No. 4 Hinton beats Lawton-Bronson in regional semifinal

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hinton’s Bailey Boeve goes up for an attack against Lawton-Bronson on Monday. Boeve led the Blackhawks with 14 kills, five solo blocks and five ace serves.

HINTON — Class 2A No. 4 ranked Hinton picked up a win in three sets over Lawton-Bronson in their Region 2 semifinal contest on Monday.

Hinton opened the match with five of the first six points. Avery Burgad got a kill to start the match. Bailey Boeve scored two kills and had a block while an ace serve from Gabbie Friessen made it 5-1.

The team’s early lead would not stick around long. The Eagles worked back to a tie at 9-9 and pulled in front 17-15. Lawton-Bronson was able to use several net violations by the Blackhawks for their points during that stretch. Hinton co-head coach Robin Mohr said it was uncharacteristic for the team to have so many touches of the net.

“It’s something we don’t usually do,” Mohr said. “Quite a few in the first set. A couple times we brought our hands up into the net as we were going up and got a little close. We’ve got to push over and come back. We’ll get it adjusted.”

Hinton used kills from Carly Hicklin and Burgad to tie the score at 17-17. The Blackhawks closed the set on a 7-2 run to win the frame 25-20. Boeve finished off the frame with one of her team-leading 14 kills. She gave credit to her teammates for helping her be successful.

“My teammates of course help my success, pass, set, everything,” Boeve said. “Just having confidence and positive energy, it just all helps to be successful.”

In the second set, the score was tied at 10-10 before Hinton closed the frame by outscoring their opponent 15-6. Back-to-back ace serves from Aubree Lake, part of her three in the match, forced a timeout at 14-10. Lawton-Bronson took their second timeout trailing 18-12 after a kill from Boeve.

The Blackhawks nearly finished off the set without letting the Eagles score again. They scored a series of six straight points which included two ace serves from Friessen to get to 24-12. Boeve was a little eager to finish off the set and her follow-through on a powerful attack on an overpass ended up hitting the net which gave the point to the Eagles. Lawton-Bronson scored three more after that before Boeve did get the final kill of the frame for a 25-16 win.

Hinton got a kill from Natalee Junck on an overpass from the Eagles to force a timeout with the score 8-3 in the third. The Blackhawks didn’t led their opponent come back in this frame, maintaining a comfortable lead throughout.

The Eagles took their second timeout trailing 17-11 and the Blackhawks came out of the huddle with a 6-0 run. The run included four ace serves for Boeve as she finished with five for the match.

“As I got going, I kind of got into a rhythm which makes it easier,” Boeve said of her serving success. “We knew that if we kept firing at them, it would get them off balance.”

Hinton clinched the match by a 25-12 score as Burgad knocked down the final kill, the conclusion of a night which saw the junior collect nine kills in 10 attempts.

“Avery Burgad had a good night hitting for us,” Mohr said. “Her percentage was pretty high with a lot of kills. She had a real good night, stepped up in the middle, and we knew that was one of their weaknesses in their rotation and she did a great job.”

Hinton setter Ashlyn Kovarna finished with 31 assists. She added four blocks at the net, three kills and an ace serve as all six servers for the team finished with at least one ace on a night where the team finished with 13.

Lawton-Bronson finishes the season with a record of 18-16.

Hinton will take a 25-2 record into Wednesday’s regional final at Cherokee.

The Blackhawks will face Ridge View (30-7) in the regional final. Mohr said the Raptors are an athletic team.

“They’re going to bring good passing, they’re a smart team,” Mohr said. “We’ll watch them a little bit, know what they’re going to bring and we’ll attack them. We’re not going to back down.”

Boeve said the team is looking forward to the match in the hopes of reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2013.

“We’ve got to come into this last game with a lot energy,” Boeve said. “It would mean a lot for all the girls. We’re all just really set into getting this win on Wednesday.”

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