Late burst lifts Hawthorne over Lafayette

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.

For a long time, it was silent. There were no opportunities to cheer. Hawthorne's offense was struggling to score points.

But all it took was a few halftime adjustments for Hawthorne to shoot the lights out in the second half and defeat Lafayette 60-37 in the Region 3, Class 1A semifinal.

“We just had to be consistent and stop the turnovers,” Hawthorne coach Barry Hutchinson said. “We had a lot of turnovers in the first half, but once we settled down, we were OK.”

It looked as if Lafayette (13-12) could pull off the upset, smothering Hawthorne (22-3) defensively in the first half.

The Hornets made just two field goals in the entire first quarter and didn't score a point until Kimesha Mann hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining in the quarter.

Mann ultimately proved to be the difference-maker as she finished with 15 points, including two big 3-pointers in the second quarter that helped cut into the deficit.

The outburst of shooting in the second half, especially the fourth quarter, came as a surprise considering Hawthorne shot just 2-for-16 in the first quarter and 5-for-31 in the first half.

Hawthorne also had to overcome sloppy play that plagued it for much of the beginning of the game. The team had 21 turnovers, many of which came on fast breaks.

Lafayette made a basket to trail just 26-25 early in the fourth quarter. From there, it would be all Hawthorne as it proceeded to score 34 points in the final frame.

“They (Lafayette) were taking their time and taking the shots they were being given,” Hutchinson said. “We were rushing. I think they were a little nervous at first.”

Hawthorne will play at Hamilton County in Friday's regional final.

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