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Hackett scores double-digit win over DK girls

Delton Kellogg guard Toni Higgins (left) fights to rip the ball away from Hackett Catholic's Megan Redmond during their SAC Valley ballgame in Delton Friday. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

After a 3-0 start, the Delton Kellogg girls are .500 now.

The Panther varsity girls' basketball team fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division with a 49-32 loss to visiting Hackett Catholic Prep Friday.

The Fighting Irish were in a six-point hole headed into the second quarter, but outscored the Panthers 20-2 in that second period to take control of the ballgame. The Panthers fought back to within eight points early in the second half, but couldn't find the consistency they needed on either end of the floor to keep any comeback attempt coming.

“The girls need to make a decision on how bad they want it,” Delton Kellogg head coach Mike Mohn said. “You can't start slow and then expect people to cave in and say, 'oh, it's Delton, we'll get better.' Now we have some kids trying to make a decision about how bad they want to play hard and how bad they want to play together. Got some selfish stuff going on. You can't put the ball in the hole, and then we start pouting and can't play on the other end of the floor. It's not pretty.

“They're going to have to figure it out,” he added. “We're going to take a few days off and then maybe refresh, and then the following Monday we've got to come back because we have got (Kalamazoo) Christian when we come back and they're all that and a bag of chips. We had better figure out a way to do it. We got absolutely smoked here by a Hackett team that played really well, and Christian is really good.”

The DK girls bested Hackett by double figures in both meetings a year ago.

This time around the Panthers didn't keep Krystina Kasson away from the basket. Hackett's tall, thin center finished with a game-high 13 points.

Hackett also got nine points from Maddie Coffman, eight from Katey Reasoner and six each from Emily Wheaton and Catherine McMahon.

A 9-0 Hackett run fueled by DK turnovers really put the game out of reach for the Panthers. They trailed by 17 points at the end of the third quarter, managing to get as close as 11 points with five and a half minutes to play.

The Irish found some success on the offensive glass, and beat the Delton Kellogg press deep for lay-ups a couple of times.

“It is all effort stuff at this point,” coach Mohn said. “Right now, the effort is not quality enough for us to compete. Right now, it isn't about basketball, it isn't about anything else. It's about competing. How bad do you want to compete? How bad do you want to stop the girl that is across from you? How bad do you want to be strong going to the hoop and putting the ball in the basket? Those are all things we talk about daily, but have not seen anything that even remotely looks like it.”

He said he addressed exactly that a couple times during timeouts during the ballgame, and added that it is up to him as the head coach to make sure the girls get things straightened out.

Erin Kapteyn led DK with 12 points. Holly McManus added nine points and Mary Whitmore finished with six.

The DK girls visit Kalamazoo Christian Jan. 7.

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