MARCUS -- The Blackhawks continue to run on all cylinders and collected their 14th win of the season over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Friday, 72-24.
"We played well and shot the ball well," Hinton coach Joel Small said. "We played pretty good defense for three quarters. We competed hard."
The Blackhawks took care of business early in the game and jumped to an 18 point lead in the first quarter, 27-9.
Hinton continued to dominate on both ends of the floor and took a decisive 45-19 lead into halftime.
The second half offered more of the same and coach Small's team piled on points to their already decisive lead.
Outscoring MMC 18-5 in the third period, the Blackhawks were up 63-24 going into the final eight minutes.
Things slowed down in the fourth stanza and Hinton added another nine points to its lead while holding MMC scoreless, resulting in the final score.
Coach Small's team had three girls in double figures, all of them juniors. Alex Yoerger had 18, Lauren Hedlund racked up 16 and Shaeler Lund contributed 15. Senior Sadie Shuck had nine points.
Lund led her team defensively with 12 rebounds, followed by Hedlund with 11 boards and six steals. Shuck had four blocks.
"I'm pretty pleased with the effort that we gave. A lot of girls contributed," Small said.
The Blackhawks (14-1) will host Sioux City Bishop Heelan in a highly anticipated matchup on Tuesday.
"We've had some good games (with Heelan) in the past," Small said. "They got us the last couple of years. The teams go at each other pretty hard. We're going to work as hard as we can and play as hard as we can to defend our home court."
After playing Heelan, Hinton will travel to Hawarden to face West Sioux on Friday.
Small believes that both games will be very different from the recent matches the Blackhawks have had.
"It's going to be tight in the fourth quarter instead of being up 35 points," he said. "Shots are going to be a little bit harder to take, defense is going to be all the more important. It's going to be a challenge. We want our girls to be able to compete for four quarters and hopefully that will put us in a position to win."