If it seemed to the Mexico Bulldogs they were seeing double, it was because they were.
The Hickman Kewpies dominated the Bulldogs, earning a 81-30 victory Thursday night at Hickman.
On the strength of Amy and Jodi Bolerjack’s superb shooting, the Kewpies (11-0) scored 30 points in the second quarter and 29 in the third.
Jodi Bolerjack lead the Kewpies with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Amy Bolerjack finished with 12 without scoring in the first or fourth quarters.
“After missing my first three shots, coach (Tonya) Mirts just pulled me out and told me I just needed to let it go,” Amy Bolerjack said.
Amy Bolerjack did not miss from the field in the second quarter when she made two 3-pointers and two jumpers. Jodi Bolerjack did not miss in the third quarter while scoring seven.
“Both of them can shoot the ball really well,” Mirts said. “It’s nice to have both of them on the same team.
“With teams that are going to play zone, we really like to use them to stretch the zone. We force them to make a choice. Are they going to play inside on (Lauren) Harris? Kaela (Rorvig) is kind of a slasher; are they going to cover her or are they going to come after the twins?”
Amy Bolerjack said when she and her sister are shooting well, there are few teams that can stop the Kewpies.
“It is really exciting when we both are playing well,” Amy Bolerjack said. “It brings another shooter into the ball game. Sometimes I will just pass the ball and I won’t even see her and she’ll just be there. It happens a lot and it happens in soccer, too.”
Although the Bolerjacks’ shooting overwhelmed the Bulldogs, the Kewpies’ defense shaped the game. For the second consecutive night, the Kewpies’ zone press caused troubles. Mexico (5-3) traveled five times in the first half and managed 20 shots to Hickman’s 34.
“I knew that we were going to have our toughest challenge of the season,” Mexico coach Ed Costley said. “It seemed like we were just kind of shaking for a while there.”
When the Bulldogs scrambled through the press, Harris, a senior, waited in the lanes. Harris had seven blocks and two steals before leaving the game 34 seconds into the fourth quarter. Harris finished with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
“She just anchors us defensively all the time,” Mirts said. “So we need to reward her on the offensive end. Sometimes the game is so fast she doesn’t get those opportunities.”
Despite being able to pull all of her starters with 6:26 left, Mirts said she thought her team played sloppily at times, particularly in the first quarter. Mirts played all 11 Kewpies and 10 scored. The Kewpies scored 13 in the quarter. Mirts said the team was shooting too quickly without making the extra pass.
“I thought it was sloppy at times,” Mirts said. “I just thought we shot it a little too quickly. I thought once we threw the ball around, we got loosened up and started hitting our shots.”