Emma Bockrath interview can be found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkddX-uA-S0.
Alter’s Bockrath owned the first quarter scoring 11 points in the period for the Knights giving them the lead 15-7 at the end of one. Jenica Schrock led the Lady Hawks with three points in the first.
The Lady Hawks opened the second quarter on a 8-0 run with Emily Yoder hitting a 3-pointer and Brittany Miller and Regina Hostetler eached scored a bucket in that run. Super freshman Braxtin Miller buried a deep three in the Reese Center for Alter to end the Hiland run and the Knights led 18-16 with just under four minutes to play in the second.
It might be the depth of Hiland that is keeping them in the game as the first half goes on. Head Coach Dave Schlabach of Hiland kept a fresh five Lady Hawks on the floor at all times.
Once the Hawks took the lead at 16-15, Alter’s answer was a 6-0 run of their own on Emma Bockrath three-point play the old fashion way and a Braxtin Miller 3-pointer. Alter took the lead 21-16 with 2:16 to play in the first half.
An Emily Yoder 3-pointer was the only basket in the final two minutes of the first half and Hiland trailed by just 2 points at the break 21-19.
After the break it was the Knights coming out strong to the tune of a 10-3 run that saw the potential of freshman Braxtin Miller again as the frosh scored six of the ten points for Alter in the run.
Alter wasn’t done there though as they continued to pour it on in the third making it a 16-3 run before Schrock was able to hit a shot from the baseline to stop the bleeding, but the Lady Hawks still trailed 37-24 with just over two minutes to play in the third period.
Maddie Bazelak, a senior, made a three and and hit a jumper in the lane for the final five points of the third and Alter led 42-26 heading to the final period.
In the fourth quarter it was like the Lady Hawks were playing themselves, just the other team was 3 inches taller. The height of the Knights definitely factored in the outcome. Each rebound was an effort in itself for the Lady Hawks who clawed and clawed keeping the game with 10-12 points the whole quarter, but never got within striking distance.
Hostetler turned in a great performance in the fourth quarter with 11 points, but it was too late and the Hawks fell to the Div. II State contender Alter by 17 points, 58-41.
The Hawks were led by Hostetler with 15 points and Emily Yoder had 10, all in the first half.
Alter was led by Emma Bockrath with 19 points, the sensational frosh Miller finished with 13 and Maddie Bazelak had 11.