By Lisa Hughes
The Hay Springs Lady Hawks knew Thursday’s opening game at the state tournament would be a tough one against #1 seed Lindsay Holy Family and they were right.
The Lady Hawks fell behind very early in the game in large part because of the Lady Bulldogs stifling full court pressure. Lindsay Holy Family led 23-6 at the end of the first quarter and matched that 23 points in the second quarter to lead 46-11 at the half.
The Bulldogs went on to outscore the Lady Hawks 21-14 in the second half en route to a 67-25 victory. The Hawks, who were making their fifth straight appearance in the state tournament shot a dismal twenty-seven percent from the field hitting just 10 of 37 shots for the game.
First year head coach Jason Badje lauded his team’s effort, especially late in the season. “It was sure fun to be a part of because the middle of the season was not fun,” said Badje. “I’m so proud of our girls for stepping up late in the season.”
The Hawks were led by Kelsey Kudrna with 6 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulldogs were led by 6’3” sophomore forward Kaylee Jensen who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Andrea Weeder added 18. The Lady Hawks finish the season 10-14.
HS 6 5 4 10 ---25
LHF 23 23 9 12 --67
Box Score: Kelsey Kudrna 6, Kerisa Marx 5, Elizabeth Roberts 5, Steph Tlustos 4, Michaela Metcalf 3, Kate Roberts 1.