Pair of victories cap Snowcoming
Tigers rule basketball court; Gann, Hellyer named king and queen
After a week of dress-up days and pep rallies, Hayden High School capped off its 2004 Snowcoming celebration with basketball victories by both the boys and girls teams and by crowning Trevor Gann and Millie Hellyer as king and queen. Hellyer’s father, David Hellyer, was crowned Snowcoming king in 1977.
The girls game came down to the last shot, but Hayden’s rebounding domination in the first half was enough to shrug off the West Grand Mustangs, 47-44, on Friday night.
The Tiger girls grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in the first half alone, scoring on many second, third and fourth opportunities.
The day before the game, the Hayden girls practiced rebounding with a giant pad borrowed from the football team, Tigers’ coach Jayme Adams said.
“We’ve been working on getting stronger underneath the basket,” Adams said. “We’ve been working on post moves like the drop step, and it seems it’s been working. In this game; they were grabbing rebounds even with other players hanging on to them.”
Hayden’s Jamie Waugh had a simpler explanation: “I think (West Grand) just forgot to go up and rebound,” she said.
Waugh grabbed seven offensive rebounds and 10 overall. She also led the team in points with 18, including all eight points scored in the third quarter. Alycia Boyd also was strong in crashing the boards, grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 14 points.
The boys game also was decided in the fourth quarter.
Chris Frentress calls it concentration with a little bit of luck. Whatever it was, Frentress was perfect in the fourth quarter of Hayden’s 60-55 victory over the West Grand Mustangs.
Frentress sank eight of eight free throws in the fourth quarter. Like his teammates, he said desire was a factor.
“They used to try to score a hundred points on us,” Frentress said, “so we really wanted to win this one.”
The Tigers didn’t show the desire starting out, though. Jared Alpe scored four quick points, and then the Tigers slumped, failing to get the ball back inside for a high percentage of shots.
West Grand maintained a three-point lead from the first quarter to halftime, with a lot of help from star point guard Tyler Terryberry, who scored 10 points in both halves.
“He’s pretty quick,” said Frentress who, along with Cam Whiteman, guarded Terryberry. “We really had to focus on guarding him. He’s one of the best guards in the league.”
Whiteman managed to control Terryberry and disrupt the Mustangs’ offense throughout the game. Whiteman had three steals in the third quarter and often was on the floor, diving after loose balls.
Hayden’s offense began to pick up in the second half, when the Tigers got more patient with their shots and began to get more comfortable, Baumgartner said.
The Tigers began to pull away when Evan Hilling sank his third 3-pointer in the half, and then Frentress went on his free-throw scoring spree.
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