The Hillsboro girls varsity basketball team had a tough game Thursday at Festus. The Hawks fell victim to the Tigers’ fast paced game and lost, 56-20. The loss lowers Hillsboro’s season record to 2-12.
“Last night was a really difficult game for us,” said head coach Joe Fehlker. “I thought the girls had two good days of practice to prepare, and we had a good game plan but, unfortunately, Festus is a great team, and they were simply too fast and strong for us.”
Festus opened up a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Maya LaPlante said the team just couldn’t adjust. “We really just didn’t move as fast as Festus did,” she admitted. “We weren’t as focused on our passes and running our plays. I also think that most of us just didn’t work as hard as we could. We know what we are capable of when we really push ourselves, but last night we did not have that.”
Coach Fehlker also said the shots weren’t falling on Thursday. “I thought that we had a decent number of open looks, but we struggled through a very poor shooting night, making only one three-point shot. Festus also did a nice job of forcing turnovers and then converting in transition.”
Payton Bingman did see some positives, especially in the second half. “During the first half of the game, we were having some trouble finding their shooters and keeping them from getting the ball,” she said. “But during the second half, we made our defense so much better, and we were playing faster and smarter.”
“We are looking forward to re-grouping and having three solid days of practice next week before our game against Perryville,” noted Fehlker.
Against the Tigers, Kenzie Baker led the way with eight points. “I want to compliment Kenzie for her aggressive play on offense last night,” said Coach Fehlker. “Elaina Readnour did an excellent job in the post on their big girl, and Hailey Genge gave us some great minutes off the bench last night as well.”
Other Hawks the made marks in the scoring column were Bingman with five points, LaPlante with three, and Readnour with two points. Both Emma Kruse and Zoe Wood made a free throw apiece.
As Coach Fehlker noted, the Hawks are off until Thursday when the team hosts Perryille. The varsity game begins around 7:30 p.m.