Hicks, Anacoco split hoops doubleheader

Published 11:51 am Thursday, January 6, 2022

By Daniel Green | BWS Sports
SIMPSON — It took a little time, but the Hicks Lady Pirates got a little defensive.
Behind a stellar defensive effort which saw 26 defensive tips, 14 steals and nine blocked shots, most coming during a 21-0 second-quarter run, the Lady Pirates downed the Anacoco Lady Indians on Monday, 61-39.
“I am super proud of the effect and tenacity we played with tonight, especially on the defensive end,” Hicks head coach Mike Charrier said. “Our defense was definitely our offense tonight and I have to credit Coach Dye for juggling the sets to keep Anacoco on their heels.”
Trailing by one point, the Lady Pirates turned that deficit into a 20-point lead during a second-quarter surge, causing a number of turnovers as they extended to a full-court press. Lauren Quinn and Reese Stephens keyed the pressure defense, which allowed Hicks to use a 21-7 scoring edge in the frame to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
It was much of the same during the second half as Hicks methodically pulled away as Avery Coffman began to find the range. The Lady Pirates outscored Anacoco, 29-22, over the final 16 minutes of play to grab the win.
Quinn led the Lady Pirates with a game-high 26 points, while Stephens and Coffman were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Bella Henry was the lone Anacoco player in double figures with 17 points.
Anacoco Indians….58
Hicks PIrates…..28
Defense was the name of the game for the Anacoco Indians as well in the second half of the varsity doubleheader as they limited Hicks to just 10 made field goals in a 58-28 triumph Monday night at Simpson High School.
The first quarter was a defensive slugfest which saw Anacoco open up an 11-8 lead after eight minutes of play. But the second quarter saw Hicks go ice cold from the floor, allowing the Indians to put together a 13-4 run to go into the intermission with a 24-12 advantage.
It was all Anacoco in the second half as the Indians put together a very balanced scoring effort, while also getting some solid play off the bench en route to the easy victory.
Chase Taylor paced Anacoco with 10 points, while Emanuel Luzardo added 10 points. Brayden Prichard recorded nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Dustin Welch added nine points, including an emphatic dunk that brought the crowd to a fever pitch.
The lone player in double figures for the Pirates was Hayden Doyle, who finished with 13 points.