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HOPE — Whatever Hauser coach Scott Seiple said to his team at halftime of the game against Edinburgh at Hauser on Tuesday night, it worked like a charm.

The Jets were able to shut down the Lancers’ leading scorer, senior forward Jennifer Stinson, who had 19 points in the first half. They held her to just two points in the second half, allowing for a 51-29 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.

The two teams stayed pretty even throughout the first half, with Hauser utilizing six of its top players to put points on the board. Edinburgh, on the other hand, relied heavily on Stinson, who had 19 of the team’s 23 first-half points.

The game headed into halftime with the Jets up 28-23.

Hauser (4-5, 2-2) came out of the locker room re-energized, quickening the pace significantly and outscoring the Lancers (2-7, 0-1) 14-2 in the third quarter. The Jets then continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.

“I’m very proud of how we performed defensively tonight,” Seiple said. “We knew Stinson is a very good player, and we did a good job adjusting at halftime so that we were able to shut her down and that made a big difference.”

Leslie Sims led the scoring for Hauser with 14 points, and was 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. Ellie Trotter followed with 12 points, and Paige Miller added 11.

Edinburgh coach Bob White knows his team needs to figure out a way to move the ball more efficiently in order to utilize its talent.

“We are just not playing good basketball right now,” White said. “We are not playing to our potential. They shut Stinson down, and we did not get the play that we needed from our point guards tonight in order to create opportunities.”

Stinson added two points in the second half to finish with 21. Mariah Weddle and Maile Cox both added four points for the Lancers.

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