SIOUX FALLS — The Huron Tigers girls’ basketball team used a sticky half-court trap defense, and three overpowering offensive runs to build on an early lead as the girls rebounded from back-to-back losses with a resounding 65-32 win over the Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots Thursday night at the Lincoln High gymnasium.
The win pushes the Tigers record to 4-3, while the Patriots drop to 1-4. The game was postponed from being a Huron home game on Tuesday night, because of water issues at Huron Arena. The Arena is dried out now, however, so the girls’ and boys’ home doubleheader scheduled with Mitchell on Saturday will take place.
Neither team started quickly, trading baskets until the 4:42 mark of the opening quarter, when Ady Sand drained a three-pointer for Lincoln to give the Patriots their first lead, at 5-4.
Seconds later Bella Shreeve hit the first of her three three-point field goals to give Huron a 7-5 lead and igniting a 13-0 run. Hamtyn Heinz scored on a nice pass from Shreeve and then the 5-foot, 5-inch Schreeve hit threes on back-to-back possessions, to stake Huron to a 15-5 lead.
The Tigers still had a bit more in the tank, however, as Heinz scored again to pushed the lead to 12. The teams traded baskets in the closing moments and Huron held a 19-7 lead after the first period.
“We do tend to score in bunches,” said coach Tim Buddenhagen after the win. That’s kind of how we’re built. We had a couple of lulls tonight and we need to find a way to limit those slow times.”
The second quarter got off to a rough start for the Tigers, as they went scoreless for the first three minutes, while Lincoln managed to hit six points, including a three from Addie Fawcett to cut the margin to eight points, at 23-13.
Huron shot lights out in the first quarter (eight for 11 from the field) but went cold to open the second quarter. But at the 3:45 mark, Tenley Buddenhagen hit a pretty pull-up jumper from the free throw stripe, Heinz found herself open behind the arc and drained the three-pointer and Isabelle Ellwein wandered into the paint and converted the ensuing free throws to give Huron its biggest lead of the half, at 28-13. Sand hit a three and Heinz hit a pair of free throws to make the score 30-16 at the halftime break.
“I was really happy with how our defense played tonight,” coach Buddenhagen said. “We wanted to control the high post and the low block and make them shoot outside. We did a good job of not letting them get comfortable all night tonight.”
After four scoreless minutes in the third quarter, Huron caught fire, finishing the period on a 13-4 run, keyed by a pair of threes from Tenley Buddenhagen, a three from Alexis Feenstra and a bucket from Heinz, as the Tigers, for all intents and purposes, shut the door on the Patriots, holding a 45-20 lead after three.
Lincoln scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, but Heaven Gainey hit a bucket, Tenley Buddenhagen hit a deuce and Gainey converted again for a 51-25 lead. Another five-point mini-run by the Patriots seemed to ignite the Tigers in the final minutes. Gainey hit a three, Ellwein matched her with a long three, Heinz scored four points on two possessions and Lexy Gilbert converted a steal into a layup as the Tigers pulled away for the 65-32 win.
Mariah Siem was the lone Patriot in double figures with 12 points, while the Tigers had a trio in double figures, led by Tenley Buddenhagen’s 18 points - 10 of which came in the third quarter - Heinz had 16 points and Gainey capped the night with a solid fourth quarter and ended the game with 11 points. Shreeve scored nine points, all in the first quarter, and drew recognition from coach Buddenhagen.
“Bella really got us going tonight,” he pointed out. “When she is feeling it and the shots are going down, we need to find a way to get her the ball when that happens.” He also was pleased with the balanced scoring effort from his team.
“We need to be continually hard to guard,” he said. “We need that balanced scoring and it was good to see girls come off the bench and contribute. We need to do more of that as we will need to find a way to manufacture points and get production off our bench when the long ball maybe isn’t going down as well.”
Huron also came out on top in the two preliminary games, as the Huron Freshman team downed the Patriots 58-32, while the JV team blitzed Lincoln, 61-24.
The Tigers are back in action Saturday evening, when they tangle with Mitchell at Huron Arena, with a 5:30 p.m. tip scheduled.
Huron 19 30 45 65
Lincoln 7 16 20 32
Huron (4-3): Bella Shreeve 3 0-0 9; Tenley Buddenhagen 7 2-2 18; Alexis Feenstra 1 0-0 3; Heavan Gainey 5 0-0 11; Lexy Gilbert 1 0-0 2; Hamtyn Heinz 6 3-4 16; Isabelle Ellwein 1 2-2 5. Totals 24 5-6 65.
Lincoln (1-4): Ady Sand 2 0-0 6; Addie Fawcell 2 0-0 5; Mariah Siem 5 1-2 12; Jaydn Fixse 1 0-1 2; Alaina Sorenson 1 0-0 3; Nancy Peter 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 1-3 32.