Tigers put clamps on SH girls, win easily

GILBERT – South Hamilton needed a backhoe rather than a shovel to dig itself out of the hole it created in front of a packed house here Friday evening.

Yes, the crevice was that big.

Facing an uphill battle all night thanks to 22 turnovers and a 35-18 disadvantage on the boards, the Hawks were no match for Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert in a 53-26 Tigers’ thumping.

South Hamilton (3-16, 2-14 HOIC) was limited to two field goals in the first half – a 16-minute span in which Gilbert (10-10, 9-7 HOIC) stormed out to a 23-7 advantage.

“We dug ourselves a hole that we needed a huge shovel to get out of and we just can’t keep doing that,” South Hamilton head coach Kathi Fisher said.

The Hawks briefly made things interesting early in the third quarter by trimming the deficit to 25-13 on a Kaitlin Fisher jumper from the free throw line, but Gilbert reeled off an 11-2 run over the final 4:30 of the period to push the cushion to 36-15 and that turned out the lights.

Fisher scored a team-high nine points, and she also had four rebounds and three steals in the loss. Mattea Detrick added six points and three assists.

Fisher and Detrick accounted for the Hawks’ two first-half makes from the floor.

Madison Spear dropped in 11 and Jane Brown finished with 10 for Gilbert, who finished off the two-game season sweep against the Hawks. Brown was also a defensive force inside, forcing the Hawks into bad shots and errant passes and, ultimately, intimidating them enough to stay out the lane almost entirely.

“We’re just not aggressive going to the basket,” Kathi Fisher said. “In the past we’ve had a player that did that, but we just don’t have that this year.”

Hawks lose to Tigers, 48-47

JEWELL – South Hardin bucked a season-long trend to turn back South Hamilton in non-conference action here Saturday evening.

A 49 percent free throw shooting team leading up to the clash, the Tigers (7-10) knocked down 91 percent (20 of 22) of their attempts and held off the Hawks, 48-47.

Kayla Prosser – a 57 percent shooter at the stripe – played the key role; she went 11 of 11 at the line and scored a game-high 19 points.

Ella Jans (15) and Savana Stangeland (11) scored in double figures for the Hawks.

South Hardin outscored the Hawks 23-13 in the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime deficit into a 36-29 lead. The Tigers built their margin to 12 in the second half before the Hawks mounted a fourth-quarter rally.