HOISINGTON — In their first game back from holiday break, Hoisington High School Lady Cardinals point guard Jordin Greer took care of half of the offense, scoring a career-high 30 points.
Hoisington pulled away from Ness City for a 59-46 victory on Friday night at Hoisington Activity Center.
“I thought we played well for our first game back,” Hoisington head coach Mandy Mason said. “We haven’t been in a game-like situation since Dec. 21, so we were needing to get a game under our belt. I thought the kids played well.
“We put a lot of pressure on them defensively. With them playing a zone, we kind of get in the habit of standing around on offense and defense, so we wanted to try to speed the game up.”
With the offense taken care of as Greer pumped in 11 of 13 free throws, Lady Cardinals guard Mykela Riedl took care of the defense.
“She’s so good with the ball that we try to spread the floor and let her get to the glass,” Mason said of Greer. “I know that late in the third quarter I got on her for settling for a 3-pointer with nobody on her. She’s just a heady player.
“Mykela really did a great job defensively for us. She did a great job running our defense. I don’t know how many steals she had, but it was a lot.”
A 10-2 run early in the second quarter put the Lady Cardinals (3-4) in the driver’s seat of the game.
Starting with a Presley Smith basket from the paint, Hoisington took a 18-15 lead.
What followed was a pair of steal-and-buckets. The first by Greer, and the second by Riedl.
Ness City’s Regan Stiawalt scored two points before Greer capped the run with a pair of driving layups.
“We didn’t do such a good job rebounding in the first quarter,” Mason said. “We allowed them too many opportunities to score, and I thought the second quarter we did a much better job controlling the boards.
“We played with more intensity tonight than we did before break. That was our goal.”
In the early goings, neither team could get the upper hand, though Hoisington led most of the way.
Hoisington meets Elliwnood on Tuesday night at 6:30 in the first round of the Hoisington Winter Jam.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Hoisington Activity Center
Hoisington 59, Ness City 46
Erin Flax 2 1-2 7, Regan Stiawalt 3 1-2 7, MecKenzie Staiwalt 0 0-0 0, Cailin Foos 1 1-2 3, Jessie Rubottom 1 4-6 6, Emily Hahn 0 0-0 0, Tristan McVicker 2 0-0 4, Makenna Fritts 8 3-3 19. Totals 17 10-15 46.
Mykela Riedl 3 1-5 7, Jordin Greer 9 11-13 30, Olivia Lowry 0 0-0 0, Rylie Koester 4 0-0 8, Abi Rhiza 5 0-0 10, Abbi Demel 0 0-0 0, Presley Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 12-18 59.
Ness City 13 13 5 13 — 46
Hoisington 14 20 12 13 — 59
Three-point goals — Hoisington 1 (Greer); Ness City 2 (Flax). Total fouls — Hoisington 17, Ness City 13. Fouled out — None.