HURON — The Huron Tigers took a 66-30 fall to the third top seeded Harrisburg Tigers, as the Class “AA” girls’ basketball game was dominated on Saturday night.
“Harrisburg are a very good, complete basketball team,” said Wade Stobbs, girls’ Tiger Coach. “I would say them and Stevens are two of the top teams in the state right now.”
Harrisburg, now improved to 6-1 on the season, built an early lead in the first quarter with three pointers from six-foot sophomore Aby Phipps and Kiki Berndt, who were the top players for the team at 12 points each.
Huron’s top player and Burger Plus Outstanding Player, Havyn Heinz landed in double figures at 12 points, as she answered to Harrisburg with a field goal and a free throw. Harrisburg continued to pile on the points before the end of the first quarter, with an Autumn Steffen three-point shot at 35 seconds on the clock, followed by a three pointer from Berndt with six seconds left in the period.
Heinz came back for Huron with a three-point shot in the beginning of the second quarter, followed by free throws at 5:30 on the clock from a Sydney Halling foul. Gracie Schoenfelder took Huron up to 13 points with a field goal, but Berndt came back with another three pointer at 1:20 left in the first half.
“We have to find ways to get into our offense and move a little bit,” said Stobbs. “Havyn works her tail off; we need to keep finding ways to get her the ball.”
Phipps had a foul call in the last 30 seconds of the second quarter, which gave Heinz the chance to bring Huron up in points with free throws, but the buzzer rang before the ball made the basket.
Harrisburg went into half time with a 24 point lead at a score of 37-13.
Reagan Rozell caught fire early in the third period for the Huron Tigers, with back-to-back three pointers, after a Schoenfelder two pointer, which bumped Huron up to 21 points.
The score was 21-44 with 4:37 to go in the third period, before Sadie Roth, Steffen and Phipps all made the bucket one after the other, but a Sydney Altenburg foul gave Huron’s Jayda Shillingstad a two-point bump, ending the quarter at 25-52 to Harrisburg.
“It’s good teams like that we need to play in order to get better,” Stobbs explained. “You never know what you’re gonna get; the ESD is full of good girls’ basketball teams right now.”
Steffen and Berndt each took another three point bucket in the last period, before Faith Van Holland came into the game with a three pointer at 50 seconds left in the game.
Huron picked up some free throw points from Tenley Buddenhagen, Schoenfelder and Heinz to bring them up to 30 points, but the game ended at 66-30, as Harrisburg towered over Huron by 36 points.
“As we change, other teams are going to change what they’re gonna do and we have to be able to adjust also,” Stobbs said.
The Huron Tiger girls’ will be back in action on Friday night to host the Watertown Arrows in the Huron Arena, while Harrisburg are set to host the Mitchell Kernels on Tuesday.
Harrisburg 21 37 52 66
Huron 6 13 25 30
Harrisburg (6-1): Any Phipps 5 0-1 12; Kiki Berndt 4 0-0 12; Jeniah Ugofski 4 1-2 9; Autumn Steffen 3 0-0 9; Sadie Roth 3 2-3 8; Jaidyn McGee 1 1-1 3; Faith Van Holland 1 0-0 3; Sydney Altenburg 1 0-0 2; Mia Cherry 1 0-0 2; Brecli Conner 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 4-7 66.
Huron (0-8): Havyn Heinz 3 5-6 12; Reagan Rozell 2 0-0 6; Gracie Schoenfelder 2 2-2 6; Jayda Shillingstad 1 2-2 5; Tenley Buddenhagen 0 1-2 1. Totals: 8 10-12 30.
FG: HA - 26-52 50%; HU - 8-42 19%. 3-pt FG: HA - 10-24 (Berndt 4, Steffen 3, Phipps 2, Van Holland 1); HU - 4-17 (Rozell 2, Shillingstad 1, Heinz 1). Rebounds: HA - 39 (Ugofsky 9,Roth 4); HU - 24 (Shillingstad 6, Heinz 6). Assists: HA - 4 (Berndt 2). TO: HA - 7 (Ugofsky 2); HU - 9 (Shillingstad 3, Buddenhagen 3). Steals: HA - 5; HU - 5. Fouls: HA - 12; HU - 11.
Huron’s Tenley Buddenhagen puts up a shot during a game against Harrisburg on Saturday at Huron Arena. Huron’s Jayda Shillingstad makes her way to the basket as she is guarded by Lauren Van Holland of Harrisburg during their game Saturday at Huron Arena.