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Woodbury Central deals Hinton 60-49 loss

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hinton's Melissa Turman is knocked to the floor during Tuesday night's loss to Woodbury Central.
(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron)
Brittany Alfredson scored a game-high 20 points to lead Woodbury Central over Hinton 60-49 Tuesday in non-conference girls basketball action at Hinton.

The Wildcats had a total of three players in double figures and took advantage of a 37-28 rebounding advantage to pull away from the Blackhawks after trailing early.

"We don't every play well when we get out-rebounded," said Hinton Coach Joel Small. "That has happened to us twice this year and they've both been pretty ugly games."

Of Woodbury Central's 37 rebounds, 16 were on the offensive glass.

"That hurts. We can't give up second-chance points. They turned into either makes or trips to the free-throw line for Woodbury Central," said Small.

Woodbury Central made 19 trips to the free-throw line in all and connected on 12, compared to just 2 of 4 shooting for Hinton as the Wildcats were whistled for only seven fouls all night.

Despite the decided advantage on the boards and the foul line, Hinton still had its chances down the stretch, but could not reign in Alfredson.

Hinton led 12-8 after the first quarter, but fell behind 30-23 at the half. Alfredson scored 14 of her game-high 20 in the first half to help Woodbury Central open the lead.

"The girl we were trying to stop - we didn't get it done. She's a good player and we didn't keep track of her very well," said Small. "We needed to do a better job of team defense on her."

The Blackhawks closed the gap at the start of the third with an 8-2 run to trail just 32-31, but the Wildcats responded with a 12-4 run of their own to finish the frame and lead 44-35 heading into the fourth. Hinton again made a push and closed to within 46-41 with five and a half minutes to play, but one minute later the lead was back to 10.

"We had a slow second quarter and then the fourth quarter kind of got us," said Small. "We put pressure on them a little bit and made some fouls. It was just a struggle tonight.

"We were stagnant offensively and we didn't move after the shot went up to get rebounds. We did a better job in the second half of taking care of the basketball, but we faltered in the last four minutes."

Mackenzie Small led Hinton in the loss with 10 points and four rebounds, while Tami Baldwin added nine points and three assists. Steph Dittmer had seven rebounds and four steals, Jana Sitzmann five rebounds, Britni Freed four and Melissa Turman a team-high six steals.

The loss was a disappointing encore to Hinton's 39-37 win in War Eagle Conference play at Sergeant Bluff-Luton Friday. The Blackhawks trailed for much of the night, but a Turman three-pointer with less than a minute to play knotted the score at 37-37 and Dittmer knocked down a pair of free throws late to seal the win.

Dittmer finished with 10 points, while Freed had the big night for Hinton with 11 points, 12 boards and seven steals.

Hinton is now 6-3 overall and 2-0 in WEC play heading into its December finale at Gehlen Catholic Friday.

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