HAWKS NOT DONE JUST YET

Grubb and Friest combine for 22 points, SH advances to 2A?regional quarters

South Hamilton forward Sydney Friest (left) attempts to cut off the driving lane of St. Edmond’s Livi Huss Saturday night in Fort Dodge. Messenger photo/Tom Vogt

FORT DODGE — Another fourth-quarter surge and clutch free throws down the stretch by Anna Moss and Rylee Woodall preserved the South Hamilton girls’ basketball season for at least a few more days here Saturday night.

The Hawks (9-14) didn’t take their first lead until the 4:11 mark of the fourth quarter, but managed to rally past Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 44-43, in a Class 2A Region 2 first-round contest.

“This time of year it’s all about survive and advance, and we did that,” South Hamilton head coach Mark Henderson said. “We had some great contributions from a lot of girls … I’m so happy for the girls that they’re getting to see how much fun this time of the season can be.”

South Hamilton advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinal against Aplington-Parkersburg (13-7) in Parkersburg at 7 p.m.

Moss canned two free throws with 1:51 to go to give the Hawks a 42-40 lead. St. Edmond (4-18) scored the next three to jump back in front, but Woodall had the answer with two at the charity stripe with 35 ticks remaining.

South Hamilton went 4 of 10 at the foul line over the initial three quarters, but stepped up and drained 8 of 12 over the final eight minutes.

Marla Grubb led the Hawks with 12 points and five rebounds. Sydney Friest pitched in 10 points and seven boards. Moss produced seven points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Woodall registered six points, three steals and two assists.

St. Edmond led 9-6 after one quarter and 22-16 at the intermission. South Hamilton jumped back into contention thanks to its defense that piled up 19 steals and forced 27 turnovers.

“We definitely came out tight, but the girls did a good job of not panicking and staying under control,” Henderson said. “We worked as hard on defense in the second half as we have all year.”

Breanne Diersen led South Hamilton’s defensive attack with five steals. Grubb added four and Taylor Volkmann pitched in three.

St. Edmond received a game-high 16 points from Erin Flattery. She hit all four of her shot attempts in the first quarter and scored eight of the Gaels’ nine points.

Hannah Huss added six points, while Macey Mason and Jacque Oberg scored five each.

South Hamilton avenged a 39-31 loss to St. Edmond back on Dec. 16. Grubb, the Hawks leading scorer at 13.4 points per game, did not play in the first meeting.

South Hamilton 44, St. Edmond 43

Saturday at Fort Dodge

South Hamilton (9-14) — Rylee Woodall 1 3-6 6, Anna Moss 2 2-5 7, Breanne Diersen 1 0-0 2, Taylor Volkmann 0 2-2 2, Aneesa Balderas 1 1-2 3, Emma Lewis 1 0-0 2, Taylor Ratzke 0 0-0 0, Marla Grubb 4 4-7 12, Sydney Friest 5 0-0 10. Totals: 15 12-22 44.

St. Edmond (4-18) — Abby Landwehr 0 00 0, Macey Mason 2 0-0 5, Jacque Oberg 2 1-3 5, Hannah Huss 3 0-0 6, Cambrie McBride 0 0-0 0, Erin Flattery 8 0-1 16, Jocy Timmerman 2 1-2 5, Livi Huss 1 1-4 3, Brea McNeil 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19 4-12 43.

S. Hamilton 6 10 14 14 — 44

St. Edmond 9 13 10 11 — 43

3-point field goals — SH 2 (Woodall, Moss); SE 1 (Mason). Rebounds — SH 30 (Friest 7, Moss 6, Grubb 5). Steals — SH 19 (Diersen 5, Grubb 4, Woodall 3, Moss 3, Volkmann 3). Assists — SH 7 (Woodall 2, Moss 2). Team fouls — SH 14, SE 21. Fouled out — SE: Huss.

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