Jess Foster has one speed when she plays basketball and thatís fast. She takes the ball down the court at full speed against Southland making it hard for her defenders to keep up with her.
Photos by Mary Nelson
The Hayfield Lady Vikings made it to the championship of the Saint Claire tournament, on Monday December 30, and took first place in the tournament.
Hayfield 59, Canby 42
The girls jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead right away in the first quarter and didn't look back.
"We were able to execute our half court offense very well that night," Coach Fred Kindschy said. On offense, the Lady Vikes ran a little bit of everything. "We tried to get to the basket a few more times"
This is the second year Hayfield has won the Saint Claire Tournament.
Hayfield 83, Southland 61
The Hayfield girls team came out very strong against the Southland Rebels. The tempo was fast and furious the first half, as both teams were pressing on defense and pushing the ball on offense. The quick pace played right into the Viking's hands and allowed them to sprint out to a 35-10 lead 10 minutes into the game. At the halftime break, Hayfield had a comfortable 50-25 lead.
The second half was just as action-packed. Southland staged a little comeback with very strong defense and pulled back into the game cutting the lead to 12 at one point. Strong free throw shooting (18-22) helped the Lady Vikes hold on to their lead, and escape with the victory.
Dani Wagner shoots 1000
The second half was special for Hayfield and for senior captain Dani Wagner. With about 8 minutes left in the game Dani scored her 1,000th point.
"Scoring that many points in your high school career is quite an accomplishment. Very few players even come close. We are very proud of Dani," Coach Kindschy said. Scoring for Hayfield: Dani Wagner 24, Jessie Foster 21, Bhrett Zahnle 14, Johanna Bungum 9, Alyssa Monahan 8, Sophia Waldner 3, Rachel Ausrud 2, Rachel Masching 2.
NRHEG 79, Hayfield 44
The Lady Vikes traveled to NRHEG on Friday and played in front of a packed house. The NRHEG Panthers slashed Hayfield's state run potential last year, and moved on to win the State Championship.
It was cold outside and coach Kindschy said their shooting was very cold as well.
Turnovers throughout the game did the Lady Vikes in.
NRHEG used their half court trap to jump out to a halftime lead of 39-29.
"We had our chances in the first half, but failed to execute on offense and struggled from the free throw line."
The second half was a struggle- "We tried to attack their trap a few different ways, but they proved why they are one of the best teams in the state."
"It was a tough game for us tonight, and I hope we have another chance to play them again."