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HAWKS STRETCH WIN STREAK TO 5

Galetich torches Rams for second time in rout

Maddison Freeman (45) hugs Mackenzy Grady (25) following South Hamilton’s 47-20 win over Greene County on Tuesday in Jefferson. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

JEFFERSON — Greene County is already tired of seeing Makena Galetich, and she’s only just gotten started.

South Hamilton’s talented point guard has twice tormented the Rams during her freshman season and led the Hawks to a pair of runaway wins.

Galetich drained four 3-pointers, shot nearly 70 percent from the floor and poured in 17 points on Tuesday during South Hamilton’s 47-20 victory over Greene County. In the two meetings this season, she’s averaged 18 points and eight steals, and the Hawks have won the two contests by a combined 56 points.

“Makena had one of those nights where you were surprised if she missed a shot,” South Hamilton head coach Mark Henderson said. “Every time the ball left her hand, you just expected it to find the bottom of the net.”

South Hamilton (7-6, 3-3 Heart of Iowa Conference) won its fifth consecutive contest and moved over .500 for the first time this season. Henderson’s club has not lost since Dec. 22.

Makena Galetich (13) scores two of her 17 points against Greene County on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

“Right now the girls are clicking,” Henderson said. “With the chemistry on this team, it’s a fun locker room.”

Greene County (4-7, 2-4 HOIC) packed in the lane with a zone in an attempt to take away Caleigh Hewitt and South Hamilton made it pay with seven 3-point baskets. Mackenzy Grady rained in three for all nine of her points. Zoey Duns also dropped in nine points to go along with four rebounds, and Hewitt dished out three assists.

“We had girls step up and hit some outside shots,” Henderson said. “Zoey had a really good game. When we missed an outside shot she was there for the rebound … she also had the assignment of guarding their best player (Brianna Habben), like she does most games, and she held her in check.”

Habben led the Rams with 10 points, but she got just eight shots off. The Hawks also forced Greene County into 27 turnovers.

South Hamilton took control with a 15-3 run in the second quarter and then ran away from the Rams with an 11-3 burst in the fourth.

DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

Tanna Thompson added four points in the win. Emma Lewis had a bucket to go along with five rebounds and four steals. Galetich had a team-high five thefts.

S. Hamilton 47, Greene County 20

Tuesday at Jefferson

South Hamilton (7-6, 3-3 HOIC) — Tanna Thompson 1 2-2 4, Emma Lewis 1 0-0 2, Abby Ervin 0 0-0 0, Paige Evans 0 0-0 0, Makena Galetich 6 1-2 17, Kailyn Northrop 0 0-0 0, Caleigh Hewitt 1 0-0 2, Mackenzy Grady 3 0-0 9, Aspen Wibholm 0 2-2 2, Zoey Duns 4 1-2 9, Paige Doolittle 0 0-0 0, Ashlyn Erickson 0 2-4 2, Grace Neuberger 0 0-0 0, Maddi Freeman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 8-12 47.

Greene County (4-7, 2-4 HOIC) — Brianna Habben 4 2-4 10, Eliza Carlson 0 0-0 0, Regan Tuhn 0 0-0 0, Brianna Osterson 1 1-4 3, Makala Kafer 1 0-0 2, Lily Muir 1 0-0 2, Natalie Heupel 1 0-0 2, Alexa Peters 0 0-0 0, Kamryn Sanders 0 1-3 1, Sadie Wilson 0 0-0 0, Emma Hoyle 0 0-0 0, Ashlynn Hinners 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 4-11 20.

S. Hamilton 7 15 14 11 — 47

Greene Cty 6 3 8 3 — 20

3-point field goals — SH 7 (Galetich 4, Grady 3). Rebounds — SH 28 (Lewis 5, Duns 4). Steals — SH 14 (Galetich 5, Lewis 4). Assists — SH 9 (Hewitt 3). Turnovers — SH 15. Team fouls — SH 12, GC 8. Fouled out — none.

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