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Lex Engage In Thrillers With Hastings Hoopsters

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Lex Engage In Thrillers With Hastings Hoopsters

KELLY NINAS/TRI-CITY TRIBUNE

MINUTEMAID SENIOR Madison Sutton spins baseline to score in the paint over the out-stretched arms of Lauren Hinrichs of Hastings during the fourth quarter.

Lex Engage In Thrillers With Hastings Hoopsters

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KICKING THE BALL to the wing is Lexington slasher Kaleb Carpenter (center) as he draws the attention of Hasting defenders Jake Schroeder (15) and JT Cafferty.

Lex Engage In Thrillers With Hastings Hoopsters

KELLY NINAS/TRI-CITY TRIBUNE

GATHERING THE rebound is Minutemaid Kalli Sutton (23) as she snared the ball away from Lauren Hinrichs of Hastings during the first quarter on Saturday evening.

Lex Engage In Thrillers With Hastings Hoopsters

KELLY NINAS/TRI-CITY TRIBUNE

MAKING THE SLIDING save near the baseline is Minuteman Senior Nick Saiz (5) during the third quarter of play against Hastings on Friday evening in Lexington.

Renewing old rivalries, the former GNAC-foes Hastings and host Lexington engaged in a hardwood showdown that featured girls and boys battling for supremacy in a doubleheader on Saturday evening in Lexington.

The Minutemaids got off to a lightning fast start, but it was the strong finish by the Lady Tigers of Hastings that escaped with a 52-42 win over Lexington.

Hitting the door running, the Minutemaids played with gumption as Klair Fagot lit up the scoreboard for eight points of the Orange and Black’s 15 first quarter points, as they snared an early lead of 15-10 before all the smoke cleared on the opening quarter of play.

The tides turned a bit during the second quarter, as McKinsey Long of Hastings was able to catch the shooting touch and flex the net for six of the Tigers 15 points in the period to enter the halftime break in the action with a 25-21 lead over the Lexington Minutemaid hoopsters.

Scoring was at a premium for much of the third quarter of play, which in turn resulted in the teams having to get creative. Hastings was six-for-six from the charity stripe and Lexington was five-of-eight from the free throw line. Minutemaid Madison Sutton was able to step into the limelight with her work in the paint resulting in six points. Both Lexington and Hastings were able to work their offensive systems to finish the frame with 11 points apiece. The Orange and Black-clad Minutemaids would enter the final frame of regulation trying to cut into a four-point, 36-32 deficit.

Lexington tried to cut into the lead the whole fourth quarter but it wa the timely scoring by the Lady Tigers that resulted in Hastings able to sink, six-of-twelve free throws as time dwindled down in the final frame of regulation. Hastings was able to weather the scoring storm attempts by the Minutemaids that were trying to mount a comeback . The Lady Tigers scored a 52-42 victory over Lexington.

Klair Fagot led the Minutemaids with 12 points, all scored in the first half of play. Senior center Madison Sutton contributed greatly with 10 points, all scored in the second half for Lexington.

Mia Rowe and Sarah Treffer chipped in with seven points apiece for the Maids.

SCORE BY QUARTERS Hastings ......................................10 15 11 16- 52 Lexington......................................15 6 11 10- 42 Lexington: Klair Fagot 12, Madison Sutton 10, Sarah Treffer 7 Mia Rowe 7, Jackie Ostrom 4, McKinna Moats 2.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the boys hoops squads from Hastings and Lexington battled to the bitter end in a highly anticipated heavyweight slugfest. Hastings and Lexington battled from the beginning until the end, with the Tigers able to inch away on the scoreboard as a result of a stellar night at the charity stripe. Hastings was able to notch the 72-58 victory over host Lexington.

In the opening quarter of play, Lexington was able to do their best to keep pace on the scoreboard with the highly ranked Tigers. At the end of the initial eight minutes, Hastings had a one-point lead, 15-14 when the smoke cleared on the first quarter of play.

The momentum continued to swing back and forth during the second stanza, as Hastings was able to work their offensive system and Lexington was able to use their overall team speed to their advantage by fast breaking past the Tigers. Lexington hoped to cut the deficit to just one possession entering the break, but a turnover and a three-pointer at the buzzer from Haggan Hilgendorf moved the Hastings halftime lead to 35-28.

Coming out of the break, Minutemen were able to sway the momentum in their favor and use the energy provided by a large Lexington crowd that had assembled. The Orange and Black-clad Minutemen were able to dent the deficit to the tune of 45-42 with just one quarter remaining in regulation.

During the fourth quarter, the Minutemen remained close for much of the period, but it was the Tigers that were able to flex the net from the charity stripe in the final minutes to pull away and earn the 72-58 victory.

Lexington was able to combine to shoot 44 percent from the field while sinking eight-of-fourteen free throws, good enough for 57 percent. Hastings was ‘money in the bank’ going 24 of 32 from the charity stripe. Dylan Richman was a catalyst for the Minutemen with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Lexington’s Nick Saiz and Eli Young were able to contribute greatly with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

SCORE BY QUARTERS Hastings ......................................15 20 10 27- 72 Lexington......................................14 14 14 16- 58 Lexington: Dylan Richman 24, Nick Saiz 15, Eli Young 11, Dau Mach 6, Kaleb Carpenter 2.

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