Swarming defense forces Mustangs into 31 turnovers in 79-43 regional final setback.
CHEROKEE - All the things that Newell-Fonda does to opponents, Hinton did to them.
Swarming pressure defense, creating turnovers and converting them into points, making the 3-point shot, and using a lopsided spurt to break the game open.
Top-ranked Hinton forced Newell-Fonda into 31 turnovers and held the Mustangs to just 28 points over the final three quarters as the Blackhawks handed the Mustangs a 79-43 setback in a Class 1A regional final game at Cherokee on Friday night.
Hinton, now 26-0, will play in the state tournament. Newell-Fonda finishes the year 20-5.
The game began with the Mustangs taking a 7-4 lead in the first quarter, but Hinton came back to take a 12-11 lead on a 3-pointer. The game was tied at 15-15 after the first period.
Then Hinton turned up its defense. Molly Turman made a 3-pointer to start the Blackhawks' run. Brooke Bollmeyer added a layup for a 23-18 lead.
The lead swelled to 28-18 when Turman sank another 3-pointer from the top of the key. Moments later, Turman hit another 3-pointer for a 33-20 advantage with 2:48 left in the first half.
Hinton scored six unanswered points to take a 39-20 halftime lead.
Newell-Fonda was able to trim Hinton's lead to 45-27 early in the third quarter, but the Blackhawks went on an 11-3 spurt over the final 5 minutes of the period to take a 56-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Ashley Bramstedt scored back-to-back layups to push the lead to 26.
The Blackhawks outscored Newell-Fonda 24-5 in that second period. The Mustangs made only 1 of 8 shots in that quarter.
Despite missing most of its free throws, Hinton was able to extend its lead to as many as 32 points at 70-38 with under 3 minutes to play.
Bollmeyer led Hinton with 19 points. Turman added 13 on four 3-pointers, while Jessica Vander Kooi had 12. Bramstedt and Randi Stusse each had eight points.
Erin Kies led the Mustangs with 16 points. Jenny Scharn added eight, and Ashley Bellinghausen and Sara Larsen five apiece.
Newell-Fonda made 13 of 41 field goals for 32 percent. Hinton was 32 of 66 for 48 percent.
Newell-Fonda outshot Hinton from the free-throw line. The Mustangs made 13 of 22 from behind the stripe to a dismal 3 of 15 for the Blackhawks.
Newell-Fonda will lose only two seniors from this year's team - Kies and Larsen.