Shooter Hager Stuns Cardinals
Karsyn Hager has developed a sort of pre-game regimen.
“In warmups I like to take a lot of reps shooting, and it helps when I shoot farther out,” Hager said. “I’ll take a lot of farther shots and that helps me, so when you’re closer a regular three is easier to shoot.”
Panthers coach Jen Brossart said the 5’9″ forward experienced a couple of low scoring games.
“I think the thing about Karsyn is we just wanted her to get scoring again,” Brossart said. “The last couple of games she’s just kind of shied away from even shooting the ball, and part of that’s just being a freshman. And we’ve told these girls ‘There is no class anymore, it doesn’t matter. You’re on the varsity basketball team and when you go out there, you gotta shoot. Regardless of whether you’re a freshman, 7th grader or whatever, if you’re on the floor, your job is to get the ball in the hole.'”
Hager said: “[Coach Brossart] told me to shoot the ball, so I shot the ball.”
On Monday evening, Hager came in off the bench, shooting the ball for 26 points-18 of them from outside-in a 93-9 victory against a very young Nedrose Cardinals squad.
Hager shined in the second half, putting down two 3-pointers within 30 seconds of each other. She then got another around the 5:31 mark, followed by a fifth a minute later. Her sixth of the night followed 20 seconds afterward.
“She [Hager] got her confidence back, that’s something we needed coming later on in the season,” Brossart said.
The Panther defense held the Cardinals to just single digit scores all 32 minutes of the game. Their first points of the game came with 4:54 left on the clock in the first quarter, with an inside shot from eighth-grader Hailey Roberts.
The Cardinals doubled that in the second quarter with sophomore guard Mikalyn Berglof and freshman forward Mindee Boyce each contributing two. Boyce scored again halfway into the third quarter. In the fourth, Roberts had the only score of the quarter by making 1 of 2 attempts from the charity stripe.
“We expected it would be a tough game for us,” Cardinals head coach Charles Miller said. “This is our first season, we haven’t had a high school team before. That was kind of where it was at; we did as well as we could, hopefully we’ll do better next time.”
The Panthers played Velva on Thursday and are playing Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood on the Our Redeemer’s* campus today.
(*EDIT: The Girls’ varsity games will be played in the main gym at Our Redeemer’s Christian School. The print version listed the Minot State campus.)
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