1/8/2013 1:31:00 PM Girls win tourney
and defeat K-M
By Tara Lindquist
Hayfield Girls Basketball won a tournament in St. Clair over the holiday break. In their first game, Hayfield Girls basketball team took on Maple River, and came out on top 61-30. "We got off to a fast start and cruised to a nice victory," coach Fred Kindschy said.
In the second game of the tournament they played the host school, St. Clair. "We again got off to a fast start and had a ten point lead in the half," he said. The second half the team continued strong defense and held them to just five points, the Vikings came out on time with a score of 63-24.
In the championship the girls faced a very athletic team from United South Central. The Vikings went into the half trailing by three. "We made a few defensive adjustments," Kindschy explained. The girls were able to cruise, to a ten point victory, 51-41.
On Friday, January 4, the Vikings traveled to Kasson-Mantorville. After a very hard fought first half the teams were tied at 28. During the second half the score was back and forth for most of the game, with Hayfield pulling ahead by seven with just five minutes left in the game.
"We were able to push the ball up the court at a key stage in the game, which allowed us to grab the lead and hold on," Kindschy said. After making just enough free throws to keep the lead, and hold on," Kindschy said. After making just enough free throws to keep the lead the Vikings held on to the ball and ended up with a five point victory, 64-59.
On Saturday the Vikings hosted the number one ranked team in the state, the NRHEG Panthers.
First half free throw woes haunted the team and proved to be their undoing. The team ended up down by 22 at halftime, in large part because they only made five of eighteen shots were from the free throw line in the first half.
"Our inability to covert from the free throw line left us in a deep hold against a very good team."
In the second half the team made a nice run at the Panthers and cut the lead to five with two minutes left on the clock, 49-44. The Vikings could not close the distance any farther and ended up fouling to get the ball back. NRHEG converted their free throws to hold on to the victory.