SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk girls made their final home game of the season a very strong one. Hosting a Class 1A Region 3 quarterfinal game Tuesday, the Hawks powered past the visiting Collins-Maxwell Spartans, 58-34.
Using a 29-7 run over the final 12 minutes of play, the Hawks broke open a close contest. The Spartans had an opportunity to knot the score at 29-all after outscoring the Hawks, 6-2 coming out of halftime break.
Lynnville-Sully’s defense rose up and snatched the chance away. Senior Mariah Vos ignited a 12-2 surge in the final four minutes of the third quarter.
Following Vos’ basket, junior Shiloh Cunningham tossed in a field goal. Junior Carson Fisk, who led all scorers with 23 points, made a steal, went coast-to-coast for the layup to put the Hawks up 35-27.
Collins-Maxwell called a timeout with 2:31 left in the third. Spartan senior Brianda Bane had a basket. The Spartans couldn’t stop the Hawks to mount a comeback.
Fisk scored then Vos scored in transition. Fisk had a little pull-up shot find the net to end the period with her team leading 41-29.
Lynnville-Sully never let up, pushing to a 47-32 lead by the 4:10 mark of the fourth quarter.
“We started dropping down and getting into the post area on defense in the third quarter,” Hawk senior Jataya Meyer said of the way Lynnville-Sully took control of the playoff game. “Driving into the basket has made us successful this season and we did that tonight.”
Meyer said the Hawks have been playing well as a team. She said wanted to thank her teammates and the community for the support for the team. She said the Hawks (17-6) are looking forward to the next step in the playoffs.
That step will be taking on 13th-ranked Colo-NESCO at 7 p.m. Friday at Colo in a regional semifinal game. Colo-NESCO (18-4) beat Baxter, 59-35, on Tuesday night.
Collins-Maxwell battled back from a 4-0 deficit against Lynnville-Sully to lead 13-8 after one quarter of play. Fisk drained a 3-pointer to open the second period.
In a fast-paced, defensive skirmish of a second quarter, the teams were tied three times. A basket by Bane with 1:32 left in the first game the Spartans their final lead, 21-20, of the game.
Vos downed two free throws followed by a trey by Fisk. Fisk hit a shot just before halftime to put the Hawks up 27-21.
“Coach told us we did good work in the first half, but in the second half is when we sat down at the table and ate — as he puts it,” Vos said. “This was our best team effort of the year. All five of our players kept attacking and had them off balanced all game.”
Lynnville-Sully shot 57 percent, 23-of-40 from the field to Collins-Maxwell’s 30 percent, 13-of-43. The Hawks hit 10-of-15 foul shots to the Spartans’ 7-of-18.
Vos had 12 points. Fisk had six rebounds, three assists and three steals to go with her 23 points. Freshman Krystal Van Dyke cleared five rebounds, had three assists and two steals.
Senior point guard Camryn Russell handed out six assists. Cunningham finished with three steals.
“We had a great second half, The girls really worked hard on the defensive end to make it hard for Collins-Maxwell to get any good looks,” Hawk head coach Jerry Hulsing said.
“Our offense was as good as it had been all year. I thought the girls passed the ball with a purpose and we did a good job of attacking the basket. I was really happy with the girls to focus the whole game and thought we played as one unit on the floor. Taking advantage of what was open.”
Bane led the Spartans with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Lynnville-Sully (FG/3-pt): Fisk 8/2-1-4-23, Vos 4-4-3-12, Cunningham 3-0-3-6, Van Dyke 2-0-2-4, Loftus 1-2-0-4, Russell 2-0-1-4, Meyer 1-0-3-2, Nikkel 0-2-0-2, Rozendaal 0-1-0-1, Gruver 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 21/2-10-17-58.
Collins-Maxwell (FG/3-pt): Bane 6-3-4-15, Cheville 2/1-1-1-8, Markley 2-0-1-4, Houge 1-0-4-2, Em. Kahler 0-1-0-1, El. Kahler 0-1-1-1, Wierson 0-0-2-0, Moody 0-0-1-0, Christie 0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 12/1-7-17-34.
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