Salthawk offense stalls in loss to Eisenhower

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Hutchinson junior Harlie Wilson takes a free throw during play Tuesday at Goddard Eisenhower. Hutchinson hosts unbeaten Andover Central Friday.  [MARK SCHNABEL/NEWTON KANSAN]
Hutchinson senior Ziya Simms takes a jumper Tuesday at Goddard Eisenhower. Simms led Hutchinson with 11 points in a loss to Eisenhower.  [MARK SCHNABEL/NEWTON KANSAN]
Hutchinson junior Grayci Keeler handles the ball during play Tuesday at Goddard Eisenhower. [MARK SCHNABEL/NEWTON KANSAN]
Hutchinson sophomore Libby Jackson drives on Goddard Eisenhower's Kennedy Nicholson during play Tuesday in Goddard. Hutchinson fell 51-30. [MARK SCHNABEL/NEWTON KANSAN]

GODDARD — A 16-4 third quarter given up by the Hutchinson Salt Hawk girls’ basketball team was indicative of the offensive woes suffered in a 51-30 loss to Goddard Eisenhower Tuesday in non-league play in Goddard.

“We didn’t get up and down like we usually do,” Hutchinson coach Conor Reilly said. “They did a good job of taking that away from us. I thought (Addi Verbeck) and (Kennedy Nicholson) are pretty good basketball players. I thought we did a pretty good job of taking them out of it. (McKenzie Henry) and (Payton Ryan) came out and played well for them. Our defense wasn’t very good. Giving up 51 isn’t going to win many games for us.”

Eisenhower, 8-2, was led by Nicholson with 11 points. Henry and Ryan each scored 10 points.

Ziya Sims led 3-4 Hutchinson with 11 points.

Hutchinson took a 6-3 lead, but went the remaining 4 1/2 minutes of the quarter without scoring, trailing 13-6. Hutchinson trailed by 14 in the second quarter but cut the deficit back to seven by halftime, 26-19.

Hutchinson took just five shots in the third quarter, along with five turnovers and missing two free throws. Hutchinson trailed 42-23 at the end of the period.

Eisenhower opened the fourth quarter on an 8-3 run.

Hutchinson hosts Andover Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Salthawk Activity Center. Central is 7-0 and coming off a 70-27 win over Andover.

“We have to bounce back, get to practice tomorrow and try and get better,” Reilly said.

HUTCHINSON (3-4) — Simms 4 3-4 1, 11; Thompson 3 1-4 1, 7; Wilson 2 0-2 0, 4; Keeler 0 0-0 1, 0; Ackley 0 (1) 0-0 0, 3; Ames 0 0-0 0, 0; Jakcon 0 0-0 1, 0; Moriasi 1 (1) 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 10 (2) 4-10 5, 30.

GODDARD EISENHOWER (8-2) — Henry 5 0-1 0, 10; Hollinger 0 0-0 0, 0; Burkholder 3 1-2 0, 7; Ryan 3 (1) 1-1 1, 10; Eddy 0 0-0 0, 0; Verbeck 1 (1) 0-0 2, 5; Respress 1 0-0 1, 2; Nicholson 2 (2) 1-2 1, 11; Dameron 3 0-0 3, 6; TOTALS 18 (4) 3-6 9, 51.

Hutchinson;6;13;4;7;—;30

G.Eisenhower;13;13;16;9;—;51

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com