COLO — Playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk girls have positioned themselves to earn a Class 1A state basketball berth.
The Hawks went on the road Friday after back-to-back home wins in Class 1A Region 3 action. They upended 13th-ranked Colo-NESCO, 60-35, in a regional semifinal.
Lynnville-Sully (18-6) will play for the Region 3 championship against No 8 AGWSR at 7 p.m. on Monday in Conrad. AGWSR (20-2) rolled past Clarksville, 55-28, in Friday’s other regional semifinal.
“The girls played very well tonight,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Jerry Hulsing. “They were focused all night and did a great job of rotating on defense and not allowing C-N get any good looks.”
The Hawks had a strong start against the Royals on Friday. They were up 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and owned a 31-17 halftime lead.
Lynnville-Sully didn’t give any ground to Colo-NESCO with a 16-8 run in the third quarter. The Hawks finished the game on a 13-10 fourth-quarter surge.
“I was very pleased how we ran our offense. The girls made good choices of when to attack and when to be patient and work the ball for a good shot,” Hulsing said. “We did a good job of rebounding the ball, especially being out-sized.”
The Hawks had a commanding 41-15 edge in rebounding over the Royals. They shot 51 percent, 24-of-47, from the field while the Royals went 12-of-39 for 30 percent. Lynnville-Sully was 6-of-9 at the free-throw line and C-N sank 8-of-14 foul shots.”
Junior Carson Fisk led the way for the Hawks with 22 points. Hitting three of the team’s six 3-pointers, senior Jataya Meyer finished with 15 points. Junior Shiloh Cunningham added with seven points and senior Mariah Vos had six points.
Freshman Krystal Van Dyke had five points while senior Camryn Russell had three points. Sophomore Mallory Loftus scored two points.
Fisk and Van Dyke each cleared nine rebounds. Vos had five steals and five rebounds. Cunningham made three steals.
The Royals (18-5) were paced by 6-foot-1 inch senior Molly Barten with 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Faith Vincent added seven points.
“I want to thank our crowd tonight. They were awesome, really cheered the girls on and gave them a little extra energy,” Hulsing said. “I hope to see them back on Monday and even more, plus louder.”
The Hawks have been 10-3 since the winter break and have won three straight coming off a disappointing loss to Belle Plaine to end the regular season. The Region 3 championship advances to the Iowa Class 1A state basketball tournament, Feb. 28-March 3, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.