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Slow start sinks Lady Hawks

Posted: Monday, Dec 31st, 2012

Colman-Egan was unable to find the bottom of the net much in the first half of their game versus Baltic last Thursday night, causing them to trail big early and could never recover – losing, 74-43, on the Bulldog’s home court.

The Lady Hawks were only able to put up four points in the opening quarter of their contest with Baltic. The Bulldogs poured salt in the wounds by scoring 27 points in the first eight minutes, giving them a huge 23-point lead.

The second quarter did not get much better for the Lady Hawks. They just could not find an answer to how they could stop 6-2 center, Allie Walter who poured in 21 points on 9-12 shooting. The Bulldogs as a team continued their hot shooting by scoring 23 points compared to the Hawks 11. The Bulldogs took a 50-15 lead into the halftime break thanks in large part the 20-34 shooting performance in the first two quarters.

The Hawks looked to improve on their 7-32 shooting performance in the first half and were able to do so thanks to the hot hands of Tori Nelsen and Paityn Groos. The Hawks started bearing down defensively and hitting big shots. The Bulldogs still won the quarter but the Hawks put up a huge fight.

The fourth quarter was all Colman-Egan. The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 15-9 in the quarter and dominated the offensive glass. Unfortunately for the Hawks, it was too late.

The Hawks nearly doubled their scoring output from the first half by putting up 28 points in the final two quarters. That was the second game in a row that the Hawks have dominated the fourth quarter, which is sign of good to come for the girls.

Nelsen finished the game with 17 points and six rebounds. Groos totaled 11 points, four assists and eight boards for the Lady Hawks. Four Bulldogs

The loss drops the Hawks record to 1-6 on the season, a record on which they will look to improve on when they take on Deubrook tomorrow night at home.

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