Things quickly got away from the Hamilton girls basketball team Jan. 22 against the top team in the Greater Metro Conference, Divine Savior Holy Angels. At the half, DSHA led by 15 and extended its lead to 44-23 with 15 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in regulation.
But then, the Chargers mounted a comeback most didn't see coming. Hamilton hit big shot after big shot to tie things at 51 with 2:43 left, but the Dashers ultimately prevailed, 55-51.
'To come back and tie it, I couldn't be more proud of those kids,' coach Bill Scasny said. 'They didn't give up and battled right until the end. At the end, we had three shots and the ball just wouldn't go in.'
With 6:22 left, Taylor Laboy drilled a three to cut DSHA's lead to 49-47. The Dashers sunk two free throws 2 minutes later, but Eliana Selin hit two of her own to again cut the deficit to just two points. Macy Williams' basket finally tied it at 51, but Divine Savior's Taylor Drost nailed a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining. The Chargers had several shots to tie but couldn't hit.
'You're disappointed in losing, but I'm not disappointed because the kids did not give up,' Scasny said. 'They battled and fought right until the end. They could have just shut it down, but they didn't. We outplayed them in the second half, they outplayed us in the first half. Their outplay was 4 points better.'
Taylor Klug had a game high 25 points, and Williams contributed 9.
JV wins one
The junior varsity squad defeated DSHA, 42-31, but lost to Central, 41-32. Against the Dashers, Hamilton trailed, 17-7, in the first half, but tied it at 17 at the half.
'We decided to change the defensive game plan at halftime,' coach Ben Filzen said. 'We started off the second half playing very well and went on a scoring run of 22-6. It was a really fun game to watch because the kids were firing on all cylinders: offense, defense and transition. I'm really proud of the way they played.'
Taylor Hibicke had a game-high 12 points and Isabel Downs added 8. Sophia Carel knocked down a three in the second half.
Hibicke led the way with 12 points in the loss to Central.
Frosh lose two
The freshmen were defeated by Central, 35-31, and lost to DSHA, 49-15. Against Central, Lynsey Power had 8 points. Against DSHA, Kenzie Kolesari had a team-high 6 points.