Hunter sees season end against Grandview

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, February 1, 2022

BY BRANDON HYDE
STAR CORRESPONDENT
It was the final seconds of the fourth period in the matchup between Hunter and Grandview as Lady Tiger Ari Sutherland put up a desperation half court shot that fell short.  It was a short summary of the entire game for Hunter with Grandview walking away with an easy win and eliminating Hunter from the girls sectionals Monday night.
The first half saw only a single basket by Keyona Hague as the Lady Tigers struggled with every facet of the game.  Ball handling problems, slow ball movement, off-target shots and turnovers plagued Hunter throughout the first period as Grandview took an early 17-2 lead.
The second period wasn’t any kinder to the Lady Tigers with no scoring and turnovers galore.  Grandview took a commanding lead of 35- 2 going into halftime.
A snapshot of the Lady Tiger’s woes included another shot by Sutherland almost going in, but instead bouncing off the rim.  It was now 47-2 with 2:51 to go in the third period.
Another snapshot of the tough loss saw Faith Mann put up a shot, get her own rebound, but immediately get the ball ripped away by the opposing team.  This was a common picture of the entire game; missed shots and turnovers as they could not get anything going from the perimeter or inside.
One bright spot was the hustle of Brooklyn Campbell who was trying her best to make something of a bad situation.  She had a few steal attempts as a result of this hustle, which saw a couple of successful attempts find their way into the Lady Tigers hands.
It was all for naught as the Hunter squad simply couldn’t capitalize on anything that came their way.  Grandview was simply the quicker team with better ball movement and on target shooting. Even the foul line wasn’t kind to the Tigers as their only appearance at the line also fell short.
There were a couple of bright spots in the second half for Hunter as Mollie Buckles put up a shot after snagging her own rebound, giving the Lady Tigers a little something to smile about as they added another two points.
The other bright spot saw Mann put up a short jumper after a rebound got kicked back to her, making the score 51-6 with 1:30 to go in the game.
This would end up to be the final score as the last minute was merciful to the Lady Tigers in a tough loss to Grandview in the sectional tournament.
Grandview, 51-6
Grandview (51)
Kayleigh Doner 10, Kira Fagans 6, Andrea Flores 9, Laney Britton 10, Lily Mango 2, Molly Davis 2, Aaliya Story 10
Hunter (6)
Mollie Buckles 2, Faith Mann 2, Keyona Hague 2.
Grandview……17  18  14  2 – 51
Hunter………..  2    0    2  2  –  6

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