KALONA — The Hillcrest Academy girls’ team was without head coach Kari Heusinkveld while the boys basketball team saw Lone Tree’s Keegan Edwards pour in 27 points as the Lions swept the Ravens in Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division play.
Esther Hughes scored nine points and Yani Guttierez put in seven in the Ravens 46-16 loss in the girls game.
John Hughes scored 13 of his team-high 17 in the second half and Eli Ours tallied 14 points in the Ravens 62-51 loss in the boys game.
“Kari had a work conference that she could not miss,” Ravens assistant girls coach Tanna Boshart said. “It was a tough decision for her not to be here. We assured her that that was the place she needed to be and we could handle the basketball for her.”
The Ravens had a 4-2 lead and ended the first quarter tied at 6-6, but the score at halftime was 30-11 and 42-11 at the end of the third quarter.
“I thought we played excellent in the first quarter,” Boshart said. “Our defense was better than it has been. The girls were really locked in and knew their assignments. I thought they did good with help defense. I was very content at the end of the first quarter. Their press made us start playing quicker than we wanted to. And we would break the press but then we should have brought it back out. We wanted to attack against the pressure and I thought we did a great job of that.”
The second quarter saw some Hillcrest turnovers on consecutive possessions and the Lions scored 15 in a row before Boshart called timeout with 5 minutes, 1 second remaining in the half.
“I wanted to remind them that basketball is a game of runs,” Boshart said. “We were having a hard time finding our shot. Between the turnovers and not hitting our shots, those two things combined don’t bode well for you. That is a bad combination.”
The combination of Edwards’ inside and outside game was the difference in the boys matchup.
He had seven 2-pointers and four 3-pointers, scoring 13 points in the first half and 14 in the second. He bagged buckets at the halftime buzzer and the third-quarter buzzer.
The score was tied at the end of the first quarter but the Lions led 32-28 at the break and 51-39 after the third quarter. Hughes scored all 11 of the Ravens points in the third.
Edwards scored just seconds into the final frame but the Ravens flew out to a 10-point run with eight of those from Ours and a bucket from Kobe Borntrager.
Closing the deficit to four points twice, the Ravens did not score again as the Lions closed the game on a seven-point run.
“I thought we got jammed in our offense for a little bit,” Hillcrest coach Dwight Gingerich said. “We forced some things. We were not all on the same page in our execution of a couple special plays. But I did see a lot of growth, we just missed too many layups.”
The Ravens were 12 of 19 at the foul line.
“So we will add that to the list,” Gingerich said. “Lone Tree made some big shots. Edwards is a great player. He is really good. Credit Lone Tree. Coach Tom Squier is a good coach and he has a nice team. We battled, but we make too many mistakes.”
Ours made five 3-pointers in the last Hillcrest game, but Luke Schrock made the only triple for the Ravens Tuesday.
“They were out for Eli,” Gingerich said. “They gave him a lot of attention. His shots are not falling, but he penetrated and hit some big ones. Borntrager has been playing well lately and he can jump out of the gym. Hughes made a difference for us.”
The girls are 1-11, 0-9 North while the boys are 4-6, 4-5. Both squads play at Louisa-Muscatine Friday.