The Hauser girls basketball team overcame several bumps in the road throughout the game and managed to come away with a 59-57 victory over the host Greensburg Pirates.
The Jets came out aggressively on offense to build a comfortable lead. The defense, however, was sloppy.
The Jets fell into foul trouble, putting Greensburg in the double bonus before the first quarter even ended. Greensburg attempted 15 free throws, making 10 of them, before Hauser had its first free throws of the game.
Even so, Hauser managed a 23-18 lead after eight minutes.
Hauser coach Brad Hamilton knows his team must shore up the defense if it expects to have success.
“We need to move our feet more and not reach-in so much.” Hamilton said. “The other thing is we need to do is match up quicker because we let them get too deep and get too many easy baskets.”
Hauser worked its way to a 33-27 at halftime, but sophomore starter Paige Miller went down with a left knee injury as she was fouled on a lay-up attempt and landed awkwardly.
Miller was helped off the floor by her teammates, but she didn’t re-enter the game.
Miller’s absence was noticed as Greensburg cut the lead to 46-44 by the end of the third quarter.
The Pirates took a 47-46 lead early in the fourth quarter, and it appeared they might be taking charge. However, the Jets took the lead back on their next possession and kept it the rest of the way. Hauser made critical free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Leslie Sims led the Jets with 17 points. Ellie Trotter added 11 points. Miller had 8 points before going down with the injury.
“Unfortunately, I don’t know the extent of her injury yet.” Hamilton said.