Published 11:00 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022
By Rodrick Anderson
LONGVILLE — After a sluggish start, Hathaway woke up from a 10-day layoff, led by the hot hand of Chaylee Beard, to claim a 79-70 road win over South Beauregard Tuesday evening.
Beard hit seven 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter to break open a close game, and finished with 21 points. Sienna Guidry added 20 points, including a trio of long balls.
The Hornets’ (18-4) whose last game was a 52-50 loss to Bell City on Dec. 17, and trailed by as many as five points in the second quarter.
“I think it was this being our first game coming off the break,” Hathaway head coach Courtneé Hollins said. “A game got canceled that we were supposed to have before the break. We had only one practice before this game. We had to get back in the groove of things. Once we started to get in the rhythm, it got better.”
Up 35-34 at the break, the Hornets went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. Back-to-back 3s by Beard and Guidry gave the Hornets their largest lead, 62-45, with 2:20 left in the quarter.
South Beauregard (12-5) held the upper hand early with its physical play. The Lady K’s outrebounded Hathaway 20-10 in the first half. Jaden LeBoeuf scored off an offensive board to put South Beauregard up 23-18 with 7:43 left in the second quarter. Raelyn Gunter drove to the basket for a bucket off a turnover with 1:28 left in the first half, but it would be the Lady K’s final lead, 32-30.
“We stopped doing what we do,” South Beauregard head coach Susan Johnson said. “We stopped crashing the boards, and we couldn’t finish.
“It changed the momentum. Hathaway is a great team and they shoot the ball well. We tried doing different things on defense, but it was just a lack of communication on our part. We just weren’t on the same page defensively.”
Hathaway took away South Beauregard’s rebounding advantage in the third quarter, 15-5.
“I know South Beauregard is going to play so hard,” Hollins said. “They are going to go get rebounds. We have been talking about that. You have to box out.
“At the beginning of the game, I called timeout and said ‘If you don’t start boxing out, you will lose this game,’ and we finally started to. We weren’t perfect at it, but we did get better.”
South Beauregard made a late run and pulled within 75-70 on a 3-pointer by Lainey Coleman with 42 seconds left in the game.
Jalyn Williams led South Beauregard with 18 points.