HIBBING — The one thing Hibbing Community College women’s basketball coach Kate Brau wants her team to do is get better with each game.
If the Cardinals are having a tough time, then it’s up to them to figure out what’s wrong and correct it.
Against Vermilion, Hibbing did that and came away with a 101-49 MCAC Northern Division victory over the Ironwomen Wednesday at Cardinal Gymnasium.
That was the kind of improvement Brau was looking for.
“There were moments when things weren’t going well, and we figure it out,” Brau said. “That was a good sign today because we got out to that great start in the first quarter, then we got away from the things that we working for us in the second.
“At halftime, we looked to reset, and we had a better third, and a better fourth. We did continue to improve after that lapse in the second quarter. A big win like this is always appreciated.”
It looked like the Cardinals were their old selves to start the game, as Hibbing started fast, scoring 27 points in the first quarter to lead 27-9, but after that, things weren’t clicking quite as well.
The Cardinals started getting lethargic in the second quarter, but Vermilion didn’t take advantage of that, scoring only 13 points in the second 10 minutes of play.
“We struggle at times where when shots aren’t falling, that impacts our defense,” Brauk said. “That needs to be the other way around. When shots aren’t falling, we need to start generating offense through our defense and rebounding.
“We’ve had those lapses through the season, and we continue to teach. Low and behold, in the third and fourth quarters, when we started playing defense again and rebounding, we started to score.”
Hibbing may have regrouped at the half, but the Cardinals still came out lethargic to start the third quarter.
Some of that had to do with how the Ironwomen run their offense.
“They’re the type of team that wants to slow it down,” Brau said. “They play a slow style of game. We tuned into that to the point where it affected our defense. As a result, we were getting out of position.
“It wasn’t our best defensive game, that’s for certain. I’m glad we still held them to 49 points, but we have to take a look at this, and make sure it gets better before Saturday.”
Hibbing did pick it up in the middle of the third, going on a 22-9 run to lead 66-39 after three.
There was nothing wrong with Hibbing’s fourth quarter, but the Cardinals did take advantage of a 5-on-3 situation with three Ironwomen fouled out of the game.
The Cardinals did get four players in double figures led by Alexis Desjarlait with 30. Hannah Morris had 20, Shauna Kavajcez 18 and Klaryssa Whelan 15.
Terri Sutton had 15 for Vermilion, followed by TayVeonia Mathis with 13 and Naomi Isbel 10.
VCC 9 13 17 10 — 49
HCC 27 13 26 35 — 101
Vermilion: TayVeonia Mathis 13, Alexis Hughes 6, Lauren Huchel 2, Naomi Isbel 10, Terri Sutton 15, Jade Evans 3.
Hibbing: Stacie Lokken 4, Alexis Desjarlait 30, Hannah Morris 20, Shauna Kavajcez 18, Klaryssa Whelan15, Sherea’ Cherenfant 4, Rachel Scott 4, Savannah Deragon 4, Savannah Duffy 2.
Total Fouls: Vermilion 21; Hibbing 9; Fouled Out: Sutton, Hughes, Isbel; Free Throws: Vermilion 5-6; Hibbing 25-31; 3-pointers: Mathis, Sutton, Desjarlait 2, Kavajcez 2, Whelan 2.