Hilldale’s long-range shooting touch didn’t suffer during the holiday break.
The Lady Hornets hit 11 on Friday in a 73-35 win at Okmulgee and dominated the game from start to finish.
Katie Kirkhart, who led all scorers with 19 points, had two treys for the Lady Hornets, now 3-2 overall. Destiny Riddle and Cassidy Mills had three each. Riddle finished with 12 points. Those treys were all of Mills’ scoring.
Kenzie Mize added 14 to the cause.
Hilldale led 18-8 after one quarter and 33-20 at the half. But Lady Hornets coach Scott Hensley was particularly pleased with the third quarter play. Hilldale outscored Okmulgee 25-8 to take a 30-point advantage to the final eight minutes, up 58-28.
“We just came out ready to go and I think basically played a lot harder in the third quarter,” Hensley said. “The 3-point shooting was obviously good the whole game.
“Overall I was concerned with our turnovers. Our book said 13 and it seemed like more than that. I think we have to get better at valuing the basketball.”
Hilldale plays Coweta on Monday in the opening round of the Bedouin Shrine Classic in a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.
Hilldale’s first quarter was too big a hole to dig out of. The Hornets (1-4) trailed 16-5 en route to a 15-point halftime deficit (38-23).
They cut it to four in the third, outscoring Okmulgee 22-11. The final eight minutes was all but a draw, with Okmulgee holding an 18-17 edge.
“The first quarter, they hit four 3s on us and their man pressure bothered us,” said Hilldale coach Jeremy Rogers.
Bill Muse Jr. had 22 points, 12 in the third quarter comeback. “We isolated him low with a smaller defender. We also switched defenses,” Rogers said.
All nine Hornets who played scored.
The road gets tougher for Hilldale when it takes on Muskogee in a 6 p.m. contest Monday at the Muskogee Civic Center to start play in the Bedouin Shrine Classic.