Big second half lifts L-S girls past Ankeny Christian Academy

Feb. 7—SULLY — The Class 1A No. 11 Lynnville-Sully girls' basketball team welcomed back its leading scorer on Monday and a strong second half propelled the Hawks to a non-conference home win over Ankeny Christian Academy.

The Hawks and Eagles were tied at halftime, but a dominant final two quarters pushed the hosts to a 46-31 victory.

"We played a better second half," L-S head girls basketball coach Jerry Hulsing said. "We did a better job of communicating on defense. We rebounded the ball better."

Majesta Vos

Three L-S players reached double figures, including Majesta Vos, who returned from a five-game injury absence.

The Hawks also made 11-of-14 from the free-throw line and outscored the Eagles 25-10 in the second half.

It was Lynnville-Sully's fifth straight win and the Hawks have won 13 of their past 14 games.

Kate Harthoorn led the hosts with 13 points, three assists and three steals and Vos chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists in her return.

Aubree Arthur added 10 points and six boards, Tatum Huyser finished with four points, two rebounds and two assists and Alaina Roberts tallied four points and four rebounds.

Ava Brummel had four points and three rebounds and Morgan Jones grabbed two rebounds and swiped two steals.

Kate Harthoorn

The Hawks (18-3) shot 38.6 percent from the floor, made 1-of-6 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 14 times.

"Our offense was better as we used bounce passes to get the ball to open girls," Hulsing said. "We also did a better job attacking the basket and putting pressure on their defense."

Ankeny Christian was led by Morgan Fincham, who had six points, three rebounds and four assists. Katie Quick grabbed eight boards.

The Eagles (14-6) turned the ball over 19 times, made 2-of-9 from 3 and hit 1-of-2 from the foul line. They shot 33.3 percent from the floor.