Grizzlies' 1-2 punch subdues Golden Eagle girls

Post Chyanne Hack scores 24 points and guard Kylee Rogers follows with 22 in an important 70-48 Big Sky victory over Nixyaawii.

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Helix's Chyanne Hack and Nixyaawii's Miriah Withers try to get their arms around a loose ball that seems to be evading both of them during Friday night's Big Sky Conference girls game in Helix. The Grizzlies came out on top in the Eastern Division game, 70-48.

HELIX - The outside-inside duo of post Chyanne Hack and guard Kylee Rogers proved to be too much for the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles to handle here Friday night as the Grizzlies rolled to a 70-48 Big Sky Conference Eastern Division girls basketball victory here Friday night.

Hack banged inside for 24 points and seven rebounds, and Rogers shot the lights out and finished with 22 points.

"Chyanne can be very dominating, when she is on," Helix coach Dean Fouquette said. "And Rogers is our shooter. She hit some really big shots tonight."

Addie Terjeson added 12 points, three steals and three rebounds in an all-around effort for the Grizzlies.

"Addie is our leader," Fouquette said. "She runs the show and handles the ball for us."

After putting up 70 points against the division-leading Golden Eagles, Fouquette credited his defense more than his offense.

"Our press was the difference in the game," Fouquette said. "And we shot the ball well from the outside."

It is hard to argue with Fouqette when the Grizzlies managed 13 steals and caused 30 Nixyaawii turnovers.

"We picked up this half-court trap part way through the season," Fouquette said. "Our girls are athletic enough that it has worked.

"We caused some turnovers and kept them from scoring easy buckets off the press. Nixyaawii got frustrated after awhile and started getting a little careless."

Nixyaawii led 18-12 after the first quarter but trailed 29-23 at the intermission. And the Grizzlies poured it on after the break.

The tide turned right before halftime when the Golden Eagles turned the ball over four straight times. Nixyaawii didn't get off a shot in that two-and-a-half-minute span and the score went from a one point Eagles' lead to a six-point Helix advantage at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Grizzlies' lead ballooned to 12 before the Golden Eagles fought back to within 45-36 going to the fourth quarter.

But it was all Grizzlies over the final eight minutes as they outscored the Golden Eagles 25-12.

Five Grizzlies scored in the fourth period and Hack led the way with seven points.

Foul trouble plagued Nixyaawii in the second half after starting posts Mariah Withers and Kanisha Perry picked up their fourth personals in the third period and then fouled out in the fourth.

Withers finished with 14 points and 10 boards. Perry contributed six points. Perry fouled out with 3:37 remaining in the fourth and Withers followed her to the bench less than a minute later.

Chelsey Minthorn was Nixyaawii's leading scorer with 17 points.

Helix converted 18-of-27 foul shot opportunities in the game. Nixyaawii hit 9-of-18 from the line.

"We had a relentless drive on defense tonight," Fouquette said. "We weren't going to be denied. I've been saying that we're playing better and better. Tonight proved it, and this was probably our best game of the year."

Helix took an 8-3 Big Sky mark, 16-5 overall, to Echo Saturday. Nixyaawii, which fell to 9-2 and 17-3 with Friday's loss, traveled to Arlington.

NIXYAAWII (48) - Minthorn 5 5-8 17, White Owl 1 0-2 3, Perry 3 0-1 6, Moses 0 0-0 0, Edgmand 0 3-4 3, Miller 2 1-2 6, Withers 7 0-1 14, Benoist 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-18 48

HELIX (70) - Rogers 5 9-13 22, Schroeder 2 2-4 6, Terjeson 5 2-5 12, Ely 3 0-0 7, Hack 9 5-8 24, Thompson 0 1-2 0. Totals 24 18-27 70

Nixyaawii 18 5 13 12 - 48

Helix 12 17 16 25 - 70

3-point goals - Nixyaawii (Minthorn, White Owl, Miller), Helix (Rogers 2, Ely). Total fouls - Nixyaawii 19, Helix 14. Fouled Out - Nixyaawii (Perry, Withers), Helix (Rogers). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds- Helix 37 (Schroeder 9), Nixyaawii 30 (Withers 10). Turnovers - Nixyaawii 30, Helix 20.

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