In the two weeks since its loss to Republic, Hickman has winning big by keeping its offense democratic. While Amy and Jodi Bolerjack have remained consistent forces offensively, different players have had big games on different night.
On Saturday, it was Kaela Rorvig’s turn.
Rorvig came out dead-on accurate in the first half against Bishop Miege, and combined with a smothering defense, Hickman went on to a 61-32 win.
“They were really pumped for this game,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “It really set the tone.”
When the Stags (4-3) started the game in a zone defense, it opened up the game for Hickman’s hot shooters, and Rorvig led the way.
Rorvig hit her first four shots in the first quarter, helping Hickman start on an 11-0 run and close the quarter 18-2.
“Traditionally, Amy and Jodi are our outside threats,” Mirts said. “And early in the game, if someone steps up like that and hits several shots, then the coach is like, ‘Oh my gosh, who do we guard?’”
In the second quarter, though, Rorvig got the Kewpies (16-1) going.
Rorvig scored seven of the Kewpies’ first nine points of the quarter, helping Hickman start the quarter on a 14-0 run.
“She got really hot,” Amy Bolerjack said. “She couldn’t miss.”
At the same time, the Hickman defense shut down Bishop Miege, the two-time defending Kansas Class 5 champion. The Stags turned the ball over 10 times in the second, and those turnovers led to six Hickman points.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we really set the tone, and they kind of fell back,” Amy Bolerjack said.
Mirts credited Lauren Harris, the Kewpies’ 6-foot-2 center, as the key to Hickman’s full-court press.
“I’ll tell you what, we have heck of an anchor,” Mirts said. “Lauren Harris anchors us to allow those guards to go out and be aggressive. She is behind them all the time.”
When the ball got down low, Harris was at her best. She had five blocks on the night, several of which led to Kewpie baskets on the other end.
“Lauren, she’s always there for us,”
Hickman guard Megan McCabe said.
Harris also made 7-of-8 free throws and finished with nine points.
Hickman, ranked 17th in the country in the USA Today poll, went into halftime with a 36-15 lead, but it never lost the intensity that bolstered it to that lead. McCabe said with Mirts on the sideline, it wasn’t hard to maintain that intensity.
“Not with her, she keeps our intensity,” McCabe said. “She keeps us up.”
The defense forced nine more turnovers in the second half, and with Rorvig beginning to struggle, the Bolerjacks took over. Amy Bolerjack scored nine points in the second half, and Jodi Bolerjack had eight points, including two on a drive through the lane in the third quarter where she made despite being fouled hard.
Amy Bolerjack finished with a team-high 19 points, and Jodi Bolerjack finished with 10.