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Short-handed SH girls come up short

Photo by Angela Hewitt

JEWELL — Missing five players for various reasons, including starting forward Caleigh Hewitt, the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team was unable to build on an early lead and eventually wilted in a Heart of Iowa Conference loss on Coach Jim Marsh Court on Friday.

PCM rallied back from an 11-2 deficit after one quarter to knock off the Hawks, 49-38.

Also missing for South Hamilton were Zoey Duns, Aspen Wibholm, Abby Ervin and Paige Evans. But Hewitt’s absence was particularly noticeable, and she’ll likely miss the remainder of the regular season due to a concussion.

Aneesa Balderas was back in the Hawks’ lineup after missing two games due to an ankle injury.

PCM (9-11, 7-6 HOIC) outscored South Hamilton 17-4 in the second quarter to seize command. The Mustangs led 19-15 at the intermission and 35-27 after three quarters.

Photo by Angela Hewitt

The Hawks didn’t help themselves in the foul-plagued contest. They made just 8 of 29 free throws.

The two teams combined for 49 fouls and four players fouled out.

PCM all-conference leader Regan Freland had no problems at the charity stripe though. She connected on 10 of 12 attempts and scored a game-high 17 points. Lillian Baird buried two 3-pointers and scored 10 points for the visitors.

Brookelyn George led South Hamilton with nine points and Hallee Feaker chipped in eight more. Hailey Diersen finished with six points.

PCM 49, South Hamilton 38

Friday at Jewell

PCM (9-11, 7-6 HOIC) — Sierra Foster 3 2-4 8, Paige Steenhoek 0 0-1 0, Alexis Kuecker 0 0-0 0, Emma George 1 0-0 2, Celeste Wagaman 1 0-0 2, Lillian Baird 4 0-2 10, Regan Freland 3 10-12 17, Riley Hjortshoj 2 2-6 6, Kate McCarthy 1 2-6 4. Totals: 15 16-31 49.

South Hamilton (6-11, 4-8 HOIC) — Rocio Martinez 0 2-2 2, Emma Lewis 0 2-6 2, Hailey Diersen 3 0-2 6, Hallee Feaker 3 1-2 8, Brookelyn George 4 0-4 9, Aneesa Balderas 0 0-1 0, Kylee Gunderson 0 1-4 1, Chandler George 0 0-0 0, Mackenzy Grady 1 1-6 3, Kate Barkema 3 1-2 7. Totals: 14 8-29 38.

PCM 2 17 16 14 — 49

S. Ham. 11 4 12 11 — 38

3-point field goals — PCM 3 (Baird 2, Freland); SH 2 (Feaker, George). Rebounds — SH 34 (Diersen 10, Feaker 5). Steals — SH 8 (Lewis 3). Assists — SH 8 (Feaker 3). Turnovers — SH 13. Team fouls — PCM 23, SH 26. Fouled out — PCM: E. George, Freland; SH: Diersen, B. George.

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