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First Look: Lady Hawks 77, Lady Knights 19

Kennedy Schlabach and the Lady Hawks romp to victory in cross-county rival game

This has been a dream match-up over the past many years, with two of Ohio’s top coaches in Hiland’s Dave Schlabach, now in his 26th season, going up against West Holmes’ Lisa Ogi, currently in her 11th season. Both programs are considered two of the top girls high school programs in Ohio, regardless of division. Both have had the sweet smell of success that ended with a state title four times. Over the years these two teams have put together some great contests, some scintillating match-ups against All-Ohioans and usually they can be counted on to provide a real nail-biter. On Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center, the Lady Hawks took all the drama out of the action early and cruised to a 77-19 win, a very unusual finish in this rivalry.

From the Bench

West Holmes Coach Lisa Ogi says:

— “They are a very good team, and we are not as bad as we appear to be,” Ogi said after the game. “Every game is a lesson, and it was a difficult lesson tonight.”

— “This was  couple steps forward, and one step back,” Ogi said of the game. “There wasn’t one kid who played well for us tonight. Even when we had easy baskets, we missed. We didn’t shoot well from anywhere on the floor. Part of that was their pressure, part of it was we were playing a little bit too fast.”

— “We talked about trying to win some one-on-one battles. You have this girl to stop, you have this girl to stop. We talked about winning some of those. We didn’t win anything.”

— “We had trouble guarding parked cars.”

— We’re playing for the team on the front (of our jerseys.). For West Holmes. I told them, ‘when we watch the film, I want to to watch. Did you let your teammates down? Did you do everything that you possibly could, or did you let your teammates down.’ It’s kind of a gut-check.”

 

Hiland Coach Dave Schlabach says:

— “Our pressure was unbelievable, and the kids are buying into playing fast. We thought we played fast the past couple of years. We weren’t playing fast,. This is fast.”

— “I thought we shared the ball really well tonight Our skill level was fantastic. I told the kids I think we win these games in June and July by how hard we work. West Holmes is a good team. We just shared the basketball really well.”

— “They hurt us on the boards the first three minutes of the game, and we cleaned that up, and I thought that got us started.”

On his team’s unselfish play and ability to spread out the scoring

— “Since day one, we talked about how some days you are going to get 10 shots a game, some days you are going to get two. Our kids are fine with that. They just want to win.”

— “We are still trying to figure out how good we can get. We are very humble with where we are at. We have to continue to develop depth and keep adding pieces to the puzzle.”

 

Speaking Stats

— On the Glass: Hiland held a gaping 44-13 edge in rebounding, led by Angela Troyer and Tiffany Weaver’s eight and Morgan McMillen’s seven. Part of the reason Hiland held such a huge rebounding edge was because the lady Hawks didn’t miss much on offense, nailing 29-of-51 action shots compared to West Holmes’ 6-of-42.

— Here’s the Point: Kennedy Schlabach (23 points), McMillen (21), and Angela Troyer (13) all reached double figures for Hiland. Jessica Troyer added nine. Kaylor Perone was the lone Lady Knight to find some success, going 4-of-10 for nine points.

— A Helping Hand: Hiland had 17 assists, West Holmes didn’t manage any. Jessica Troyer doled out an impressive seven dimes on the night.

— Player of the Game: Hiland junior guard Kennedy Schlabach scored 23 points, added four rebounds, hit three 3-poointers and dished out five assists while grabbing three steals. That is a stat-stuffer line.

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