Baylee Groos goes up for two against Chester’s Rachel Rieff. Groos finished the night with three points and eight rebounds/ Tori Nelsen sets up for three against Chester. Nelsen hit three 3-pointers on the night
It has been a rough season for the Colman-Egan girls’ basketball team to this point. They dropped two more games last week to drop their record to 3-12 on the season. But if you have been watching the last few performances from the girls, you would understand there is reason to be hopeful. Before last week, they had won two of their last four and were a few big shots away from winning their games last week against Chester and Arlington. The team seems to be coming together and playing their best basketball with the playoffs on the horizon.
Colman-Egan 39 – Chester 46
The Hawks came out of the gates ready to go Monday night in their home contest with Chester. The girls were playing with a lot of tempo and were finding some open looks.
The two teams played to an even 10-10 tie after one quarter of play. The second quarter however, may have been the reason the Hawks couldn’t pull one out. Chester went on a big run early in the quarter and rode that momentum for the rest of the half. Chester outscored Colman-Egan 13-5 in the quarter to take an eight point lead, 23-15, into the halftime break.
They were not ready to back down just yet. Burgin Groos came out of the break firing, hitting the team’s first shot of the half to bring the Hawks within six.
After a couple of Flyer buckets, the Hawks turned on their outside game. Tori Nelsen popped a three from the wing and then the next trip down the court; Paityn Groos hit one from almost the same spot, bringing the hawks within four at 23-27.
Groos wasn’t done there. Mandy Entringer stripped Erin Benson of the ball, dished it to Groos up the court who lined up for another three. She missed the shot but was fouled. She went on to make all three free throws and to bring the Flyer lead to just one at 26-27.
Benson responded for Chester by hitting a three of her own and got the Flyer lead back to six but Burgin Groos was able to hit a shot at the third quarter buzzer to bring the lead to just four heading into the final eight minutes.
Chester started the fourth quarter on a 4-0 run that put their lead back up to eight. Nelsen responded again with a three to bring the score within five and Paityn Groos hit a three a few possessions later to bring the Hawks back to within two points at 36-38. Unfortunately, that was as close as they would come to the lead.
Paityn Groos led the Hawks with 16 points, while also coming down with seven rebounds. Nelsen picked up 11 points and two assists for C-E, while Baylee Groos put in three points to go with her team-high eight rebounds.
Star point guard, Erin Benson, put up 18 points on 7-17 shooting for Chester.
Chester 10 13 9 14 46
C-E 10 5 13 11 39
C-E 52 – Arlington 56
Like has been the case for many of the Hawks games this season, one bad quarter stood in the way of a victory Friday night in Arlington. The Hawks put up just four point in the second quarter, falling to the host team by that same number.
The two teams played to a 15-15 tie after one period. The Hawks were shooting nearly lights out for the first eight minutes but when the clock turned over to the second quarter, the Hawks lost their groove.
Arlington was able to take advantage of the Hawks weak second quarter by putting in 13 points of their own and garnering a nine points lead at 28-19 after two quarters of play.
The Hawks used the halftime breather to gather their thoughts and get back to their game plan. Whatever head coach Kristi Smith said to them must have worked because the Hawks came out ready to go.
C-E was able to take the Arlington lead down to just eight after the third quarter and shortened the lead again after the fourth; they just ran out of time. The Hawks outscored Arlington 33-28 in the second half, but the four points they put up in the second quarter left them just four points shy of the mark.
Paityn Groos led the Hawks again, this time with 15 points and nine rebounds. Nelsen put up 12 points, while Hailey Harms put together a 10 points, five-steal, five-rebound performance.
The loss dropped the Hawks record to 3-12 on the season while the win upped the Cardinals total to 4-10 on the year.
Colman-Egan looked to get back on track last night when they took on Moody County rival, Flandreau, as well as their final home game of the season on Saturday when they will take on Dell Rapids St. Mary.
C-E 15 4 16 18 52
Arlington 15 13 14 14 56