As for drama in the Div. III girls’ sectional basketball opener between Hiland and Conotton Valley, there was none.
As for the script, it went pretty much according to the way everyone thought it would.
A very young Rockets team was expected to struggle with Div. IV’s top ranked team, and it did, as the Lady Hawks took flight early and rolled to a 94-12 victory that kicked off a tournament run that they hope will end several weeks from now in Columbus.
Despite not having one of its top guns, host Hiland had little problem disposing of the young Rockets. Sans Morgan McMillen, who suffered a sprained ankle in practice prior to the game, Hiland bolted to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter before a 3-pointer from Conotton Valley’s Sydney Lyon got the Rockets on the scoreboard.
During that run, Angela Troyer went off, the high-scoring senior pouring in 11 of her game-high 21 points. Meanwhile, Jessica Troyer was busy laying down her stifling brand of defense, where she collected a whopping five steals during that initial run.
By the time Kennedy Schlabach dropped in a 3-pointer and Angela Troyer knocked down a pair of free throws, Hiland had built a 27-3 lead after one quarter.
That lead quickly grew to 40-5 on the strength of Tiffany Weaver on the inside. Weaver used her height to pop in eight quick points in the second quarter to push the lead to 35.
Then at the end of the quarter, freshman Kimberly Miller went to work from downtown. Miller hit four three-balls over the final three minutes of play to push the Hiland lead to 60-8 at the intermission.
Mid way through the third period, Jessica Troyer became the fifth Hiland player to find her way to double figures in the scoring column, joining Schlabach, Miller, Weaver, Angela Troyer, and Hiland’s lead grew to 74-11. When Melissa Hostetler scored inside, Angela Troyer scored off a steal and Schlabach rained down another three, Hiland was in command 81-11 heading to the fourth.
There, the Hiland bench players came in, and the biggest highlight was Kendra Shetler scoring the first four points of her varsity career.
All kinds of Lady Hawks had prolific games. Angela Troyer led all scorers with 21 points, adding a game-high six rebounds and five steals. Weaver added 16 points, four boards and three assists, tacking on a pair of blocks, while Miller came off the bench for 15 points on five 3-ponters. Sara Keim and Schlabach both scored 11 points, while Schlabach recorded eight steals and nine assists. Jessica Troyer nearly pulled off a triple-double, with 10 points, nine assists and nine steals. Hostetler added four points and Shetler scored four with a team-high six rebounds.
Sydney Lyon knocked down a pair of triples for her six points, while Gabby Rice added three for the Rockets.