The Hickman girls basketball team had a rough time with visiting Notre Dame de Sion on Wednesday.
But the Kewpies didn’t let that slow them down, winning their 11th straight game 57-24 over the Storm.
“The refs let us play today,” Kewpies junior standout Yvonne Anderson said.
Notre Dame de Sion was hardly hesitant at the start of the game and made little effort to avoid heavy contact around the ball and away from it. Many players ended up on the floor, and at one point in the second half, one of the Storm players collided with the wall behind the basket after missing a layup.
But the Kewpies (11-1) were up for the challenge, though the result kept the officials busy.
In the first half, the referees called 10 fouls on Hickman, two of which were charges. Notre Dame de Sion had seven fouls and two charges. However, many other infractions went unpunished, including lowered shoulders and flying elbows.
Hickman coach Tonya Mirts didn’t seemed fazed.
“We were a bit sloppy through the picks and rotations in the first half.” Mirts said, “But we read their movements and smoothed out in the second half.”
With the ability to read the Storm’s offense, the Kewpies were called for only two fouls in the second half.
“That’s a mark of a good basketball team,” Mirts said. “Last game, we gave up a lot of layups. Tonight, our defense was much better.”
Mirts also said her team had improved its transitions from defense to offense, getting up the court quickly.
At the end of the first half, junior Miriam Tesfamikael came up with the ball on defense and sent it forward to sophomore Chasity Prince, who passed it to senior Shana White under the basket for a layup.
In the first half, the Storm played a 1-2-1 diamond zone defense, putting the fifth player on Anderson. Anderson had trouble shaking her defender, so the Kewpies responded by giving the ball to Prince and White, and Prince made a pair of three-point baskets and finished the game with three.
In the second half the Storm returned to a straight man defense, and Anderson scored the first eight points of the third quarter and finished with 21.
Notre Dame de Sion (3-4) didn’t play as rough a game as it did against Hickman on Dec. 9 at the Blue Springs South tournament. Anderson scored 34 in the Kewpies’ 64-43 victory. Anderson didn’t seem upset about Wednesday’s rough game, though, and only shrugged in response to questions about the Storm’s defensive strategy.
The Kewpies play next Jan. 6 at Ozark High School.