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Lady Pates out hustle HLOF Coyotes

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Greg Hoogeveen

By Greg Hoogeveen
The Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball team played three tough games this week, winning one and losing two on the road, bringing their season record t0 3-6.
H-BC beat Heron Lake-Okebena/Fulda 68-19 at home Jan. 5  before dropping two games, 61-53 to Mountain Lake Jan. 7 and 55-36 to Westbrook-Walnut Grove Jan. 9.
The Patriots were scheduled to travel to West Lyon Tuesday, Jan. 10, then to Edgerton for a game with Southwest Christian on Thursday, Jan. 12.
H-BC 68, HLOF 19
The Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball team out-hustled Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Thursday, Jan. 5, in Hills, beating the Coyotes 68-19.
“It has been a pretty crazy week in southwest Minnesota when it comes to snow days, getting practices in, and games getting postponed,” head coach Dylan Gehrke said.
“Thankfully we were able to get back into the gym last night against HLOF. I thought our girls did a great job of coming out and competing.”
The Patriots’ defense was on fire, prompting 33 Coyotes’ turnovers, which led to some H-BC transition points in the game.
The Lady Pates grabbed 14 offensive and 31 defensive rebounds against the Coyotes who had a hard time sinking their shots.
The Patriots led after the first half 38-5 and continued the pressure in the second.
“We had girls flying around all night. That was exciting to see,” Gehrke said.
“I thought we did a good job of sharing the ball as well. We had 16 assists, which is a game high for us this year.”
HLOF did find some traction in the second half making 14 points, but it was not enough to turn the game.
Junior Lanae Elbers led the Patriots with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Layla Deelstra, a junior, posted 12 points, five steals and one blocked shot.
Ninth-grader Abbie Harris contributed 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Additional scoring came from eighth-grader Olivia Deelstra and ninth-grader Izzy Wysong with six points each and junior Brynn Rauk with five points.
Adding three points each were ninth-grader Claire Knobloch, senior Olivia Bork, junior Larissa Steinhoff and sophomore Bailey Spykerboer.
Mountain Lake 61,
Hills-Beaver Creek 53
The H-BC girls traveled to Mountain Lake, losing 61-53 Saturday, Jan. 7.
“Our girls battled, but it came down to free throws and that is what hurt us. They made their free throws, and we did not,” Gehrke said.
Mountain Lake made 67 percent of their free throws to H-BC’s 38 percent.
As a team the Patriots outrebounded the Wolverines 37-25 in the game but had trouble converting them to points.
“We had chances where we cut it to three points in the second half but couldn't get over the hump and take the lead,” Gehrke said.
Olivia Deelstra had a huge night for the Patriots, posting a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Deelstra also had five assists and one steal.
Elbers played a solid game, posting 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Layla Deelstra contributed 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 55, H-BC 36
The Patriots lost 55-36 to Westbrook-Walnut Grove on the road Monday, Jan. 9.
“We had a rough first half, shooting 4 of 24 from the field and giving up 12 turnovers. The girls couldn't get a shot to fall,” Gehrke said.
“Westbrook-Walnut Grove did a good job of mixing up defenses against us, and we didn't handle it the best.”
The Patriots found themselves down 31-10 going into the break.
“We played better offense and especially defense in the  second half, cutting the lead to 13, but we couldn't get it any closer than that,” Gehrke said.
“We need to work on putting two halves of basketball together.”
The Patriots posted 26 points in the second period, but it wasn’t enough to dig into the deficit.
Olivia Deelstra led the Patriots with 16 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Elbers posted seven points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Abbie Harris contributed five points, seven rebounds and one assist.

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