Section 3A girls basketball: H-BC sets up another showdown with Southwest
BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- Sidney Fick has never seen her school play a girls basketball game at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. But on Friday, Fick and the Hills-Beaver Creek girls basketball team will be more than...
BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- Sidney Fick has never seen her school play a girls basketball game at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
But on Friday, Fick and the Hills-Beaver Creek girls basketball team will be more than just spectators, they will be playing for a sub-section championship.
The second-seeded Patriots defeated the sixth-seeded Adrian Dragons 55-36 Tuesday night to advance to Friday night’s sub-section final at the R/A Facility on SMSU’s campus. It’s the first time since 2004 H-BC has advanced to that game.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” Fick said shortly after scoring a game-high 28 points. “I’ve never even gone to watch a girls game there for our school. It’s pretty awesome to be in it.”
H-BC will face top-seeded Southwest Christian at 6 p.m. on Friday.
“We’re definitely going to be nervous, but that’s an alright thing,” Fick said. “I think it’s more excited than nervous.”
The Eagles got the better of the Patriots twice this season, but needed overtime in their most recent matchup.
“We have to match their intensity, that’s No. 1. We have to take good shots, keep the floor spread and keep them out of transition,” H-BC head coach Kale Wiertzema said. “It should be a fun one, we’re looking forward to it.”
Early on in Tuesday’s game, the two teams battled close as Adrian led 4-3 and was within one (11-10) midway through the first half.
“It went back and forth there at the start, but we just didn’t have the legs under us coming in from last night with a late night traveling home and turn around and come right back here tonight,” AHS head coach Patrice Peters said. “It was a good season for the girls, they battled all the way back and they high hopes and high expectations and set the bar high for themselves. They did well, I’m proud of the girls.”
Using the inside game of Whitney Elbers (10 points) and Kourtney Rozeboom (seven points), H-BC started to pull away and led 29-14 at the break.
“Watching tape of games that we’ve played them in the past, I saw that we had a lot of success when we had Whitney Elbers and Kourtney Rozeboom in at the same time,” Wiertzema said. “It’s a tough matchup for a lot of teams.”
Out of halftime, the Patriots went on a 10-2 run and slowly put the game out of reach, leading by as much as 23 late.
“I think we played really good,” Fick said. “We definitely moved the ball better than our last game. We got it into our posts where we needed it.”
Bailey Lonneman scored 10 points to lead Adrian, while Paige Bullerman scored eight.
Adrian 14 36Hills-Beaver Creek 29 55