Hennessey didn’t manage a field goal in the fourth quarter, but did manage to hang on for the win.
The Lady Eagles staved off Crooked Oak’s comeback Friday with a 38-34 road win to move to 2-0.
Both teams cooled considerably after a torrid first quarter ended in a 17-17 tie.
Hennessey built its lead over the next two quarters, outscoring the Ruf-Nex 18-9.
However, after claiming that lead, Hennessey could only muster three free throws in the fourth quarter.
It was enough. Hennessey’s scoring was spread out as Katie Kennedy led the way with nine points.
Noelle Pollard added seven while Yuridia Rios and Emily Goff added six apiece.
Hennessey is now 2-0 on the year.
Crooked Oak comes up big in 2nd half
Hennessey’s defense struggled to slow Crooked Oak in the second half and it resulted in the Eagles’ first loss of the season.
The Ruf-Nex scored 39 second-half points to claim a 59-55 win on their home court Friday night.
The Eagles held Tymier Adkins-Freeman and Kderic Vick Jr. without a field goal in the first half and led 25-20 at the break.
That duo then combined for 29 points in the second half.
Both scored seven in the second quarter as The Ruf-Next pulled within three.
Adkins-Freeman then added 10 in the fourth quarter and went 5 of 6 from the foul line to put Crooked Oak on top.
He finished with 23 while Vick scored 14.
That was enough to overcome what was a dominant second half by Hennessey’s Jael Torres.
He scored 22 points over the final two quarters and finished with a game-high 29.
However, only three Eagles scored in the second half.
One of them was Layton Choate, who ended his night with 13 points.
James Sims scored six, but none after the first quarter.
Hennessey was 1-1 after the loss while Crooked Oak moved to 4-0.
Eagles open Frontier Shootout with win
Hennessey made sure there was no losing streak as it came back from its first loss with a victory in the opening round of the Frontier Shootout.
The Eagles pulled away in the second half Monday to defeat Blackwell 55-36. (Note: The HHS girls didn’t play in the tournament until Tuesday after press time.)
Sims didn’t play in the game, but Torres helped pick up the slack.
He scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Fifteen of those points came in the first half as Hen-nessey staked a 28-23- lead.
The second half saw Hennessey outscore the Maroons by 14.
Choate scored seven of his 12 in the final two quarters.
The Eagles also got seven apiece from Garett Vinson and Hunter Weber.