Ullestad, Enderson sizzle, Hawks torch Eagles, 90-49

JEWELL – Eagle Grove was lulled into a false sense of security during the opening 8 minutes of play in a Class 2A district semifinal Friday night on Coach Jim Marsh Court.

And then South Hamilton dropped the guillotine – 3-point style.

Starting shooting guard Trevor Ullestad and fellow wing Ross Enderson combined to splash in seven 3-pointers during a 36-point second quarter that gave South Hamilton all the momentum it needed to eviscerate Eagle Grove, 90-49, in front of a pro-Hawk crowd.

It was the 12th consecutive win and 14th in the last 15 games for the Heart of Iowa Conference champion Hawks and pushed them into Tuesday’s District 4 final against league rival Roland-Story at Boone High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

The Norsemen knocked off Clarion-Goldfield, 53-34, in Friday’s other district semifinal.

South Hamilton (19-3) bombed away all night, finished with 14 3s in 26 attempts (54 percent) and shot 52 percent overall from the field (31 of 60). The scorching second quarter translated into a 50-32 halftime lead and the Hawks went on to outscore Eagle Grove (4-19) 40-17 after the break.

Ullestad and Enderson matched each other shot for shot. They both finished with five triples and 21 points. Matt Hislop drained two shots from outside the arc and put up 17 points; Collin Hill added one 3 and 15 points.

Hill excelled at both ends of the floor with five rebounds, five steals and six assists. Andrew Wintermote led the Hawks on the glass with six boards; Hislop distributed five assists and came up with four thefts, Ullestad had four assists and three steals, and Enderson had three steals as well.

Zach Ploeger did what he could for the Eagles with 19 points, but no teammates joined him in double figures.

South Hamilton beat Roland-Story (14-8) twice during the regular season, 73-62 and 70-58, but neither was particularly easy. The Norsemen led by nine at the half and six after three quarters before the Hawks went on a 32-14 fourth-quarter run in their 12-point win in Jewell earlier this month.