Head-scratching effort leads to lopsided loss for SH girls

A?three-point winner over Gilbert in first meeting, Hawks fall by 42 in rematch

South Hamilton freshman Emma Lewis (25) tosses up a runner over Gilbert’s Thea Rotto during the first half on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

GILBERT — Burn the tape and then bury it, whatever it takes to erase Tuesday’s debacle from the memory bank as soon as possible.

Gilbert 56, South Hamilton 14. A far cry from just over a month ago when the Hawks took the first meeting, 48-45.

“Every team is allowed one clunker a year and this was ours,” South Hamilton head coach Mark Henderson said afterwards. “From the get go it kind of looked like we didn’t care and I’m not sure why. Sometimes they’ve had a tough day at school, or sometimes they have problems with friends … whatever it was, the effort was really poor.”

Gilbert (9-8, 6-5 HOIC) was clearly the more determined team and that was evident from the opening possession and throughout the early stages of the contest. The Tigers were relentless on the boards, particularly on the offensive glass where they came up with 15 offensive rebounds. They out-rebounded South Hamilton (5-12, 4-7 HOIC) 43-22 in the game.

“You can play 20 or 30 seconds of really good defense, but if you give up second-chance points, that’s a big momentum thing in basketball. If you give up an offensive rebound and bucket, that can crush your spirits,” Henderson said.

South Hamilton’s Taylor Ratzke (31) has her second-half 3-point attempt challenged by Gilbert’s Nessa Johnson (11) on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

A step or two slow on defense all night, the Hawks had just as tough a time at the other end of the court. They connected on just 18 percent of their shots (7 of 40) and were 0 of 13 and 0 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc and at the free throw line, respectively.

Marla Grubb scored six points for South Hamilton, but her court time was limited by foul trouble. She was whistled for her fourth foul with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter and was forced to watch until the middle of the third.

Gilbert led 12-2 after one quarter and expanded it to 19-2 before Grubb hit a mid-range baseline jumper to briefly stop the bleeding.

But the Tigers just kept coming. Three-pointers by Jordyn Milhous and Hannah Thatcher made it 34-4 with 2:15 to go in the first half. An Emma Lewis bucket late in the frame was the Hawks third and final field goal of the half.

The game shifted to a continuous clock with four minutes left in the third quarter when Gilbert extended the margin to 35 points, 45-10.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Sydney Friest finished with two points — she had the Hawks only first-quarter field goal — and a team-high seven rebounds. Anna Moss chipped in two points, three rebounds and two assists, and Breanne Diersen came up with six steals.

Freshman Emma Bulman spearheaded the Tigers’ performance with a game-high 15 points. Nessa Johnson added 11 points, while Milhous and Sarah Hinners finished with nine each.

South Hamilton will attempt to regroup in practice before it returns to its home floor on Friday to take on Prairie City-Monroe at 6 p.m.

Gilbert 56, South Hamilton 14

Tuesday at Gilbert

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

South Hamilton (5-12, 4-7 HOIC) — Kelsey Hildreth 0 0-0 0, Anna Moss 1 0-0 2, Breanne Diersen 0 0-0 0, Taylor Volkmann 0 0-0 0, Brookelyn George 0 0-0 0, Aneesa Balderas 0 0-0 0, Cheyanne Dilley 0 0-0 0, Emma Lewis 1 0-2 2, Taylor Ratzke 0 0-0 0, Marla Grubb 3 0-0 6, Sydney Friest 1 0-4 2, Cortney Harris 0 0-0 0, Kenady Campbell 1 0-0 2, Krista Swenson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 0-6 14.

Gilbert (9-8, 6-5 HOIC) — Kenzie Miller 2 0-0 5, Emma Kruse 0 0-0 0, Hannah Thatcher 1 0-0 3, Nessa Johnson 5 1-2 11, Ellie Bulman 0 1-2 1, Hailey Anthony 0 0-0 0, Emma Bulman 5 4-7 15, Thea Rotto 1 1-2 3, Sarah Hinners 3 2-2 9, Claire Roske 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Milhous 4 0-0 9. Totals: 21 9-15 60.

S. Hamilton 2 4 4 4 — 14

Gilbert 12 22 13 9 — 56

3-point field goals — GIL 5 (Miller, Thatcher, Em. Bulman, Hinners, Milhous). Rebounds — SH 22 (Friest 7, Moss 3). Steals — SH 10 (Diersen 6). Assists — SH 4 (Moss 2). Turnovers — SH 15, GIL 13. Team fouls — SH 10, GIL 10. Fouled out — none.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

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