Western women dominate game against Fort Hays

Women's Basketball

The Missouri Western Griffon women’s basketball team dominated a one sided game against Fort Hays on Saturday at the MWSU Field House 83-66.

“I’m really happy with the way we played tonight,” said Josh Keister head coach of the Griffons.

BasketballThe Griffons never trailed and the score was never tied other than at zero on the opening tipoff.

They beat up Fort Hays inside and when the Tigers doubled forward Jill Johnson and center Inga Buzoka, the perimeter players for the Griffons hit shots or cut to the basket for easy lay-ups.

On the defensive end, the Griffons held Fort Hays to 21.9 percent shooting in the first half and 9.1 percent from 3-point range.

“I thought our defense was great in the first half,” said Keister. “We made it tough for Fort Hays to get good looks on the offensive end.”

The halftime score was 36-19 Griffons. In the half they displayed a dominance they hadn’t showed all this year. Even when t the Griffons won, they didn’t go out blow some one away.

They let the other teams hang around but would pull it out in the end.

Saturday they showed a killer instinct, for the first time this season. When the Griffons got ahead, they stepped on the throat of the opponent and put Fort Hays away early. They established right from the start of the game who was the better team and didn’t let Fort Hays think any differently.

Jill Johnson led the Griffons in the first half scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds in 18 minutes of work.

“Jill is having a great year and had another one again for us tonight,” said Keister. “She just works harder than everyone.”

The second half was more of the same as the Griffons kept their lead steady at around 20 points the rest of the game.

The closest Fort Hays got in the second half was 15 points but when they did, Western answered with a 5-0 run to put the lead back to 20.

“That’s back-to-back games that we have played well,” said Keister. “Now we just have to keep it going for us.”

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