In basketball, nothing is more important than hitting shots, but getting shots is important as well.
The Orange Pioneers had trouble doing both in the second half while the Hayes Pacers made the most of their trips, allowing Hayes to finish with a 46-23 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division win in the second game of a boys-girls doubleheader Friday at Hayes High School.
Hayes (12-7, 7-4 OCC Capital) started on fire and, for the most part, stayed that way. Orange (1-17, 1-11) stuck with the Pacers through most of the first quarter, but after a while had trouble getting shots off.
The Pacers scored the final five points of the opening quarter and led 16-10 after the first, but both teams had a somewhat sloppy second period. The two squads combined to take 13 shots and had the same number of turnovers, with the Pioneers committing eight miscues in the period. Hayes had just seven shots in the quarter, but won the period 11-6, and took a 27-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
The third quarter was as rough as the second, especially for Orange, which turned the ball over another seven times and missed all five of its shot attempts in the period while hitting 3 of 4 shots from the foul line.
But things weren’t much better for the Pacers, who scored just six points in the third on 2 of 10 shooting from the floor and 2 of 3 from the foul line to take a 33-19 lead after three.
Defense was one way Hayes made up for its troubles. In addition to the seven Pioneer turnovers, the Pacers held Orange scoreless for over 10 minutes between the third and fourth quarters. Hayes scored the next 11 points in that span, and held a 40-19 lead with two and a half minutes left.
Kristen McMillen and Abbie Gore led all scorers with 11 points each, both adding two rebounds apiece, while Katie Ellis closed with 10 points and four rebounds. Maranda Merriman added seven points, including the team’s only three-pointer, plus three assists, while Julie Bauer had five points, all from the line, adding game-highs with eight rebounds and four assists.
Mikaela Lyons led Orange with seven points and eight rebounds, while Brianna Barron and Hannah Sargent added six points each, Barron hitting the team’s only trey and Sargent adding two boards and two assists. Lexi Werling also had five points and eight boards for the Pioneers.