SPIRIT LAKE -- A flat second quarter soured Hinton's matchup with Spirit Lake Tuesday, and the girls lost 59-45.
"It was a pretty good game all except for one quarter," Hinton head coach Joel Small said. "It was a terrible second quarter."
The Blackhawks kept it close in the first quarter of the non-conference matchup, within one point of the Indians, 13-12.
"We got off to a good start, then they outscored us 17-6 in the second quarter," Small said. "We had a lot of looks at shots; we just couldn't get them to fall. We didn't take care of the ball very well that quarter."
To add to Hinton's second-quarter woes, their lead scorer for the night, junior Lauren Hedlund, got into foul trouble early on, Small said.
"She sat much of that quarter, and that didn't help us any," he said.
The Indians pulled ahead with a 30-18 lead going into the half.
The Blackhawks shortened Spirit Lake's lead to seven at one point in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run early.
Hinton went nearly point-for-point with Spirit Lake that quarter 17-14, but the Indians still had a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 44-31.
Spirit Lake outscored the Blackhawks by one in the final quarter, too, going 15-14.
"They were a good team. Their guards handled our pressure really well," Small said.
Spirit Lake's K.J. Veldman led scoring with 27 for the night, including three treys. Emma Dau added 11 points.
Small said the Hinton team was aiming to keep Veldman under 20, but she got her teammates involved and pushed past the Blackhawks' pressure.
Hinton junior Lauren Hedlund scored 11 for the Blackhawks and junior Shaeler Lund added another 10.
Lund had eight rebounds and Hedlund pulled down six.
Seniors Breana Bollmeyer and Sadie Shuck contributed four assists for the evening.
Hinton turned over the ball 21 times, an improvement from the first game's 30, Small said.
Missed shots from the charity stripe hurt the Blackhawks. They went 13-for-29 on free throws.
"In close games, those are going to cost you," Small said.
Hinton (1-1) next faces Akron-Westfield (0-2) at home Friday.