As far as lauding coaches goes, there are basically two ways to go by the numbers to see what kind of success a coach has.
The first is by the number of championships they have achieved. The second is how many victories they have racked up.
Hiland skipper Dave Schlabach has certainly checked off the box in the former, having recorded five state titles, five runner-up titles and an OHSAA girls basketball record 15 state tournament appearances.
As for the latter, the 27-year head coach for the Lady Hawks wandered into some pretty prestigious territory on Thursday, Feb. 1 when the Lady Hawks rolled into Newcomerstown in a make-up game that the Trojans probably wished had never come around. Hiland used its typical smothering half-court defense to create a monstrous 44 turnovers and charged to a 90-9 win that provided Schlabach with his 600th career victory.
Schlabach entered that rarified air with a bang as the Lady Hawks sped out to a 35-3 lead through the first quarter. That lead grew to 53-5 at the half, and the second half was no closer as the Lady Hawks reserves took control, hammering out a 37-4 second half that included holding the Trojans scoreless in the fourth period.
Morgan McMillen paced Hiland with a 21-point night that included 8-of-11 shooting to go with four steals. Kennedy Schlabach drove home 18 points with five assists and five steals, and Zoe Miller added 11 points to round out the trio of players in double figures.
There were plenty of other players to find their way into the scoring column for Hiland. Kelsey Swihart had eight points and three steals, Madison Yoder tallied seven points, Tiffany Weaver scored six points with four rebounds, Sara Keim added six points and four assists, and Krista Troyer scored four points while collecting four steals. Morgan Yoder, Shelby Miller, Kyli Horn, Brynn Mullet and Kendra Shetler all scored two points apiece. Shetler, Mullet and Horn all snared three steals while Yoder recorded a pair of blocked shots.