Girls Varsity Basketball · Girls Varsity Basketball beats Morton 67 – 45

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Maidens win Area Championship.
The 13th ranked 8-2A Haskell Maidens (33-1) made the long drive over to ODonnell last Friday night to take on the 5-2A Morton Maidens in the second round of the 2018 playoffs. Haskell outscored Morton 39-11 during the second and third quarters to help secure the 67-45 playoff win and advance to the Regional Quarterfinals for the third time in four years against the Forsan Lady Buffs (21-5) on Tuesday night in Colorado City starting at 6:30 PM.
Haskell was led offensively by Sophomore Landry Hanson who finished with 25 points and Junior Taylor Manske who finished with 17 points. Other leading scorers on the night were CEra Taylor with 9 points followed by Hollyn Hadaway with 7, Ryanna Rodriguez 4, Braelyn Bevel 3, and Ariel Martinez 2. Leading the team in assists was Hadaway with 5, Hanson 5, Martinez 4, Manske 3, and C Taylor 1.
The Maidens continue to shoot the ball well in post season play. They were (24-41) for 58% from the field, (7-18) for 38% from behind the 3 point arc, and (12-20) for 60% from the free-throw line. Offensively, I thought the girls did an excellent job reading the defense and making the correct play. They have played really well off each other all year long from the inside and outside and that makes it easier for them to play to their individual offensive strengths, head coach Blake Eddleman said.
Morton was (13-43) for 30% from the field, (7-23) for 30% from behind the 3 point arc, and (12-15) for 80% from the free-throw line. Defensively, I thought the girls did a solid job throughout the entire game. They did a great job keeping the ball out of the paint and forcing them to shoot contested outside shots, Eddleman said.
Haskell won the rebound battle 25-22. Manske and C Taylor led the way with 6 rebounds each followed by Hadaway and Rodriguez with 3 each. Leading the team in steals was Manske with 2, C Taylor 2, Hadaway 1, and Hanson 1.
Overall, I thought we played well on both ends of the floor once again. We are playing some of our best basketball of the year and that is what you want during post season play. I really believe we are peaking and hitting our stride right now, Eddleman added.