Cyclones soundly defeat Rams on Senior Night

After falling Friday night on the road to the Lewis Central Titans by eight points, the HCHS girls basketball team came storming out of the gate Monday night at home against the Glenwood Rams starting the game on a 16-0 run en route to a 62-38 home win.

“I think we left there and there was a lot of disappointed people between players and coaches,” said Cyclone Head Coach Zach Klaassen. “I think they responded from that game, they came out and the energy level was so much different than what it was Friday night. The ball moved so much better, and our hands were more active.”

Before the game started, Seniors Ava Monson, Hannah Sonderman, Erica Rust, and Kara Kenkel were honored for their contributions to the program.

“Basketball has been my life since we were little,” Rust said. “We started playing in third grade at basketball camps and every weekend we were at a different basketball tournament. We just want to take this season as far as we can.”

Junior Aubrey Schwieso scored the first points of the night on free throws, followed by a mid-range shot from Sonderman, a shot at the basket from Rust going on an 11-0 run before Rams head coach Brian Rasmussen called a timeout.

When play resumed, Junior Molly Swensen scored, followed by a 3-pointer from Monson, finishing up their 16-0 run before the Rams got their first basket on a free throw from Freshman Maggie McChesney.

Going into the second quarter, the Cyclone offense continued to power through the Rams defense starting with the first basket from Rust. McChesney responded with a 3-pointer, but following her shot, the Cyclones scored the next five baskets capping it off with a shot up at the net from Freshman Kenzley Bruck. Senior Ram Lauren Hughes put a temporary stop to their run with a mid-range shot.

“I thought she did a great job,” Klaassen said of Bruck. “The one thing that she did really well tonight whether it was rebounding or catching passes and getting shots up, I thought she did a great job of keeping the ball high. Once you bring that ball down, your height really doesn’t matter, but if you keep it high it makes a big difference.”

On the next possession Monson drove to the hoop, scoring a basket while getting fouled where she went to the line to complete the 3-point play. Bruck added one more bucket before the half, giving the Cyclones a 33-6 lead going into the locker room.

“We can’t let them come out with more energy than we can come out with,” Klaassen added. “We have to match it or be above and I thought we did a good job of that in the third quarter.”

Sonderman opened the third quarter with the first shot, but Hughes responded with a 3-pointer, followed by another 3-pointer from Sophomore Ram Maggie Smith as the Rams were slowly attempting to chip away at the Cyclone lead.

But Schwieso added another bucket, followed by Rust who was fouled on a made shot, where she went to the line and added the extra point, giving her team a 43-15 lead. Buckets were exchanged after that as the Cyclones took a 27-point lead into the final quarter.

Sonderman put the Cyclones up by 30 when she opened the fourth quarter with a shot from 3-point range forcing a timeout from Rasmussen. When play resumed, Sonderman added another 3-pointer, followed by a 3-point shot from Swensen, and then another shot from Bruck up at the basket. The Rams added a few more shots, but the Cyclones easily cruised to victory winning their 16th game of the season.

The Cyclones will return to action Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at home against the 8-12 Atlantic Trojans, who have won their previous two games. The Trojans are led by Paytn Harder, averaging 16.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, along with Zoey Kirchhoff, averaging 2.6 assists.

“We need to box her out,” Rust said of Harder. “She’s a very good rebounder, but we’ve just got to find her on those shots, box her out, and get the rebound.”



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