Hiland Girls Basketball

Eight great Saints minutes and then a Lady Hawks whirlwind

Melissa Hostetler and the Lady Hawks turn on the jets after slow start at TCC

For eight minutes, the host Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints gave undefeated Hiland a massive shock, leading Hiland 13-11 after the first quarter.

But from the first inbounds pass of the second quarter, the Lady Hawks showed everyone why they are one of the top teams in the state by outscoring the Saints 67-10 over the final three frames to take home a 78-23 victory.

“It started off well,” TCC coach Mike Sweet said. “Alexis Gilland hit some shots and that got us going. But against this Hiland team, it is just a matter of time before they go off, and they went off.”

Did they ever.

Gilland scored 11 points in the opening period, but the one key to this game is a question of depth, as in Hiland has a ton of it and the Saints have none.

“I’m not sure what happened early on, but we played without Morgan (McMillan) and it didn’t take long for us to get out of rhythm,” said Hiland coach Dave Schlabach. “We haven’t done that this year where we have started out this poorly, and it was actually good for us to experience that adversity. We knew we would probably wear them down eventually. They have three really good players, but we wanted to push the tempo and tire them out.”

Hiland’s pressure began taking a toll early in the second quarter, and it started with a little 18-0 run. Kennedy Schlabach scored off a Jessica Troyer steal and Angela Troyer scored inside to give Hiland the lead at 15-13. Melissa Hostetler scored off a put-back, then Angela Troyer scored seven straight points to move the Hiland lead to 22-13. Tiffany Weaver’s jumper gave the Lady Hawks a 35-16 bulge at the half, but TCC was about to feel the full brunt of Hiland’s quickness, skill and depth.

Another 18-point run opened the second half, and the game was done. Sara Keim hit a trey, Schlabach socked home a short jumper, Angela Troyer scored again, then Schlabach hit a three-ball. Angela Troyer made another lay-up, Krista Troyer scored inside and Weaver scored from in the paint before Krista Troyer ended the run with a drive.

Hiland led 53-16, and the Saints were reeling.

Hiland put together one more impressive run of 17-0 between the third and fourth quarters, with Weaver, Isabelle Fowler and Hostetler all aiding Angela Troyer’s ongoing assault.

“The tide came in a hurry and when they began running their subs in and out and we didn’t have any, it just snowballed,” Sweet said. “We have actually played some pretty decent basketball, and while this was three-quarters of something we’d like to forget, I think you have to take into account who the opponent was.”

Angela Troyer went a sizzling 12-of-16 from the floor for 26 points, adding six rebounds and four steals. Schlabach ended the evening with 13 points including three treys, while doling out nine assists and collecting six steals. Weaver scored 10 points and hauled in six rebounds, while Jessica Troyer scored six points and dished out seven assists, Krista Troyer added eight points and Kimberly Miller and Hostetler each tacked on four points, with Hostetler adding five boards.

Gilland was outstanding in the loss, collecting 17 points and snaring seven boards, while Maggie Dominick added four points and Brooke Beamer scored a pair.

Schlabach said the play of Weaver continues to get better as the sophomore grows into her game. This was a chance for us to work on some new things, and I thought Tiff had a very good game,” Schlabach said. ‘She is really coming along right now, and developing on offense. She is getting herself some open looks, and she will start to finish more and more as the season progresses.”

Schlabach also noted the play of Krista Troyer, who is playing better than one might expect from a freshman.

Hiland improved to 10-0 on the year and remains firmly entrenched atop the IVC along with undefeated Garaway, while TCC fell to 6-5 on the year.

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