|HHS runs the show at Fleming|
|Written by April Peregoy|
Rebounding in a big way from their first loss of the season on Thursday night against Caliche, the varsity Dragon basketball team completely shut out Fleming in the first half and went on to win the game, 54-18, at the opponent’s court on Saturday, Feb. 14.
“I liked the way we bounced back on Saturday,” said coach John Baumgartner, who admitted he was a little worried about the effect the recent loss might have on his players.
It turned out he shouldn’t have worried. HHS was in top form on Saturday. “I liked their attitudes at Fleming. They forgot about Thursday and played well—put forth a great effort.”
He added, “Fleming’s a young team and we took advantage of that early on in the game. It was fun for us because we got to play a lot of kids and run different combinations. They’re really an unselfish group; they work well together as a team.”
The coach’s favorite moment of the game happened when Ryan Baumgartner made a break-away run and bounced the ball of the backboard, and right behind him was Carper, waiting to grab the rebound for a slam dunk!
Holyoke’s first basket of the game came from behind the arc and was thrown up by Baumgartner. That set the tone for the rest of the first half. HHS continued to score on the Wildcats while, at the same time, completely shutting them out on the other side of the court.
After scoring 17 points in the first quarter and 12 in the second, Holyoke led at halftime, 29-0.
The Wildcats put their first points on the board during the third quarter. Three baskets came from three-point territory, while three more came from the free-throw line. But the Dragons put up 14 more points of their own to keep control of the lead by 31 points.
Fourth-quarter action saw Fleming adding only six more points for a final score of 18, as HHS put up 11 more to push theirs to 54.
Nearly every Dragon who played in Fleming made at least one basket that night. This meant no one player had a significant lead in the stats. Kyle Carper still managed to come out on top in points and rebounds, however, with 12 and eight, respectively. Not far behind him in rebounding was Colby Wailes with seven.
Other Dragons earning credit from their coach were Preston King and Brian DeBoer, who each scored seven points, including one three-point basket each. Leading in steals was Austin Tharp with six, while Ryan Baumgartner had four assists and five steals.
Team stats show Holyoke shooting a field goal percentage of 47 for the game, compared to Fleming’s 18 percent. HHS also led in rebounding, 34-16, and steals, 23-8.
Holyoke 54, Fleming 18
2 3 FT F TP
Tharp 3 0 0-0 1 6
Baumgartner 1 1 0-0 0 5
Carper 6 0 0-0 0 12
Wailes 1 0 1-2 2 3
Swanson 1 0 0-0 1 2
Brown 2 0 0-0 0 4
Krueger 1 0 2-2 2 4
King 1 1 2-2 0 7
DeBoer 2 1 0-0 2 7
Reid Baum. 1 0 0-0 0 2
Greenman 1 0 0-0 1 2
TEAM 20 3 5-6 9 54
TEAM 2 3 5-9 8 18
Scoring By Quarters
Holyoke 17 12 14 11 --54
Fleming 0 0 12 6 --18
The Dragons played their last game of the regular season in Wiggins on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Results of that game will be in next week’s Enterprise.
Holyoke then gets a week off as the team prepares for the district tournament. The first game will take place on the HHS home court Tuesday, Feb. 24.