Playing Wednesday night in Hallsville High’s west gym, the Lady Indians beat the visiting Lady Thunderbirds 60-35.
Things were tougher for Hallsville’s boys. They led the first half, then fell behind in the second to lose 60-56.
“We got better in the second half,” said Matt Heet, head coach of the now 5-7 Lady Indians. “Avery Oetting had some timely threes in the fourth that allowed us to get some separation.”
He said he was please how his team was able to use a combination of man, and trap-press defense to keep the Lady Thunderbirds under wrap.
Heet said the Ladies kept their eyes on North Callaway players Daelyn Schmauch and Kenzie Ausfahl, “They can do some really solid stuff. We wanted to make sure they worked for every point they got, and except for a few missed looks, we did.”
Oetting led Hallsville with a game-high 15 points, followed by Hope Crane with 13 and Lana Hicks with 12.
Ausfahl led North Callaway with 12.
Hallsville lead 19-9 at the end of the first, 32-14 going into halftime and 40-27 at the end of the third.
Heet said his team has grown and showed more consistent play. “Breaking a losing streak is a good way to go into the last six weeks of the season,” he said. “All we can do is play our best.”
He also lauded Hicks’ performance off the bench. “She gave us her best varsity performance yet, and was really good from the free-throw line.”
North Callaway Head Coach Morgan Beamer said Hallsville gave the Lady Thunderbirds just what they expected. “We expected them to start with a full-court game, then drop into half-court sets and that is exactly what they did,” she said. “They killed us from the outside and offensive rebounds.”
Beamer said she was pleased when they outscored Hallsville in the third, though they never took the lead. “Hallsville gave us a good gritty game; their shooting was what killed us.”
She said Oetting and Avery Abell were the Hallsville threats they practiced to counter. “Abell had some good looks and good shooting from the outside.”
During the boys’ game, Hallsville led14-10 in the first and 33-25 going into halftime. From there North Callaway climbed back, taking the lead, 43-40 at the end of the third and winning, 60-56.
Clayton Cook led Hallsville with 19 points, followed by BJ Fisher with 17 and Colby Durk with eight.
Andrew Locastro led North Callaway with 19.
For more, please see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.