Hibriten girls beat West for first win
Hibriten overcame 25 turnovers and took advantage of some frosty shooting by West Caldwell to claim a 42-28 win over its county rival Friday night in Lenoir.
The win was the first for the Panthers after opening the season with three setbacks.
“It’s big with (the Warriors) being a county rival,” Hibriten head coach Monte Simmons said. “We’ve talked about building a foundation as a team. We put in that first block tonight. Now we’ll see if we can keep building from it.”
West had trouble with turnovers as well, giving the ball away 24 times. Compounding matters for the Warriors (2-2) was an ice-cold shooting performance from the floor. West hit just 19.6 percent of its shots (11-for-56) and was 3-for-28 in the second half.
Hibriten (1-3) sprung a little full-court pressure on West Caldwell in the third quarter, and that seemed to rattle the Warriors. They committed nine turnovers in the period, and Hibriten was able to build a 10-point cushion heading to the final period.
West led 23-22 after Morgan Bowman popped a 3-pointer with 5:14 left in the quarter. But the Panthers closed the quarter with an 11-0 spurt that gave them the lead. The press played a role in manufacturing that advantage.
“I thought that was a big key in the third and fourth quarters,” Simmons said. “We saw that they didn’t respond well to it. We’ve been working on that. Normally we’re a 2-3 team, but when we jumped into that, and they saw that pressure, it threw them off.”
The Warriors’ dismal shooting continued in the fourth quarter. They missed their first 17 field-goal attempts and went more than 12 minutes in the second half between made buckets. They finally made a shot from the floor when Lexus Corpening connected on a stickback with just 35 seconds left.
Hibriten didn’t exactly run away from West while its shooting drought worsened, but the Panthers had a double-digit lead they never relinquished.
Alex McRary was the lone Panther in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Keisha Corpening had eight points and eight rebounds, with Ally Soldati contributing eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Elexia Logan hauled down 13 rebounds for Hibriten.
Lexus Corpening had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Daryan Dixon-Dula added 12 rebounds, but she and Brittany Dixon – the team’s leading scorers – combined for just 11 points between them.
The Panthers will travel to Patton Monday, while the Warriors take the floor again Wednesday at Fred T. Foard.
Hibriten 42, West Caldwell 28
West Caldwell^12^6^5^5 – 28
Hibriten^9^11^13^9 – 42
WEST CALDWELL (28): Lexus Corpening 11, Dixon-Dula 6, Dixon 5, Bowman 4, Greene 2, Moore 0, Webb 0, Marley 0, soots 0.
HIBRITEN (42): Alex McRary 10, Corpening 8, Soldati 8, Logan 6, Brown 4, C. Morton 4, Davis 2, Horton 0, Patterson , B. Morton 0.