ON GUARD: Shawe’s Maddie Waller (above) looks to pass out of a Hauser double team of Jordan McDaniel (left) and Leslie Sims. The Hilltoppers’ Jenna Armstrong (below) drives on Hauser’s Abby Ashbrook. Hauser took a big early lead and coasted to a 51-23 win in Madison. (Staff photos by David Hill)
ON GUARD: Shawe’s Maddie Waller (above) looks to pass out of a Hauser double team of Jordan McDaniel (left) and Leslie Sims. The Hilltoppers’ Jenna Armstrong (below) drives on Hauser’s Abby Ashbrook. Hauser took a big early lead and coasted to a 51-23 win in Madison. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Hauser built a huge lead by halftime and coasted to a one-sided 61-23 win over Shawe in girls basketball Thursday at the Hilary Meny Gymnasium.

Hauser's defense made numerous steals throughout the game and forced the Hilltoppers into turnovers and rushed shots.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes," Shawe coach Camille Deuser said. "We didn't come ready to play in the first half and they beat us to loose balls."

The Jets used a pair of 3-pointers and a balanced scoring attack to build as 21-7 lead by the end of the opening period. The second quarter was almost a carbon copy where Hauser outscored the Hilltoppers 16-7 to lead 37-14 at halftime.

Hauser's Leslie Sims, who led all scorers with 13 points, had nine of those in the first half. Shawe's Taylor Grote, who led her team with 10 points, scored eight of those in the first half.

Neither team could get things started in the third quarter after Hauser's Erynn Shaw hit a free throw and Grote hit a basket. The score remained 38-14 until the final minute where the Jets' Abby Ashbrook knocked down a trey and a deuce and Jordan McDaniel - who had 11 points off the bench - hit a pair of deuces.

Even though Shawe was outscored 24-9 in the second half, Deuser was happy with her team's play.

"We played much better in spots. Our defense forced them to turn the ball over," Deuser said. "We still need to take control when we get the ball off a turnover, though. A lot of the time we give it right back."

If there's anything Deuser can take from the game, it's the fact her team needs to be more mentally into the game at the start.

"We need to be better prepared and focused," she said.

Besides Grote's 10 points, Jenna Armstrong and Maddie Waller were next for Shawe with five each.

Shawe returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against Horizon Christian in the opener of a girls-boys home doubleheader.

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THURSDAY's GIRLS GAME

at Madison

HAUSER 61, SHAWE 23



HAUSER 21 16 10 14 - 61

SHAWE 7 7 2 7 - 23



HAUSER (5-5) - (g)Sims 13, McDaniel 11, (f)Trotter 8, (g)Lange 7, Ashbrook 7, Sneed 4, (c)Shaw 3, (f)Miller 3, Jordan 3, Lortz 2.

SHAWE (3-7) - (g)Grote 10, (g)Armstrong 5, (g)Waller 5, (f)Storm 2, Rios-Garcia 1, (f)Moore 0, Scroggins 0, Koehler 0, Fry 0.



3-Point Goals - Hauser 4 (Sims 1, Miller 1, Trotter 1, Ashbrook 1), Shawe 0. Total Fouls - Hauser 19, Shawe 21. Free Throws - Hauser 11-27, Shawe 9-19. Fouled Out - Shawe: Grote. Next Game - Hauser hosts Knightstown Saturday. Shawe hosts Horizon Christian Saturday.