Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Girls Make Statement with 57-39 Victory over Holton

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hayden Girls Make Statement with 57-39 Victory over Holton

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The Hayden girls made an early-season statement against Holton in a matchup of teams ranked in the top three of their respective Class 4A divisions.

Holton, which traditionally thrives off mistakes forced by its defense, turned the ball over 25 times in a 57-39 Hayden home win Monday.

"We're both very aggressive on defense," said Hayden coach Jesica Farmer-Walter. "Tonight it was just a matter of taking care of the ball when we were on offense, and we did that for the most part. The girls did a lot of good things."

Although Hayden had some offensive struggles of its own early, it had little effect thanks to an offensive rebounding effort led by Jordan Lenherr. The 5-foot-9 junior helped the Wildcats get boards on eight of their missed shots in the first quarter, and Hayden led 12-2 six minutes into the game.

Lenherr scored six of her eight points in the opening quarter, while Bree Schmidt led all scorers with 18 and Kirah Lohse added 11.

"Lenherr did a great job on the boards, Bree is so aggressive and Kirah does such a great job leading the presses," Farmer-Walter said. "They all did a great job tonight. I'm proud of them all for different reasons."

Hayden (No. 2 in Class 4A Division I) took control against Holton (No. 3 in Class 4A Division II) with a second-quarter run that was stopped only by a buzzer-beater from Sarah Sweet before halftime.

Hayden led by 14 at the half and by 15 after the third quarter before taking its largest lead at 54-29 in the fourth.

Holton finished on a 10-3 run to cut into the deficit, but came up short for the second time in its first four games.

Hayden improved to 2-0 and opens Centennial League play Friday against Seaman.

"Holton's a great team," Farmer-Walter said. "Anytime you can get a win against them, it's a great confidence builder for our girls."

HAYDEN BOYS 68, HOLTON 44 -- Holton had no match for the inside presence of Marcus Meier, who scored 33 points on 14 of 19 shooting for Hayden.

Both teams came out running in the first quarter, resulting in 23 combined shots but just six makes. Hayden led just 8-4 after the first quarter before opening up the lead by going inside to Meier. …

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