Senath-Hornersville hands Holcomb girls first loss of inaugural campaign
STEELE, Mo. - The Holcomb Hornets remained within striking distance for one half but came up short in its bid to collect its first varsity girls basketball victory in school history Nov. 28
The No. 2 seeded Senath-Hornersville Lions pounded the ball in the post frequently after halftime as it outscored No. 3 seeded Holcomb 25-7 in the third quarter to build a comfortable 55-30 lead by the start of the fourth period.
The Lions held on to beat the Hornets 72-36 in a semifinal of the first annual Pattye Woody Classic.
“We weren’t talking on defense or hitting the post in the first half,” Senath-Hornersville coach Ashley Taylor said. “When you have post players like Madi Shrum and Samantha Salas you have to give them the ball. I told them to make it a priority to hit them and it paid off.”
Holcomb, which started all underclassmen in its inaugural varsity girls basketball game, never led but never trailed by more than nine points in the first half.
“They played hard,” Holcomb coach Marty Young said. “They were very nervous and just couldn’t sustain offensive continuity and had a few breakdowns on defense. But the heart was there and I’m really excited about this team.”
Both of the Lions’ post players finished in double digits. Senath-Hornersville center Madi Shrum tallied 13 points. Lions forward Samantha Salas added 10 points.
“The second half we started communicating and jumping to the ball,” Taylor said. “We just put ourselves in the right places in the second half.”
Holcomb also displayed the ability to put the ball in the basket.
Holcomb freshman point guard Macy Houart scored a team-high 12 points.
Four other Holcomb players recorded at least one field goal.
“We are athletic enough and move the ball well enough that we will win some games,” Young said. “The whole idea is to be good at the end of the year and tonight was a good start.”
Holcomb sophomore McKenzie Jordan recorded the first field goal in school history for the varsity girls basketball team on a transition lay-up in the first quarter.
“She played on the boys team last year as a freshman so she’s used to the aggressive nature of basketball,” Young said. “She’s probably ready to handle the physicality of playing with juniors and seniors in high school.”
No. 1 seeded Ridgefield Christian Academy beat No. 4 seeded South Pemiscot 64-28 in the other semifinal.
No. 2 Senath-Hornersville 72, No. 3 Holcomb 36
HHS 6 17 7 6 - 36
SHS 8 22 25 17 - 72
HOLCOMB (36) - Macy Houart 12, McKenzie Jordan 6, Bailey Cupples 8, Hannah Burk 8, Sarah Williams 2. FG 16, FT 3/7, F 5. (3-pointers: Cupples 1; Fouled out: None).
SENATH-HORNERSVILLE (72) - Emmeline Rodriguez 2, Camille Edmonston 2, Nikki Fuentes 2, Stephanie Marroquin 2, Anahi DeLacruz 2, Kassandra Garza 5, Hannah Johnson 1, Samantha Salas 10, Madi Shrum 13, Aubry Jones 4, Becca Tom 17, Jazlynne Hernandez 12. FG 33, FT 3/5, F 11. (3-pointers: Tom 3; Fouled out: None).