By HANSON CRAFTON
The Henryville Hornets took down visiting Irvington Prep Academy in dominant fashion on Tuesday on its way to a 68-22 victory in pool play of the season-opening Henryville Tip-Off Tournament.
“It was nice to be able to see the girls play someone else,” Hornets’ coach Josh Conrad said. “I feel like we had a good game effort-wise. We need to work on defensive positioning and shot selection, but overall it was a good night. We were able to play a lot of girls and we did see a lot of good things.”
Sophomore guard Emily Hollis led the Hornets with 15 points along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Hornets, using an up-tempo pace, forced 19 turnovers that resulted in a Henryville layup drill. Henryville played a tight on-ball trapping defense that had Irvington pressing on offense, which led to several steals.
Along with Hollis’ four steals, Henryville received five steals from Abbi Robertson and four more from sophomore guard Haley Huddleston.
With the turnovers, Henryville stayed in transition leading to the easy fast-break points.
Huddleston had 13 points, four steals, two rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Along with her five steals, Robertson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Henryville junior Lesha Dallas had six points and six rebounds. Also for the Hornets, Sadie Spears scored 10 points.
Irvington’s Lauren Pressley was the Ravens’ top performer with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Irvington senior Mariah Brown had five points, three rebounds and three steals in the lopsided loss.
The Hornets will host Medora in their second pool game of the Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday.
HENRYVILLE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT
HENRYVILLE 68, IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY 22
Irvington 7 1 9 5—22
Henryville 23 16 11 18—68
Irvington (0-1): Lauren Pressley 10, Mariah Brown 5, Regina Gibson 4, Hali Shaffer 3.
Henryville (1-0): Emily Hollis 15, Haley Huddleston 13, Sadie Spears 10, Hannah Nunn 9, Abbi Robertson 8, Lesha Dallas 6, Emma Hendricks 4, Hannah White 3.
3-point field goals: Irvington 2 (Pressley 2); Henryville 3 (Hollis 3).
Rebounds: Irvington 21 (Pressley 8); Henryville 30 (Robertson 11).
Assists: Irvington 3 (Shaffer 2); Henryville 10 (Hollis 4).
Steals: Irvington 5 (Brown 3); Henryville 18 (Robertson 5).
Blocks: Irvington 9 (Pressley 7); Henryville 4 (Huddleston 2, Tami Burgin 2).