Lady Hornets down Tanner

Hatton's Mallory Lane fights in between two Tanner defenders. 

The Hatton Lady Hornets combined strong first half defense with strong second half offense to pull away from Tanner Friday night 54-42. 

The win moves Hatton to 8-1 on the season and gives them their second area win. 

"It's really big (being 2-0)," said head coach Chasta Chamness. "I feel like Tanner is the best team in our area we're going to have to compete with. To beat them here early in the season is just a huge confidence booster for my girls." 

The first half was a little sluggish for the girls on the offensive side of the ball but the defense proved stout. Kamden Kirk came alive at the end of the half to put the Hornets ahead 23-18 at the break. 

Kirk finished with 10 points in the game, as did Grace Johnson. Kailyn Quails led the scoring with 11. 

At the start of the second half the Hornets turned it on. Hatton exploded out of the gate on a 10-3 run to push the lead to 33-21 and all but ended the game. 

Tanner was never able to recover. 

"We didn't really change anything we just picked up our intensity," Chamness said. "We were moving more and started finishing around the basket. Things just started going our way." 

The win continues a strong start to the season for the Lady Hornets who have played every game but the first without star player Josie Harville, who is out for the season with an ACL injury. 

The Hornets have handled what could have been a season altering turn of events well. 

"It's been tough mentally on the girls, but they've responded well. They have decided that they're going to play this season for her," said Chamness. "They're working hard and I've had a few of my younger ones step up. Kailyn (Quails), Lillian (McGregor), Dagen (Brown), have all stepped up and started contributing more than they did last year." 

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