GARY | Megan Holland is a threat to score every time she gets the ball under the basket.
It doesn't matter if the Indiana Northwest senior forward gives up a little height in the post. The RedHawks will always look for their leading scorer.
Despite a Moody Bible Institute front court that included 6-foot-3 Jenna Bloodworth, Holland erupted for 17 first-half points and 21 overall as Indiana Northwest cruised to a 73-50 win over the Archers on the RedHawks' homecoming.
“Moody had a big front line, but we didn't want that to discourage us from getting the ball inside,” RedHawks coach Ryan Shelton said. “We thought that we could move the ball, set the perimeter and get some touches with our good 3-point shooters. We spaced the floor well to get the ball inside to Megan, and she did a good job of finishing.”
Holland, who was honored before the start of the men's game for eclipsing the 1,000-point mark in her college career Saturday, became a force inside early on and ended with a 10-for-14 effort from the field.
The RedHawks (13-7) limited the Archers to just 17 first-half points and forced 26 turnovers.
“I think in the first half it worked really well,” Holland said of the RedHawks' defense. “We came out and trapped them. In the second half, we kind of broke down a little bit. They were breaking our press, and our court awareness was not as good in the second half.”
The RedHawks were outscored 33-28 in the second half. With a tough schedule coming up, Shelton knows the RedHawks have to keep up the strong effort for all 40 minutes.
“Our second unit came in, and we wanted to rest people, because we have a big game Saturday (at St. Mary-of-the-Woods),” Shelton said. “We need to do a better job of finishing games.”
In the men's game, the RedHawks survived some scares from the Archers to earn an 83-72 win.
Brandon Grubl hit five 3-pointers, and Quentin Palmer went 7-for-9 from the field, each leading the RedHawks (5-15) with 22 points. Hebron grad Cody Artuso added 19 points and seven rebounds, and the RedHawks forced 19 turnovers.
In the second half, Indiana Northwest led by as much as 15 at one point, but a 6-for-12 3-point shooting effort by the Archers in the second half kept the RedHawks from completely pulling away.