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WHS girls lead 30-0, coast past Pipestone Area

Leading 30-0 in the first half, the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team had things pretty well in hand Friday against Pipestone Area.

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WORTHINGTON -- It’s quite a rare thing for one high school varsity basketball team to outscore another team 30-0 at the start of a game. And that’s exactly what the Worthington Trojans did to the Pipestone Area Arrows Friday night.

Senior Olivia Hayenga, who finished with 38 points before she was pulled from the floor late in the second half, scored 24 of those first 30 on layups, 3-pointers, 2-pointers and free throws. It wasn’t until 6:28 remained in the first half before the Arrows got off the goose egg with a two-point field goal from Aubrea Kor.

Trojans Olivia Hayenga (20) bats down a pass from Pipestone Area Arrows Kyla Hubbling (12) during a Friday night game in Worthington.
Worthington Trojan Olivia Hayenga (20) bats down a pass from Pipestone Area's Kyla Hubbling (12) Friday night in Worthington.
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The win improved Worthington to 8-5 on the season while it dropped Pipestone Area to 5-9. And though the Trojan girls and their head coach Eric Lindner appreciated the ease in which they put distance on their rivals, they also thought it to be at least a little bit strange.

“They were like, stuck in the middle,” Hayenga described the Pipestone Area defense. “And I felt like everybody was open everywhere they were.”

She liked it, of course.

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“It’s fun having a game like that. We didn’t have a super second half, but that might have been expected, maybe. The first half I was hoping we could skunk ‘em,” Hayenga said.

Worthington Trojans Ellie Weg (34) takes a pass to the Basket past Pipestone Defenders Aubrea Kor (5), Marli Taubert (3) and Kyla Hubbling (12) for two points.
Worthington's Ellie Weg (34) takes a pass to the basket past Pipestone defenders Aubrea Kor (5), Marli Taubert (3) and Kyla Hubbling (12).
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Of course, that didn’t happen. I fact, once the Arrows discovered where the basket was, they went on a run of their own before halftime. Kor, a 5-8 junior guard, scored 10 straight points, including a pair of 3-point shots, and Worthington’s lead was cut to 30-10.

After trailing 35-14 at intermission, Pipestone Area made some inroads in the second half, too, becoming more aggressive on offense against a Worthington defense that had begun to get complacent. Kayla Hubbling drained two 3-point shots that put PA only 17 points down, at 43-26. Teammate Marli Taubert also hit two 3-pointers, and that made the score 45-32. With 5:20 to go, Pipestone was still within striking distance, down 51-37.

Hayenga finished with eight steals to add to her 38 points -- which is two more points than her previous single-game high. Ellie Weg and Dasia Potter scored eight points each. Weg was outstanding around the basket, with 18 rebounds. Tarren Spartz had eight rebounds and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor had eight assists.

Kor led Pipestone Area with 17 points. Hubbling had 10.

Pipestone Area head coach Ed Gustafson calls a timeout to go over a way to break through the Trojan defense during a Friday night game.
Pipestone Area head coach Ed Gustafson confers during a time-out to figure out a way to break through the Trojan defense Friday night.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

“Tempo. We started the way we wanted to. Executed. Got complacent,” was the way Lindner summed up the contest.

Through much of the first half, the Trojans guarded the Arrows on the full court. After they secured their huge lead, they relaxed somewhat.

“We got some nice passes, got some nice steals. Once we backed off the pressure, things changed. Once you do that, you lose your focus. You just fizzle,” he said.

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Hayenga was told by a reporter, tongue in cheek, that her coach could have been nice and let her score her 40th before she was taken out.

She smiled. “That was kind of my fault for missing that bunny at the end. That’s when I knew my chances were over,” she said.

She didn’t miss many others.

Pipestone Area 14 43

Worthington 35 63

PIPESTONE AREA (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Wiese 0-0-0-0, Taubert 2-1-1-9, A.Kor 3-3-2-17, Ka.Hubbling 2-2-0-10, Ky.Hubbling 1-1-0-5, J.Kor 0-0-0-0. Totals 8-7-5-43.

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Scheitel-Taylor 0-2-0-4, Beckmann 0-0-1-1, Hayenga 6-9-2-38, T.Spartz 0-2-0-4, Weg 0-3-2-8, Potter 2-1-0-8. Totals 8-17-5-63.

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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