www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

All-Area 2014: Delton tabbed top offensive player -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

All-Area 2014: Green a load on defense for Norton -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

All-area 2014: Oberle tabbed top coach -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

Hays High, TMP volleyball have breakthrough -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

Monarch boys pick up second win -- girls roll -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

2014 HDN All-Area Super 11 capsules -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

MCL Round Robin wraps up at WaKeeney -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

Jayhawks pull away from Lafayette, win 96-69 -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

HHS wrestling competes at Ellsworth -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

Tiger women top Bearcats; men fall in overtime -12/21/2014, 9:57 PM

Eagles' playoff hopes hurt after loss to Redskins -12/21/2014, 9:56 PM

Wildcats back on track, beat Texas A&M -12/21/2014, 9:50 PM

Hays High's Dale continues winning ways -12/19/2014, 10:57 AM

Page continues hot streak for Tiger wrestling -12/19/2014, 10:16 AM

KSU revs interest in Ojeleye -12/19/2014, 10:15 AM

Top stories 2014: Tebo gets his gold -12/19/2014, 10:26 AM

KU's Beaty draws from Texas roots -12/18/2014, 11:32 AM

KSU expects more than 10,000 fans -12/18/2014, 11:32 AM

Indians swimmers compete at Manhattan -12/18/2014, 11:32 AM

Steelers bring a new identity into crucial game against Chiefs -12/18/2014, 11:30 AM

Indians earn sweep before holiday break -12/17/2014, 10:20 AM

Top stories 2014: FHSU football continues steady climb -12/17/2014, 10:20 AM

Lehman's triple-double leads FHSU to eighth straight win -12/17/2014, 10:20 AM

Dome hits game-winner for Victoria boys; TMP girls roll -12/17/2014, 10:19 AM

Shockers rally from 11 down to beat Alabama -12/17/2014, 10:19 AM

Royals land Rios -12/16/2014, 9:27 AM

KU, Mizzou express interest in Ojeleye -12/16/2014, 9:27 AM

Kansas State DT Clinkscales faces additional charge -12/16/2014, 9:27 AM

No WR touchdowns? No problem -12/16/2014, 9:27 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Dec. 14 -12/15/2014, 10:42 AM

Heisman winner Mariota can't wait to get back on field -12/15/2014, 10:15 AM

Kansas State picks up win -12/15/2014, 10:15 AM

FHSU wrestling fifth at Newman -12/15/2014, 10:15 AM

Pair of double-doubles lead Tiger women -12/15/2014, 11:01 AM

Chiefs go long, handle Raiders -12/15/2014, 10:14 AM

Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on NBA scoring list -12/15/2014, 10:14 AM

Patriots, Broncos clinch -12/15/2014, 10:14 AM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
Unbeaten Hoxie girls make it back-to-back titles

[var top_story_head]

Unbeaten Hoxie girls make it back-to-back titles

Published on -3/10/2013, 8:30 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By ERNIE W. WEBB III

Special to the Daily News

EMPORIA -- It didn't hit Shelly Hoyt until she heard the public address announcer at White Auditorium say these words: "Your state champion, at 26-0, the Hoxie Indians."

At that moment, the longtime coach realized what her team had accomplished with a hard-fought 68-63 win Saturday against fellow perennial power Olpe in the Class 1A Division I title game.

"It really just hit me all of a sudden -- wow, 26-0," said Hoyt, whose team has won two consecutive crowns. "As a team we really don't talk about winning streaks and state titles. We really focus on teaching the girls, helping them grow. But this is pretty amazing, to win another championship."

To win another title, the Indians relied heavily on their 3-point shooting, particularly in the third quarter after the Eagles rallied from a big early deficit.

During the period, Hoxie hit five shots from behind the line, including three by Carly Heim and a pair by Gabi Spresser.

"Honestly, we prefer to be in close games like this because it's more of a challenge," Heim said. "I had open shots because my teammates did a great job of setting me up."

Before Heim and Spresser heated up in the second half, Olpe wiped out a 15-point deficit with a 12-0 run late in the second quarter.

The Eagles stayed close until the second half, when Hoxie went on a 22-10 run that included all five of its 3-pointers in the third quarter.

"We finally got Carly to take some shots, and when she did, as we knew she could, she made them," Hoyt said. "That's how we play. The kids have the green light when they're open. Fortunately, we were on tonight."

The Indians survived one last Olpe run in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles cut a 16-point lead to 67-63 on a 3-point play by Janae Haag with :19 left.

"We showed some toughness to get back in the game like we did a couple of times," said Olpe coach Jesse Nelson. "Hoxie is just so good. We had some chances early and didn't make some open looks, and they took advantage."

It looked like the Indians, who outscored their opponents by an average margin of more than 40 points coming into the state tournament, were settling in for another blowout in the first quarter.

After Elena Flott gave Olpe a 2-0 lead with a put-back, Hoxie scored 15 unanswered points and led 18-4 going into the second.

The Indians led 21-6 and 28-13 before the Eagles recovered.

"We knew Olpe was tough, so it wasn't surprising they came back," Heim said. "We had the experience of being here last year, and that helped when they did. We're so blessed to have a team like this. I'm very grateful for it."

Hoxie finished 12 of 26 on 3-pointers, including four each by Spresser and Danel Stithem and three by Heim, who led the Indians with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Stithem had 15 points, Lexi Schamberger 13 and Spresser 12.

Flott had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Olpe. Haag added 14 points and four assists, and Kelsey Hendricks had 11 points.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos

AP Breaking News