Hosanna Christian had a treyific time when it had to, and its three-point field goals fueled a stunning, 50-18, Mountain Valley League girls basketball victory over North Lake Friday.
“Well,” Hosanna coach Tony Bush said before the game, “we’ll see how our sophomores can do.”
Sophomore Carly Bigby hit three of her game-high four three-point goals in the first half, including one that put the Lions on the scoreboard after they spotted North Lake a 5-0 lead in a battle of league leaders from a year ago.
Mary Matchett hit a three to give Hosanna the lead, Bigby hit another and the Lions took an 11-5 lead as the hosts rolled to their victory in their first game without Taylor Ronnander, who sat out with a knee injury.
“We told each other that we had to do what we normally do,” Matchett said. “We knew we had to come out with a fast tempo, have good transition and run. And we usually get the ball around the perimeter until we get a shot.”
Effective game plan
Hosanna was effective with that game plan and had more than an adequate number of open three-point attempts. The Lions finished the game with eight threes, half their field goal total.
“We didn’t have the experience inside (with Ronnander out),” Bush said. “We were trying to keep (the ball) out until we could figure where they were going to put their three best defenders. We had to hit some shots.”
The game plan worked well.
Neither team scored in the first three minutes of play, and Lesley Dark gave the Cowgirls the lead with a putback. Felicia Bias’ three gave North Lake its biggest lead of the game, 5-0.
Hosanna scored the next 11 points and consistently limited North Lake inside.
By halftime, Hosanna led, 25-13, and Bigby had 14 points. She finished with a game high 19, the only player to reach double figures. Matchett added eight points for the Lions, while Emma Thompson had seven, including a 5-for-7 effort at the free-throw line.
Abby Anderson had 10 rebounds for Hosanna.
Dark paced North Lake with six points.