Senior Connor Hehli had a great night to open the 2013-14 campaign for the North Mahaska Warhawks. He scored 21 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots to help his team to a 45-27 win over Tri-County.
North Mahaska collected 30 rebounds with Hehli and Trent Roose grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with Hehli’s effort to combine for more than two-thirds of the team total.“I expected it to be a rusty game for the first time out,” said North Mahaska coach Jeff Phillips. “It was good to have (A.J.) Hibler back after not being out last year and getting his legs under him.
Our discipline has to get better. We were not very disciplined at times. The kids have to understand what we are trying to tell them. That is something that the coach have to work on.”Tri-County’s Nick Watts and Austin Blythe each scored nine points, and Jake Brumbaugh added five.
North Mahaska scored the first nine points holding the Trojans at bay for the first five minutes of the game while building a 9-0 lead. Hehli collected eight of his team’s 14 second-quarter points for a 25-13 lead at intermission.Hibler brought the partisan crowd to their feet opening the second half with a pair of three-pointers. Hehli picked up his third foul, but still managed eight more points. Tri-County could have closed the gap some as the Trojans were 6-for-16 from the charity stripe. They were no match for North Mahaska’s inside-outside game.North Mahaska will host Montezuma Friday.