The Hawks returned to action tonight against a tough san mateo bulldog team looking to sweep the season series against your Hawks.
After a sleepy first quarter that saw HawkNation fall behind 9-17, the Hawks used a 12-2 run over the first five minutes of the second period, punctuated by a Kol bucket from deep, to pull ahead 21-19. In response, the visitors put together a 9-2 run to pull ahead 28-23 with thirty seconds left on the clock. Determined to end the half on a high note, Hawks point guard, Ashley Hart, sized up the defense at the top of the key, expertly using the clock to her advantage. At the :05 mark, she used her patented cross-over to score on a driving lay-up to pull the Hawks within 25-28 heading into intermission. Jenna Kol led the Hawks in scoring for the half with 10 points.
Heading into the third quarter, the see-saw battle continued. As the Hawks would work to the close the gap, the visitors from san mateo would respond with a timely bucket. At the end of the frame, HawkNation trailed 41-46. As the fourth quarter started, HawkNation used their stout defense (two blocks by Cyerra Dillard) and the sharp shooting of Jenna Kol to spark a mini-run and pull within one (45-46) with six minutes remaining, forcing the bulldogs into a time out.
Out of the time out, the Hawks continued their strong shooting and stellar defense. Ashley Hart hit a three from the top of the key, followed by a bucket in traffic by Monique Cannady to put HawkNation up 50-46. On the defensive side of the ball, Samantha Roney drew a charge and Ashley Hart ripped the ball from the hands of a bulldog player, while also drawing a foul on the opposing player, to set the tone for the final 3:28.
The visitors struck first, closing the gap 50-48. After a stop on the defensive end the bulldogs came down on the offensive end with plans to tie the contest. However, a steal by the Hawks and a bucket in transition put the Hawks back up by four with ninety seconds remaining in the contest. After an empty trip down the court by Las Positas, san mateo managed to muster up a bucket to, again, close within two. However, this time, the Hawks would respond.
First with a defensive stop and two free throws by Cyerra Dillard. Then yet, another defensive stop and two more from the charity stripe by Ashley Hart off a technical foul. On the inbound play, Brittany Lee drew the foul and knocked down two more free throws to seal the win, 58-50. The win moves the Hawks into a tie with san mateo for fourth place in the always tough Coast Conference.
Jenna Kol led HawkNation with 19 followed by Cyerra Dillard with 14.