman, six. Turman made four assists. Bramstedt and Lacey had three assists and Vander Kooi, two.
Stusse made four steals with three each going to Bollmeyer and Vander Kooi.
Next game for the Blackhawks is Westwood at Sloan Tuesday. Westwood beat Hinton in the regional finals last year, 37-33.
"We're hoping to come out and keep our intensity and focus that we had against Rock Valley," said Hinton's coach. "Not only in this game but throughout the season."