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February 22, 2014

Third-period surge propels Lady Hornets past Roland

Hilldale’s Destiny Riddle waited until 2:17 left in the third quarter to make her presence known in the Class 4A Area IV District 8 championship game Friday at the Hilldale Event Center.

Riddle calmly drained back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the circle. That ignited the Lady Hornets on  13-1 run to close out the third period en route to a 56-40 win over the Roland Lady Rangers.

“They kind of forgot about me there for a little bit,” said Riddle “They were focused on the inside and they left me the angles to get open and I finally hit them.”

Riddle missed her two other 3-point attempts. Hillary Calvert followed her makes with another 3 to inflate a nine-point lead to 47-28.

“After Destiny hit those two shots, they slid over to her and left me open in the corner,” said Calvert. “It was a good pass from Destiny to set me up over there.”

Calvert played as big a part as anyone, punching in eight of her team-high 18 points in the third stanza, while picking off two passes in that same period.

“We hit some big shots tonight and moved the ball around to the open girl all night,” said Hilldale coach Scott Hensley. “I am happy with the way we played. This was a good team effort all-around.”

Leading 29-22 entering the third quarter, the Lady Hornets (15-6) seemed to have everything under control. That included Roland’s Mikiah McDonald who was Hilldale’s main focus on the night.

“Coach really wanted us to focus on 44 (McDonald) and limit her touches,” said Calvert. “We really played her hard in the paint and made her work for everything.”

McDonald still managed 20 points and eight rebounds for Roland (8-13). She had all of the Lady Rangers’ third-quarter points.

But as imposing as McDonald might have been the combination of McKenzie Plant and Kenzie Mize kept the Lady Rangers offense off balance on the night.

“We wanted to buzz around the ball and be a defensive team tonight and slow down McDonald,” said Hensley. “This was a defensive team victory tonight and it took a total team effort to win this one.”

Katie Kirkhart quietly added 11 points and three steals on the night as Plant finished with eight rebounds.

Hilldale plays tonight’s Broken Bow-Poteau winner in a 6:30 Thursday regional semifinal at Poteau.

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