HESSTON — The Hesston High School girls’ basketball team rebounded from an overtime loss to rival Nickerson by burying Emporia 46-33 Thursday in the Hesston Classic.

“We’re still a young team and still learning to play together,” Hesston coach Matt Richardson said. “We addressed some of the downfalls from Tuesday. We didn’t rebound very well. Tonight, especially the first half, we did a good job of rebounding. (The third quarter) was very similar to Tuesday night. We didn’t respond as well then as we did tonight. It’s only three games into the season.”

Elise Kaiser led Hesston with 29 points, hitting 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Kaiser was 10 of 12 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“She’s had three really nice games for us,” Richardson said. “They have all been in the 20s. Marisa (Vogt) has been growing by leaps and bounds for us. Riley (Schilling) has been really strong on defense in the middle. She has made some tough shots.”

Freshman Gracie Gilpin led 1-1 Emporia with eight points.

Emporia missed its first six shots from the field, allowing Hesston to take a 9-0 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes of play.

After a Spartan time out, Hesston added a point to the run on one of two free throws. Taylor Milleson broke the shutout with one of two free throws for Emporia with 2:58 left, followed by a Gracie Gilpin 3-pointer. Hesston led 12-4 at the end of the period.

Hesston made a 6-2 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter.

A Kaiser putback with 40 seconds left in the period put Hesston up 22-8 at the half.

Hesston finished the half 10 of 21 from the field, while Emporia was three of 18.

The Spartans made a 6-0 run to start the second half on a two and a three by Macey Adams and one of two Milleson free throws. Kaiser replied with four points for Hesston. A Gilpin trey got the Spartans back within eight. Marisa Vogt hit one of three free throws at the buzzer to put Hesston ahead 29-20.

Hesston went from three turnovers in the first half to seven in the third quarter.

The two teams traded a pair of free throws each to start the fourth quarter. The two teams then each traded a field goal. All of that took more than five minutes. Kaiser hit one of two free throws with 2:38 in regulation to put Hesston back up by 10. Kaiser followed with a layup off a steal. Kaiser hit four straight free throws to put the Swathers up by 15 with 74 seconds to play.

Hesston, 2-1, closes out the classic at 7 p.m. today against Wichita Independent.

“They’ll challenge us,” Richardson said. “It will probably be the first time we face a zone.”

EMPORIA (1-1) — Gilpin 1 (2) 0-0 3, 8; Christensen 0 0-0 4, 0; Adams 1 (1) 0-0 0, 5; Chapman 2 3-4 2, 7; Tebbetts 0 0-0 2, 0; Breshears 1 0-0 4, 2; Tovar 2 0-0 4, 4; Milleson 1 5-8 2, 7; TOTALS 8 (3) 8-14 19, 33.

HESSTON (2-1) — Yoder 3 0-0 0, 6; Kaiser 7 (1) 12-14 2, 29; Vogt 0 4-7 1, 4; Ferralez 0 0-0 4, 0; Schilling 3 0-0 2, 6; Johnston 0 0-0 0, 0; Martin 0 0-0 1, 0; Deegan 0 1-2 2, 1; TOTALS 13 (1) 17-23 12, 46.