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Hinton shuts down Falcon rally

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Hinton's Sadie Shuck keeps the ball out of the reach of her West Sioux defender in the Blackhawks' win over the Falcons at Hinton Tuesday.
HINTON -- The West Sioux girls gave Hinton a fourth-quarter scare, but the Blackhawks stalled their efforts and took a 58-47 conference win Tuesday.

"We got out to a pretty good start shooting-wise, then we relaxed a little bit and let them come back on us," Hinton girls coach Joel Small said. "They did most of their damage in the fourth quarter."

The Hinton girls (9-1) came out strong, leading 22-8 going into the second quarter.

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Hinton's Alex Yoerger drives past the Falcon defense to get a look at the Basket in Tuesday's matchup with West Sioux at Hinton.
They stretched their lead to 18 points at halftime, with the score 36-18 in the Blackhawks' favor.

"We shot the ball really well in the first half," Small said.

Hinton maintained a 16 point lead coming out of the third quarter, with the Blackhawks ahead 48-32.

Then the Falcons surged, hitting three treys to close in on Hinton.

"They started making some shots on us, and we had a hard time with turnovers," Small said. "They made a run at us, cut it down to four points at the four minute mark."

That was the closest the Falcons got. They couldn't find the basket for the rest of the game.

"The girls responded with good defense and made some baskets, and that's what it takes to win a basketball game," Small said.

The Blackhawks went on a 7-0 run to wrap up their victory.

"They're a good team. They're well coached and play hard," Small said. "They've got a good post player inside -- Jade Lynn Vlotho -- she had 21 points. She was very consistent."

Vlotho had 11 points in the first half against Hinton and 10 in the second half.

"We knew we kind of had to kind of control her a bit and at times we did a pretty good job, but she's pretty physical inside, and she out-physicalled us a little bit," Small said.

Hinton junior Alex Yoerger led the Blackhawks with 18 points -- 12 of them in the first half.

"She was kind of the spark to get us out to that good start," Small said.

Senior Sadie Shuck had 11 points with seven of those coming from foul shots.

Junior Lauren Hedlund scored 11 more points for Hinton and recorded her fourth double-double for the year with 10 rebounds.

"When she didn't score offensively, she helped us out with boards," Small said.

Sophomore Abby Cook had five steals and three assists for Hinton.

"Coming off the bench she did a nice job," Small said.

Hinton's win puts them at 6-0 in the War Eagle Conference heading into a road matchup with Unity Christian Friday.

"That should be a good game," Small said.

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