Haslett turned a five-point lead at halftime into a commanding lead in the second half and went on to a 69-46 nonconference high school girls basketball win over Williamston on Tuesday.
“We’re frustrated that we didn’t come out as focused as we needed to be,” Haslett coach Bob Currier said. “We worry about coming out a little flat, and tonight, we did.”
“They got the shots they wanted in the first quarter, but we tried to adjust to that in the second half.”
In the first quarter, Williamston junior Jessica Lycos shot well from the perimeter,scoring 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Lycos’ strong effort helped the Hornets to a 19-15 lead going into the second quarter.
“We talk about looking for the open shot and putting it up there if you can,” Williamston coach Pete Cool said of his team’s perimeter shooting. “I don’t know if it was significantly better than usual tonight, but it’s something we always work for.”
Haslett used a strong full-court press to try to break up some of the Hornets’ long-range shots in the second quarter, and found some success getting the ball inside to sophomore Karson Tripp, who would end up with a game-high 19 points for the Vikings.
Haslett took the lead with just over five minutes to play, and held it for the remainder of the game.
“Karson hit the boards really hard tonight, and played very well for us,” Currier said.
Despite struggling against Williamston’s defense in the first half, the Vikings were able to spread their lead to as much as 13 points in the third quarter with strong ball movement.
Haslett led 48-38 going into the fourth quarter.
“Coach Cool is known to play some less-common defensive sets, and so they were able to cover the paint really well in the first quarter,” Currier said.
“We have some good outside shooters, but their shots just weren’t dropping until the third quarter.”
Cool said rebounding was the difference.
I don’t think we did anything particularly different tonight with the defense. Rebounding ended up being the thing that made the difference, and they really beat us on offensive and defensive rebounds.”
In the fourth quarter, Haslett outscored the Hornets by 11 points, including a 13-0 run through the final six minutes.
Lycos and Katelyn Demitroff each finished with 12 points for Williamston.
Makenna Ott and Sarah Trosko each added 16 points for Haslett.