Ryleigh Hindle-Ameritime Sports Student Writer
The Hawks are trying to find their footing but a series of tough games in the past week aren’t helping matters, with Monday night against Potosi being no different.
Right away, the Hawks knew they were in for a rough one, as Potosi came out with heavy pressure. Potosi’s pressure caused costly turnovers, making it difficult for the Hawks to start up their offense.
Unfortunately for Hillsboro, the Trojans would not have the same issue, as they managed to find the gaps in the Hawks’ defense and drive to the basket for easy buckets. The Hawks first point would come from the line, as Zoe Wood fouled but got the Hawks on the board. They would be able score one more basket, getting the ball to Dyllan Day off the press break. The Hawks ended the quarter down 12-3.
“Potosi plays at a quicker pace of game than us,” Wood said. “I feel like this caused us to speed up and lose control. We were not able to play at a pace that we are comfortable with. Because of that, we could not find any sort of rhythm on offense.”
The second quarter went in the same fashion for Hillsboro, as Potosi kept driving to the basket for easy buckets, while the Hawks’ couldn’t buy a bucket. Hillsboro would only pick up two more points from the charity stripe, heading into halftime down 28-5.
After halftime, the Hawks picked up the pace. They were able to get the offense moving off of swinging the ball and beating Potosi’s pressure. Defensively, the Hawks were able to stop the inside drives, but didn’t have an answer for Potosi’s outside shooters that drained. The Hawks headed into the final quarter with a 48-9 deficit.
The fourth quarter was the last leg of a marathon. The Hawks would pick up six more points, most of them coming from the free throw line. Finishing out the game with a 53-15 loss, Hillsboro’s scorers for the night would be Wood and Day leading the charge with four, Kaylee Hilton and Sara Stokes with three, and Hailey Genge with one.
“I feel like we weren’t moving our feet very fast,” Day said. “Even though the other team was faster, as a whole I think we were slower than usual. I think if we pick up our feet we will have a much better game against Festus.”
The Hawks now look to rebound against Festus at home. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. on January 14th.