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Blackhawks dominate the floor at home

Monday, December 3, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Hinton's Tori Clausen puts up a block against Akron-Westfield's Dana Hedlund in Hinton's Friday win.
HINTON -- The Hinton girls basketball team leapt out to a strong lead against Akron-Westfield Friday and didn't look back.

The Blackhawks (2-1) swept their non-conference matchup with the Westerners 61-17.

"I like the way we played. We were really unselfish with the ball," Hinton coach Joel Small said. "We were shooting the ball really well on the outside and that kind of opened up the inside game."

The Blackhawks shot 46 percent from the field and went 38 percent from beyond the arc.

By the end of the first quarter, Hinton had put 20 up on the board but they held A-W to only one point.

In the second quarter, the Westerners scored eight points, but the Blackhawks widened the lead with 18 of their own.

"We were playing pretty good defense, but they had some shots that just weren't going in either," Small said. "Our defense was outstanding -- just an overall sound defensive performance."

In the third quarter, Hinton held the Blackhawks to three points while they scored 15.

"It was a tough game," A-W coach Kent Johnson said. "Hinton was really aggressive, especially with the press. They're quick and they really get the ball down the court."

The Westerners struggled with getting the ball to fall where they wanted it to Friday, Johnson said.

They shot about 18 percent from the field but went 35 percent from the free throw line.

Johnson said the A-W girls played the game to the end, scoring five points to Hinton's eight in the final quarter.

Hinton's Alex Yoerger, a junior, led the night with 21 points, including going 4-of-7 from the three-point line.

"She just stepped out and had a nice game for us," Small said.

Senior Sadie Shuck added 10 points for the Blackhawks.

For Hinton, everyone on the roster saw playing time and everybody made it into the scorebook.

Junior Shaeler Lund made five rebounds for the Blackhawks and sophomore Abby cook made three steals.

For A-W, Jordan Hansen, Sarah Schroeder and Kayla Tindall led the team with four points each.

Junior Dana Hedlund brought down five rebounds.

Small said, for Hinton, Friday was a good bounce back for the girls coming off a tough loss to Spirit Lake earlier last week.

"I thought they rebounded well on our home floor," the coach said. "I think they were anxious to get back in their and play again after that."

Hinton will next host Spalding Catholic on Tuesday and A-W matches up with Gehlen in Le Mars.

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