Akron-Westfield girls take down Trinity

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

AKRON — Makenzie Hughes kept her streak of double-figure scoring games alive Friday night during a 52-42 War Eagle Conference girls basketball victory over Trinity Christian.

Hughes has scored 10 or more points in all 12 games for Coach Kent Johnson’s Westerners. The 5-foot-9 sophomore guard has been particularly effective in her last five games, averaging 19 points following a 20-point effort. Hughes has had three games of 20 or more points in that five-game stretch, all resulting in victory for Akron-Westfield (4-8, 3-3 WEC).

She has made 13 3-point field goals in that span, including three against Trinity. The Westerners, who led from start to finish, made five of their game-high seven 3-point baskets in the first half.

Allie Swoyer and Alyssa Nemesio each made one trey in the game’s opening minute, but Johnson’s squad was silent offensively in the first quarter until Swoyer’s three in the closing seconds that gave the hostesses a 9-4 lead.

Hughes made two treys in the second quarter as the Westerners outscored the Tigers 19-14. Trinity was setting up for a possible last shot before halftime, but turned it over. Hughes’ three beat the buzzer and her team had a 28-18 lead.

“That was nothing but net,” said Johnson. “That’s what you like to see. I’ll take 19 points anytime in a quarter. We had steals. We went to the line and were 5-of-6. We got a couple of threes from Makenzie. Things were clicking that second quarter.”

Anna Postma scored 14 points for a Trinity Christian club which at one time pulled within five points in the fourth quarter. Eventually, the Westerners regrouped and topped 50 points for the third time in the last four games.

“We still had 18 turnovers,” said Johnson. “I told the girls we have to score more than 15 points in a quarter. There have been games this season where we’ve scored in the high 20’s and 30’s, but you can’t win a game doing that. We have different goals in a game like so many points and so many rebounds. If we do those, we at least give ourselves a chance to win.”

Swoyer made three 3-pointers in a 12-point effort for the Westerners. Hughes also supplied six rebounds and three assists while Addison Naslund had five rebounds and four steals. Nemesio threw three assists for Akron-Westfield.

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