Lady Hawks trounce Troy
January 7, 2021
Are you ready? Really ready to finally play some basketball?
The Thompson Falls Lady Hawks were more than ready to play Saturday, opening the COVID-19 delayed season of 2020-2021 with a feel-good 67-10 road win over Troy.
Letting loose after practicing, practicing and practicing some more through a game-free December, the Lady Hawks get really busy all of a sudden this week, playing two important District 7B conference games, hosting Mission Friday and Eureka Saturday.
The Lady Hawk C team will host the Hot Springs JV in another contest Tuesday.
Falls coach Chadd Laws is concentrating on Mission and Eureka. Mission edged Class A Ronan 52-51 and Eureka played well but lost 49-37 to top-ranked Loyola in Missoula last weekend.
"Mission got our attention with that win, they have some players," Laws said, "and we have a lot of respect for what Eureka is doing. We expect two very good games this week – it gets real right away in Western B basketball and we want to be ready."
The Lady Hawks certainly were ready for the overmatched Lady Trojans Saturday, flying out to an 18-1 lead after one quarter and never breaking stride in running to the easy win. All 10 Lady Hawks saw substantial court time.
Ellie Baxter led the way with 21 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals, while Jody Detlaff and Megan Baxter added 10 points and seven rebounds each. Detlaff also grabbed eight steals and Megan three.
DanniJo VanHuss scored seven points and secured four rebounds and three steals, Caity Alexander had six points, Faith Frields five, Elli Pardee four, and Riley Wilson and Cheyla Irvine two apiece. Wilson also had a team-high nine steals and five assists, and Pardee another five steals.
Izzy Tunison, Emma Johnson and Jayden Leighty scored three points each for Troy.
Laws, his assistant coaches Michael Benson and Sandra Kazmierczak, and the Lady Hawks are looking forward to the season, hopefully without any more COVID-19 cancellations.
"We are taking nothing for granted, we know things could change very quickly," he said. "The games this week will be really good ones to get in. We will play hard and keep playing straight through the season, wherever that takes us."