“We have lots of talent on this team and I plan on playing as many as I can as it helps us. We want to get up and pressure from tip-off to buzzer, so any kind of fresh legs with the talent we have here is great as long as they keep playing hard,” said Crane coach Jeremy Mullins.
Crane led 7-0 before the Lady Tigers made their first basket. The Lady Pirates hit two more before Hollister’s Halie Allred went to the charity stripe with 3:45 left in the first quarter. She knocked down one making the score 7-3. Crane’s full court press rattled Hollister as they struggled to get the ball down the court.
McMenamy would score three in a row to make the score 19-3 with two minutes left in the first quarter. Hollister would remain scoreless for the rest of the quarter while the Lady Pirates added four more points to their total (23-3).
“I was glad to see us finally come out and produce some good looks,” said Mullins. “In the second quarter, we kept building and we did push. It helps when you knock some shots down.”
In the second quarter, Allred tried to cut Crane’s lead by hitting a trey, making the score 25-6. Hollister added seven points to their total, but were again outmatched by the Lady Pirates who added nine. At halftime, Crane led 32-10.
Crane’s Loni Johnson hit two free throws in the first 10 seconds of the third quarter showing the Lady Pirates weren’t going to slow down. McMenamy hit two buckets down low and then Emma Lander did the same thing, icing the Lady Pirates lead 49-10. Lander led Crane in the third quarter with nine points.
“I think we came into the game knowing Crane is a good ball team and we played scared. We need to learn in order to compete with teams like Crane we have to give effort, because we didn’t give a 100 percent tonight and we need to take care of the ball,” said Hollister coach Alyssa Paulsell.
In the fourth quarter, Hollister would double its score, but the Lady Tigers never got the momentum to make a dent in Crane’s lead and stop the time clock from running continuously.
Crane plays Thursday, Dec. 13 at Billings and Hollister plays at home on the 13th against Spokane.
Crane 69, Hollister 24
Crane 23 32 61 69
Hollister 3 10 12 24
Crane scorers—Maggie McMenamy 16, Emma Lander 13, Kylie Vaught 7, Allie Hagler 6, Lexie Vaught 6, Justeen 6, Keren Belin 4, Loni Johnson 4, Riley Israel 4, Jalee Johnson 3
Hollister scorers—Halie Allred 9, Katie Dixon 4, Allie Cunningham 4, Melissa Frisesen 3, Jordan Pierce 2, Kayla Coffelt 2