Offense comes alive in second half
By Erik Buchinger
Hortonville scored 43 points in the second half to beat Appleton West 61-44 at home on Friday, Jan. 19.
The Polar Bears improved to 11-3 overall this season including 9-2 in the Fox Valley Association.
Shay Frederick scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the second half for Hortonville, and Macy McGlone scored 12 of her 14 points after halftime.
“We were looking to get it inside, and hopefully Macy would corral some girls down there and kick it out for some shots, but they weren’t falling,” Frederick said. “We just stuck to our plan, stuck to what we knew how to do, and things started falling for us.”
Both teams struggled to score early, and the Polar Bears led 11-6 with three minutes left in the first half and went into halftime with an 18-12 lead.
“We work a lot in practice at pressuring the ball with lots of communication,” Frederick said. “It takes everyone, so I think all of us just played hard, gave it all we had and worked together to get stops.”
After scoring just 11 points in the first 15 minutes, Hortonville put up 50 in the last 21 minutes of the game.
“I thought we showed a lot of growth tonight especially in the first half,” Frederick said. “We came out shooting really poor and couldn’t put the ball in the hoop, but I think we came down and got a lot of stops. We held them to 12 points in the first half, and that was really huge for us to not hang our heads on the offensive end.”
In the second half, Hortonville led by six points before going on a 10-0 run to pull away for a 30-14 lead.
The Polar Bears continued to score and went ahead by 25 with five minutes left in the victory.