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C-E uses big fourth to conquer Cubs 

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

The Colman-Egan girls’ basketball team took to the court for two games last week, falling to a tough Castlewood team on Tuesday only to recover and beat a good Alcester-Hudson team on Saturday.

Col-Eg. 43 – Castlewood 61

The Hawks never really found their rhythm Tuesday night in Castlewood, falling behind early and were never able to recover.

Castlewood found the basket plenty in the first quarter, hitting shots from all over. The Warriors were able to take an early 18-10 lead after one quarter of play.

Castlewood’s offense slowed down a bit in the second quarter but Colman-Egan was not able to capitalize, struggling from the field for most of the quarter. The Warriors were able to take a 31-19 lead into the halftime break, shooting almost 50% from the field, including a 4-9 performance from three-point land.

The Hawks actually played pretty well in the first half, shooting 38% but only hitting one of their six attempts from beyond the arc.

They continued playing pretty consistent in the second half but unfortunately for the Hawks, Castlewood continued playing at a very high level.

The second half was played very close. The teams exchanged points for most of the half, with Castlewood able to make just a few more shots than the Hawks.

The Warriors added two points to their lead in the third to take a 45-31 lead with just eight minutes to play.

Castlewood continued to add to their lead in the fourth, outscoring the Hawks 16-12 in the quarter to bring the game to its final score of 61-43.

Tori Nelsen led the Hawks with 14 points on the night, while adding four rebounds and three steals. Paityn Groos finished the game in double figures with 11 points as well as adding two boards and two takeaways.

The loss dropped the Hawks record to 4-14 on the season, while improving the Warriors record to 9-5 and snapping their four game losing streak.

Colman-Egan 10 9 12 12 43

Castlewood 18 13 14 16 61

Col-Eg 52 – Alcester-Hudson 46

The Hawks traveled down to Alcester on Saturday to take on the 11-7 Cubs of Alcester-Hudson. The Hawks were able to comeback from a small deficit heading into the fourth quarter to beat the Cubs.

The game had all the makings of a nail-biter right from the get go. The Hawks and Cubs exchanged shots the entire first quarter but Alcester-Hudson was able to pull ahead late to take the 15-14 lead after one.

Colman-Egan used some hot shooting from beyond the arc in the second quarter, hitting three deep balls on their way to a 25-23 halftime lead. The Cubs used eight points from the free-throw line to stay in the game but the Hawks 18 points from behind the three-point line gave them the early advantage.

The Hawks started getting real cold from deep in the third quarter, and the Cubs took advantage by taking the lead back 34-33 with just eight minutes left to play.

Then the Hawks started getting aggressive and driving the lane hard, forcing fouls and getting to the line for easy points.

The Hawks dominated in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points, 11 of which came from the free-throw line. Nelsen was again a huge part of the Hawk victory, shooting 7-9 from the free-throw line on the night.

When the buzzer finally sounded, the Hawks had overcome the small third quarter deficit and beaten a team with a record above .500 for the first time all season.

Nelsen led the Hawks with 27 points, including a 4-5 performance from beyond the arc. Paityn Groos finished with another 11 points, this time picking up six boards. Burgin Groos added four points to her team high nine rebounds.

As the Hawks continue to play their best basketball late in the season, they took on Oldham-Ramona-Rutland last night, the Raiders are in first place in district four and are on a three game win streak. Results from the game will be in next week’s paper.

Colman-Egan 14 11 8 19 52

Alcester-Hud. 15 8 11 12 46

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