HINTON -- The Falcons had it tied up at halftime, but the Blackhawks got fired up to finish with a 15-point lead, winning their conference matchup with West Sioux Tuesday.
Hinton (6-3) started out with a slight edge over West Sioux, going into the second quarter with a four point lead. The score was 17-13, Hinton.
The Falcons gave the Blackhawks a reason to be nervous in the second period, closing the gap to tie it up at 25-25 at halftime.
West Sioux couldn't keep up the pace, with Hinton building a seven-point edge in the third quarter. The Blackhawks scored 18 points to West Sioux's 11 to make it 43-36 going into the final stanza.
"West Sioux's got some scrappy players, and they were pretty scrappy early on," Hinton boys coach David May said. "I think we wore them down a little with our pressure, and I think they got into some foul trouble for some of their players, too."
Hinton kept at it, stretching their lead with a big 27-point fourth quarter. The Falcons only scored nine more points before the final buzzer.
Senior Jason Vander Kooi helped fuel the Blackhawks win with a 22-point night.
Sophomore Logan Jurgensmeier was also in double digits for Hinton with 13 points.
"We play 11-12 guys, so there are a lot of different people contributing, May said.
For West Sioux, senior Braedon Petersen led with 15 points for the Falcons.
West Sioux's record drops to 2-8 and 0-6 in the War Eagle Conference.
Hinton's win improves the Blackhawks' conference record to 5-1.
The Blackhawks next play Sioux City West Thursday at Hinton before traveling to Orange City for a matchup with conference rival Unity Christian.
"Both should be pretty good opponents for us," May said.