SALAMANCA — Both teams went cold in the final quarter, but the Hinsdale girls basketball team made enough shots at the end to hold off Salamanca Monday in non-league play.
Held scoreless for more than four minutes to start the fourth quarter, Hinsdale coach Steve Noll called a timeout with 3:31 to play leading 41-40. The Bobcats found an open corner three-pointer for Ashley Chapman. Chapman made it, and later added a layup to ice the game in a 47-42 victory.
“Our offense, they went to that box-and-one on Kayla,” Noll said. “Kayla was 4-for-4 in the first half and she was in her land over here and the rest of the girls didn't know what to do. We froze and I said, 'Run some movement. What would you do if she was in this situation?' So that's kind of what happened.
“Liz Przybyla had a really good game. She's been struggling, shooting a lot of rough shots, but she was on tonight. The hoop was wide for her tonight, and generous.”
Elizabeth Przybyla led Hinsdale (8-4) with 18 points, while Kayla Brooks had 12 points on 4-for-4 three-point shooting, all in the first half.
Chapman added 10 points and Kaitlynn Roberson had eight steals.
Nzhoni Kennedy led Salamanca (3-10) with 13 points and five rebounds, Kylee Dowdy had 10 points and seven rebounds and Jaeden Hubbard scored nine points with 11 rebounds.
The Warriors trailed the Bobcats by two-to-four-point margins after each quarter, and briefly led in the third, but couldn’t rally all the way back.
"I think we ran out of gas, honestly," Warriors coach Bryelle Wallin said. "And they shot at unbelievable from three(-point range), they had to have, I mean 10 three-pointers, that's hard to beat a team that makes 10 threes.
“Our second quarter, even though it was even, we lacked intensity and we didn't put it pedal to the metal and take it to them. It allowed them to have that breathing room coming out.”
The Warriors fell behind 26-17 in the second, but climbed back for a 26-22 halftime score.
“We have a difficult time fighting back sometimes, not so much fighting back because we'll get back into the game, but we have a hard time of just putting it away,” Wallin said. “I thought this game was very competitive, had we made a few more of our easy buckets, it would have been different. Take away a couple of those silly three-second violations, it's a different game, I think, and I wish we hadn't gone away from our post so much because that was an advantage for us tonight and we got away from them.”
The Warriors earned their first three victories this month, all in league play (3-1). It marked a step in the right direction, but Wallin hopes the team can finish even stronger in the final stretch of league games, starting Friday against Ellicottville.
“I've been preaching all of January that everything we're doing is gearing up for the final push here in league,” Wallin said. “Our league is very competitive, anybody can win on any night, so I'm really looking forward to the matchup again at home against Ellicottville on Friday. We've been putting some emphasis on those upcoming league games because everything that we do now is preparing us for that. I think we have the confidence going into our second half of league play that we should be OK.”
Roberson 1 2-6 5, Chapman 2 0-0 10, Brooks 4 0-0 12, Przybyla 7 1-4 18, Eastman 0 1-4 1, Veno 0 1-4 1. Totals: 16 5-18 47.
Brown 2 0-0 5, Warrior 1 0-0 3, Rea 0 2-2 2, Kennedy 5 0-0 13, Dowdy 4 2-2 10, Hubbard 4 1-4 9. Totals: 16 5-8 42.
Hinsdale 14 26 41 47
Salamanca 12 22 37 42
Three-point goals: Hinsdale 10 (Roberson, Chapman 2, Brooks 4, Przybyla 3), Salamanca 5 (Brown, Warrior, Kennedy 3). Total fouls: Hinsdale 10, Salamanca 15. Fouled out: None.