The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs wasted very little time in grabbing their second
consecutive district championship. The 10th-ranked Lady Dawgs jumped out to a 15-4 lead Friday night and never looked back in a 69-39 victory over Kingsville in the Class 1, District 9 title game at Norborne.
Hardin-Central, now 24-4, will travel to Sedalia Tuesday night to meet Keytesville in the sectional. Tip-off time against the 16-12 Lady Tigers is 7:45 p.m. at the Fred Davis Multipurpose Center at State Fair Community College.
Brooke Derstler helped get things going for Hardin-Central as she scored 11 of her game-high 28 points in the opening 8 minutes of the game. The Lady Dawgs held Kingsville to four field goals in the first half as they raced to a 32-13 lead at the intermission.
“The girls played well,” Hardin-Central Coach Ken Layman said. “They did a good job
of staying focused, although it did get a little sloppy toward the end. Kingsville played well,. They are a pretty young team, but they are also very athletic.”
The Lady Bulldogs had so much success inside that they attempted just four 3-point
shots for the night.
Hardin-Central did not let up as the second half began as the Lady Dawgs held a
21-13 scoring advantage in the third period. Kingsville spent most of the fourth quarter
at the free throw line and hit half of its 18 attempts on the way to a 13-point frame.
In addition to her 28 points, Derstler dished out 5 assists. Megan Layman ended the night
with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals, while Reanna Newham finished with 14 points
– 10 of those coming after halftime.
Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Allison Oyler with 7 points, Brianne McGuire with
4, and Kayla Carrillo with 2. McGuire also grabbed 9 rebounds with a half dozen steals.
Alie Hawley led Kingsville in scoring with 15 points, while Kaylee Herring hit 11 of 18
free throws on the way to a 14-point night.
Kingsville made 33 trips to the free throw line, and connected on 16 of them, while
Hardin-Central converted 8 of 17 for the night.
PHOTO:The Lady Bulldogs dominated Kingsville as Megan Layman
(32) and Brooke Derstler (30) smother Kingsville’s Jill Ring with
pressure. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News.)