HENRYVILLE – Thanks to a hot start and Emily Hollis’ sizzling shooting from long range, the Henryville girls’ basketball team easily beat Silver Creek on Tuesday night.
The host Hornets led by 11 points after the first period and never let their lead dip below double digits as they cruised to a 64-35 victory over the Dragons. Hollis, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, scored a game-high 23 points – thanks in large part to five made 3-pointers – for Henryville.
Senior guard Haley Huddleston added 21 points for the Hornets (10-2), who rebounded from last Friday night’s 47-34 loss at Providence by forcing 19 turnovers and holding Silver Creek to 26 percent shooting.
GALLERY | Henryville-Silver Creek
“We’ve been trying to preach defense, just being aware of what the other team has and what we can do to take things away,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “We were so disappointed after the last game, kind of how bad we were with that. I think the girls made it more of an emphasis to take a few things away. We really tried to take the right wing away and the high-low passes and I’m very proud of the way the girls came back and did that.”
It was “Ugly Christmas Sweater Night” in the Henryville student section, but Conrad couldn’t have asked for a prettier start by his team.
After missing their first shot the Hornets hit their next five in a row and seven of their next eight. That helped them outscore Silver Creek 16-4 over the final 4:16 of the first quarter and lead 21-10.
In the second period Henryville only hit two shots, but both were 3-pointers by Hollis. The second of those boosted the Hornets’ lead to 20 (34-14) with 2:45 to play in the first half.
However just when it looked like the Dragons were done, Lauren Polston hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull them within 14 at halftime.
The Hornets, however, scored the first seven points of the second half to take command.
Henryville shot 42 percent (18 for 43) from the field.
“That’s good to see,” Conrad said. “It had been a while since we had a game where we shot over 30 percent, so that helps out a lot. It cures a lot of things.”
Polston posted 18 points to pace Silver Creek (4-9), which was just 12 for 46 from the field.