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Hauser tops conference foe

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 Hauser girls basketball coach Brad Hamilton stresses that defense is the key to his team’s success.

This proved to be true in his team’s 53-48 victory over Mid-Hoosier conference rival Morristown on Thursday night.

“Defense is everything for us,” Hamilton said. “We often struggle offensively, so we need to keep scores down, and our defense feeds our offense.”

The Jets (9-9, 4-1) used their aggressive defense to defeat the Yellow Jackets (6-7, 3-5), who struggled to find offensive rhythm. Full-court pressure forced several Morristown turnovers in the first half, which helped Hauser build a 25-22 lead at halftime.

“We struggled against Morristown last year,” Hamilton said. “To go into the locker room helped give our girls confidence and the realization they had the opportunity to win this game.”

The Jets came out playing with focus to start the second half, maintaining their defensive pressure that caused Morristown trouble bringing the ball upcourt.

“Coach Hamilton has always told us that good defense wins games,” said junior Ellie Trotter, who led Hauser with 15 points.

“It’s very important for us to stay out of foul trouble,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got some girls hurt right now and don’t have a very strong rotation.”

A strong second half from the Jets to secure the victory was important, as Hauser has often struggled coming out of halftime to maintain their focus and level of play.

“We talk a lot about coming out in the third quarter strong,” Trotter said. “It’s just a matter of coming out mentally ready to play as hard as we did in the first half.”

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