April 17, 2021

Newly ranked L-S girls open postseason with win over Tri-County

No. 14 Hawks advance to regional quarterfinals behind strong first half

SULLY — A fast start and dominant second quarter helped the newly ranked Lynnville-Sully girls’ basketball team to an easy win over Tri-County on Thursday night.

The Class 1A No. 14 Hawks led 16-6 after one, had a 12-0 second-quarter advantage and blasted Tri-County 52-21 during the opening round of the 1A Region 6 tournament. L-S won the second half 24-15.

“It is tournament time and the goal is to survive and move on,” L-S girls’ coach Jerry Hulsing said. “Tonight was a good example of that. We didn’t play our best game but did enough to survive. The second half was a better half of basketball.”

Reagan McFarland led the Hawks (17-3) with 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals, while Megan Van Zante tallied 13 points and four steals.

Krystal Van Dyke was a third Hawk in double figures as she put in 10 points and grabbed five boards.

Cally Gibbs had four points, three assists and five steals, Korinne Jansen chipped in four points and five rebounds, Meleisha Vos scored three points and Caitlin Alberts swiped three steals.

The Hawks hit 45 percent of their shots, collected 19 steals and scored 25 points off 28 Tri-County turnovers. L-S scored 13 bench points.

Macy Schmidt led Tri-County (2-20) with 10 points.

Lynnville-Sully plays North Mahaska (14-3) in the regional quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in New Sharon. The two teams played once this season and North Mahaska won that game 55-47 in Sully.