Cyclones punch ticket to second round with dominant win

The HCHS girls basketball team came storming out of the gate Saturday night at home to begin their playoff journey against the OABCIG Falcons, opening the game on a 22-0 run, courtesy of Junior Molly Swensen scoring 17 points in the first quarter.

“The passes from my teammates, and them telling me to shoot gave me confidence,” Swensen said.

Swensen scored the first five points of the night with a 3-pointer and a shot at the basket, forcing an early timeout from Falcon head coach Larry Allen. Following his timeout, Swensen scored the next six points via two 3-pointers to give her team an 11-0 lead.

Senior Cyclone Erica Rust scored her first points of the night, followed by a free throw from Junior Aubrey Schwieso, forcing another timeout from Allen. Swensen capped off the first quarter with back-to-back 3’s giving the Cyclones a 22-0 lead.

“It just seemed like she was shooting with a lot of confidence,” said Cyclone Head Coach Zach Klaassen. “We know she can shoot the basketball. It seemed like she had a little more arch on it, and maybe the last few games it was a little flatter, so you could definitely see she was feeling good when it came out of her hands.”

The Falcons scored first in the second quarter 3-plus minutes in with a shot from 3-point range from Freshman Chloe Murphy, but following Murphy’s shot the Cyclones went on a 8-0 run with back-to-back baskets from Rust and Freshman Brinley Van Baale who sank two free throws, making it a 30-3 game.

Junior Falcon Olivia Schroeder was fouled not long after on a made shot, but couldn’t sink the extra point, but the Cyclones still had a massive lead, taking a 33-5 lead into the half.

“We needed to keep the energy up,” Swensen said, “make sure we set good screens and passes, and make sure we make the extra pass.”

Rust opened the scoring for the Cyclones in the third quarter with a shot where she was fouled, but couldn’t add the extra point. Following Rust’s shot, Senior Ava Monson got in on the action with a shot from 3-point range, followed by another 3-pointer from Senior Hannah Sonderman. The Falcons closed out the quarter on a 5-0 run with a 3-pointer from Karter Hemer and a mid-range basket from Murphy, taking a 49-10 lead into the final quarter.

The Cyclone offense continued to knock down shots in the fourth quarter getting contributions all up and down the lineup from Schwieso, Swensen, Monson, and Freshman Addison Wicks and Kenzley Bruck, cruising to a 67-19 victory, and stamping their ticket to the next round of tournament play where they will be taking on the Clarinda Cardinals Wednesday night.

“It’s really awesome,” Swensen said. “Working around the ball, it really works when it happens.”

The Cardinals beat the Red Oak Tigers 59-31 in the first round of tournament play, going 14-8 during the regular season. They are led by Maddie Cole, averaging 10.9 points, Bailey Nordyke, averaging 6.8 rebounds, and Jerzee Knight, averaging 2.9 assists per game.

“We need to play clean basketball,” Klaassen said. “Being disciplined on both ends, doing what we do well, trying to take a few things away with them, and see if we can capitalize on some of those things.”

 
 

 

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