Hinton girls pick up road win over Kingsley-Pierson

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hinton’s Bailey Boeve puts up a shot in the middle of four K-P defenders. Boeve had 21 points to lead all scorers in Monday’s win over the Panthers.

KINGSLEY — Using height to their advantage, the Hinton girls basketball team came away with a 46-37 win over Kingsley-Pierson in a non-conference game on Monday.

The 6-foot Bailey Boeve and 5-foot-11 Ashlyn Kovarna led the Blackhawks in scoring in the game against a Kingsley-Pierson team which listed their tallest player at 5-foot-9.

“The rebounds, we definitely dominated the rebounds. Unofficially we had it 48-23,” Hinton Head Coach Matt Leary said. “Definitely limited their second chance points. That’s a good recipe for success. Bailey and Kovarna did a tremendous job on both ends of rebounding. A couple times when we needed a big bucket, they’d come up with an offensive rebound and putback at a crucial time.”

The Blackhawks got the ball underneath the basket early and often. Of the team’s 11 points in the first quarter, nine came from Boeve playing close to the basket. The other two points came on free throws. Boeve finished the game with 21 points.

Kovarna didn’t get her first field goal until the second half, but put in three free throws in the first half and scored four baskets after halftime to finish as the team’s other double digit scorer with 11 points.

Kingsley-Pierson Head Coach Nicole Goodwin said her team did as best as they could in defending the paint, but rebounding and second chance opportunities for Hinton ended up being a difference maker.

“We lack in size this year, but we do not lack in heart and you could see that on the floor tonight,” Goodwin said.

Hinton jumped out to a 22-10 lead on a 3-pointer from Natalee Junck, but the Blackhawks struggled to pull away as Sydney Doeschot helped the Panthers pull back into the game. Doeschot was held scoreless through the first eight minutes while Makenna Bowman scored all six of the team’s points in the first quarter, the bulk of her eight total points in the game.

Doeschot scored nine straight points for the team which was part of her team-leading 15 in the game.

“They were in their press and we were trying to break their press and they were doing some trapping and trying to find the open person, she just wasn’t the open person. She didn’t force anything, she just took what she could,” Goodwin said of Doeschot in the first quarter. “Then we started attacking that a little bit more and it opened some things up and she could get some finishes to the hole.”

Leary said his team had to play more man-to-man defense than they had all year against the Panthers.

“In our 10 games so far this season, we haven’t played that much man in one game. It came up big for us tonight,” Leary said. “We knew they were definitely guard oriented especially with Sydney Doeschot who can get to the paint and shoot and then Bowman and Schroeder, two other capable guards. The game was definitely won on the defensive end.”

A 3-pointer from Avery Schroeder and free throws from Allison Reinking, who finished with five and two points respectively, followed Doeschot’s string of nine straight points and pulled the Panthers to a 24-20 score. Doeschot added another basket right before the end of the half as Hinton’s lead dwindled to three by the intermission.

Hinton’s lead swelled back up to nine by the end of the third quarter, but once again the Panthers clawed their way back into the game. A breakaway layup for Bowman and back-to-back buckets for Schroeder and Doeschot began the fourth quarter for the Panthers as they held Hinton scoreless for the first four minutes of the frame and pulled to within one possession. Still, it wasn’t quite enough as the Panthers added just two more points in the final four minutes of the game.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Kingsley-Pierson’s Makenna Bowman completes the layup as Hinton’s Ashlyn Reintzel tries to catch up to the Panther player. It was one of the few fast-break opportunities in the game as Bowman finished with eight points in the loss.

“I was so very proud of their defensive effort. They did a great job of keeping with it,” Goodwin said. “They did a good job of breaking Hinton’s press, putting them into man-to-man. We took wonderful shots. Our feet were set, they were in the flow of our offense, we just couldn’t get anything to fall tonight. You’re going to have nights where your offense just is not working and you could see it tonight. Make a couple there down the stretch, it’d be the turnaround of the game, but we had to do a little fouling and that’s what happened. That’s the outcome, but I’m so proud of them for their effort, especially defensively. Then I just need them to believe in themselves a little bit more offensively and good things will happen.”

The Panthers ended with a 25 percent success rate from the field while making just 1-of-18 from 3-point range in the loss.

Leary said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort as the Blackhawks held their opponent to a season low in scoring.

“I think they were averaging over 55 per game so to hold them to 37 was a good goal accomplished for us,” Leary said.

Hinton improved to 7-2 with the win. Kingsley-Pierson fell to 8-4 with the loss.

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