BETHLEHEM, Pa. — After losing its opening game of the NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Tournament on Thursday, the Hibbing Community College women’s basketball team rebounded in a big way on Friday.
The Cardinals faced Anne Arundel for the right to play for the consolation championship and it was no contest in a game played in Bethlehem, Pa. Hibbing led 22-11 after one quarter and went into halftime leading 42-28. HCC came out flying in the third quarter and outscored Anne Arundel 33-14 to take a commanding 75-42 advantage into the final quarter.
In Hibbing’s loss to Western Tech on Thursday, the Cardinals committed 32 turnovers. On Friday they turned the tables on Anne Arundel as they forced 34 turnovers while turning the ball over just 12 times themselves.
Hibbing coach Kate Brau said it was a good performance by her team coming off a loss on Thursday.
“It was nice to get back to ourselves,” said Brau. “Yesterday was a day where we played out of sorts and weren’t our usual selves. So to come out and have a defensive intensity that caused us to convert on offense and ultimately shoot the ball much better than the day before was good.”
Brau said the Cardinals were able to play her bench extensively in the game and everyone was able to score in the national tournament.
“It was a happy day; everybody got to score. We shot the ball well including making 13 3-pointers from behind the arc,” Brau explained. “It was nice to compete the way that we did and we want to carry that over to Saturday.”
Hannah Morris led the Cardinals with 21 points while also pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out four assists, recording four steals and blocking two shots. Sherae’ Cherenfant scored 18 points while recording 11 assists and Alexis Desjarlait had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Klaryssa Whelan also scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Madeline Mann was 3-for-3 from 3-point land to finish with nine points in 12 minutes. Savannah Duffy scored seven points and had five rebounds while Savannah Deragon had six points. Nashwauk-Keewatin product Stacie Lokken finished with five points.
Lacey Hinkle led Anne Arundel with 19 points with three 3-pointers and nine rebounds and Sarah Healy had 17 points and 18 rebounds. Marcelaine Augustin had eight points while Karley Haensler and Hannah Lieb both added seven.
Hibbing will play Passaic County, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, today 2 p.m. Eastern time (1 p.m. Central) for the national consolation championship.
“We hope with the amount of minutes all of our players got to play today that it will keep us fresh for Saturday,” the coach said. “Passaic has a short bench and not a lot of depth so we certainly want to look to exploit our depth on Saturday.
“The bottom line is that it is special to be at the national tournament. We are one of eight teams and the worst now that we can finish is sixth. We will either be the fifth or sixth best team in the nation and that is something to be incredibly proud of.
“This has been an amazing experience for this team and we couldn’t be happier about this season.”
Anne Arundel 11 17 14 18—60
Hibbing 22 20 33 25—100
Anne Arundel: Marcelaine Augustin 8, Karley Haensler 7, Hannah Lieb 7, Lacey Hinkle 19, Sarah Healy 17, Caitlyn Stanbery 2.
Hibbing: Sherae’ Cherenfant 18, Alexis Desjarlait 15, Hannah Morris 21, Shauna Kavajecz 4, Klaryssa Whelan 15, Stacie Lokken 5, Madeline Mann 9, Savannah Deragon 6, Savannah Duffy 7
Total Fouls: AA 14; Hibbing 12; Fouled Out: None; 3-pointers: AA, Haensler, Hinkle 3; Hibbing, Cherenfant 2, Desjarlait, Morris, Whelan 2, Lokken, Mann 3, Deragon 2, Duffy; Free throws: AA 12-of-19; Hibbing 11-of-14.