Hiland coach Dave Schlabach would have loved a competitive warm-up game as his Lady Hawks team from Hiland prepared to enter the gauntlet of two great challenges at Classic in the Country in Div. I Gilmour Academy and Div. III defending state champion Africentric.
However, that was not the case, as Hiland took on Inter-Valley Conference challenger East Canton and rushed its way to a lopsided 95-25 victory at the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center at Hiland High School Monday, January 9.
Hiland used its relentless speed to zoom to n early advantage in a game that was never really in doubt.
The Lady Hawks put on a clinic with a huge 26-3 first quarter roll to soar into the lead, then tacked on a 27-5 second quarter that left them leading 53-8 heading into the locker room.
The locker room may have been a more suitable place for east Canton to stay, because Hiland continued its blitz in the third quarter, posting a 25-8 advantage there to move the lead to by 62 at 78-16 through three quarters.
Hiland’s big three of Kennedy Schlabach, Morgan McMillen and Angela Troyer continued their onslaught on the record books, each posting strong numbers. Schlabach canned four 3-pointers en route to an 18-point night, and added eight assists and seven rebounds for a healthy stat line. McMillen piled up 19 points and eight boards, while Troyer scored 16 points on the strength of 9-of-10 free throws. She added seven rebounds and four steals.
Joining that threesome in the upper-teens was sophomore Tiffany Weaver, who continues to improve her offensive arsenal. Weaver scored 17 points and snagged eight caroms.
Sara Keim canned a pair of treys and tallied eight points, Melissa Hostetler added six points, Shelby Miller scored four, Kimberly Miller tacked on three and Jessica Troyer and Krista Troyer both added a pair for the winners. The Troyers, Angela, Jessica and Krista, all recorded three assists for the Lady Hawks.
Mary Reichard led East Canton with 10 points. Hiland held a commanding 53-21 advantage on the glass, and forced east Canton into 25 turnovers while committing just eight.