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Hawks give Huskies a taste of Berlin basketball

A trip to the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center in Berlin proved to be a tough learning experience for Northwestern as it wandered out of the Wayne County Athletic League and fell to Hiland.

The Huskies did cut into a big Hawks (11-0) lead midway through the second quarter to pull within seven at 28-21, before Hiland turned up the heat.  Northwestern (9-4) would only score eight more points the rest of the way.

"Hiland moves the ball extremely well and they have plenty of weapons," said Huskies coach Sid Cline.  "They are just simply a very good team, that knows how to play some very tough defense.  Still it was a good game for us.  We will take something from this and learn and become better for it."

Hawks' standout Jena Stutzman was held to just seven points, but as Cline said, Hiland has an arsenal.  Kristi Yoder led the barrage with 18 points and Karli Mast netted 15 for the hosts.  Mykeila Mast and Katelyn Stuckey scored eight and seven points, respectively.

The hosts were dominant across the board as they ruled the glass (39-27), turnovers (25-11), second-chance points (23-3) and bench points (23-6).  Yoder led the board patrol with nine rebounds and Hilary Weaver paced the offense with 10 assists for Hiland.

Northwestern was led by Kim Bowman with 10 points and eight rebounds as the Huskies' post standout, Kara Koch, was held in check for just one point.

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