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Hennessey topples Pioneer-Pleasant Vale in home basketball sweep

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Hennessey’s starting guards combined for 50 points Friday and the Eagles managed to avenge their only loss of the season.

Angel Rodriguez scored 26 and Juan Dominguez 24 as the Eagles pasted Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 66-51 at home.

Pioneer had knocked off Hennessey 49-46 a week early in the semifi - nals of the Mustangs’ own tournament.

In that game, Rodriguez fouled out and wasn’t much of a scoring threat beyond the fi rst quarter as the Eagles struggled against the box-and-one defense.

This time around, the team handled the “junk” defense much better.

“We were more prepared for it and Angel was much more consistent,” said coach Brady Page.

Hennessey got out to a 14-5 lead.

Dominguez buried two treys in the quarter and Rodriguez scored fi ve.

The Eagles then pushed it to a double-digit lead with an 18-13 advantage in the third.

In that frame, Rodriguez poured in 10 points despite struggling at the foul line.

Dominguez scored 11 to help seal the game in the fourth, including two more 3-pointers.

The senior shooting guard is averaging 19 points a game for the Eagles.

Hennessey moved to 5-1 with the win.

The Lady Eagles won for the third time in four games to even their season record.

Hennessey started hot on offense and maintained it Friday to knock off Pioneer-Pleasant Vale 63-53 at home.

After starting the season with two straight losses, Hennessey is now 3-3.

“We’re playing better offensively,” coach Haylie Wilczek said. “We’re still struggling on the defensive end, but offense is getting better.”

Wilczek got scoring contributions from nine different players, including 20 points from Meagan Tillman.

The senior poured in 10 first-quarter points as part of a 17-11 run to open the game.

The Lady Eagles extended their lead to nine points at halftime and pushed it to double digits after three quarters.

Gracie Mills picked up the scoring slack in those middle two periods with 12 of her 14 points.

Hennessey also got eight points from Juliana Macy, all in the second half.

Tillman made four of the team’s fi ve 3-pointers.