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Hiawatha Girls and Perry Boys Win Big 7 Games
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports
02/08/2020

It was a Big 7 rematch from early December and while the Hiawatha girls avenged a loss in a tight and exciting contest the Perry boys rolled to a dominating road victory to sweep the season series. 

GIRLS = Hiawatha 43, Perry Lecompton 39

Averaging just two three-point baskets per game in thier first 12 contest, the Hiawatha girls exploded by making nine treys at home on Friday night and forced 18 turnovers to earn their second win in the Big 7 League.  They jumped to a 5-0 and 10-5 advantage hitting three early triples, but then scored only one point in the second quarter and trailed 19-14 at halftime. Behind five more trifecta's in the third quarter, Hiawatha stormed back to take a 31-30 lead and never trailed again. 

The biggest margin for either team during the night was 37-32 with 4:45 remaining after another three-point basket by Clara Lindstrom. Bailey Pierce hit two free throws with 2:40 to play and two more with 23 seconds left to help protect the lead and Blaise Ball hit her second trey of the fourth period with 47 seconds to go to pull Perry within 40-39. But trailing by three after Pierce's free throws, the Kaws turned the ball over and then after two missed free throws by Hiawatha, Perry allowed and offensive rebound and Sarah Madsen hit the second charity toss with 14 seconds left to seal the win. 

Lindstrom had a break-out night knocking down four triples and scoring 13 points while Pierce also scored 13 with a couple treys and a six for six night at the stripe. Besides those two sophomores, a freshman, Darcy Lierz came off the bench and added 11 points. Hiawatha handled the Perry pressure and only had 11 turnovers on the night while also getting a lot of deflections and playing pressure perimeter defense throughout the game. The Redhawks improve to 6-7 on the season and 2-6 in the Big 7. 

Perry got 17 points from Ball in defeat while Katy Hurd and Jenna Keller each scored six. The Kaws made six shots behind the arc but couldn't overcome the turnovers before falling to 8-6 on the season and 4-5 in the League.    

BOYS = Perry Lecompton 67, Hiawatha 46

The Hiawatha boys struggled shooting the basketball for the third game this week and Perry was knocking down better than 50 percent while building an early 14-4 lead and never looking back in route to the road win. Parker Stone scored nine in the opening quarter as the Kaws took a 19-9 advantage into the second quarter and had the score doubled up 34-17 at halftime. The Redhawks never got closer than 13 points in the second half, partly because Perry made 22 of 27 free throws for the game and connected on seven treys.  

Stone finished with 22 points while Billy Welch was 12 of 14 from the foul-line and added 16 points. Brad Robb continued his hot shooting by scoring 13 points including four three-pointers while Blake Farmer was dominant inside with a double double including 11 points.  Perry bounced back from a loss to Jeff West early this week and improved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big 7. 

After struggling to score in losses earlier in the week against Jeff West and Nemaha Central, the Redhawks fell to 2-6 in League play and now 8-6 overall on the season. Tyler Brockoff scored 14 points and Michael Moreno added 12 as the Redhawks battled some foul trouble and made only one shot behind the arc.

Citizens State Bank and Trust Company of Hiawatha "Players to Bank On:"

Bailey Pierce and Clara Lindstrom of Hiawatha and Parker Stone of Perry Lecompton 


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