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Herald photo by Jim Gries/Oskaloosa’s Haley Brostrom dribbles around a Boone defender in the first half of the Indians’ 43-26 win Friday night.

OSKALOOSA — The first game after a long layoff tends to have a little sluggish play.

For much of the first half, that was the operative word as Oskaloosa and Boone combined for just nine field goals in 44 attempts — 20 percent shooting — and just 22 points.

Scoring for the Indians warmed up considerably in the second half as they went on to down the Toreadors 43-26 Friday night in Little Hawkeye Conference action.

Oskaloosa put up 28 points in the second half and made nine of 16 shots from the floor in the second half.

With just one win in the last eight games, Oskaloosa coach Travis Stout was glad to come out with a win.

“It was a little bit ugly, but wins have not come easy for us and I’m just thrilled we got one tonight,” he said. “I thought our girls really picked up the pace defensively. That’s something we stressed over break and it was nice to see us take that from the practices and do in the game.”

Boone (3-7 overall, 1-6 LHC) had just one field goal in the first quarter — a 3-pointer by Nicole Beer that tied the game at 3 at the 6:06 mark — and went more than 11 minutes without a point. That scoring drought ended on a basket from the left corner by Emily Tripp.

The duo of Amber Knoot and Trisha Van Dusseldorp scored the next 11 points to close of the opening period while Boone had five turnovers and misfired on its final five shots from the field in the quarter.

The Indians (4-7, 2-5) tallied just a single free throw by Haley Brostrom with 1:53 left in the second quarter for the only point they put up in the period.

Still, they led 15-7 at intermission and the final margin of 18 points was the largest the Indians enjoyed.

Oskaloosa had a commanding rebound advantage as it grabbed 39 rebounds to Boone’s 25, yet Stout was not pleased how the Toreadors got most of their rebounds in the second half.

“You have to tip your hat to them. They’re really a pesky team that works really hard,” Stout said. “They were just outhustling us on the rebounds. We called a timeout to get their attention and I thought they finished the game well rebounding. We’ve got to get better in that area.”

Coming up big for Oskaloosa in the second half was Paige Fynaardt as she tallied all 10 of her points after halftime.

Despite playing with a bandaged right shoulder, the senior forward grabbed eight rebounds and scored four of her six fourth-quarter points in the final two minutes.

Oskaloosa hosts Newton Tuesday to close out the first half of the conference season.

Oskaloosa 43, Boone 26

Boone 3 4 10 9 — 26

Oskaloosa 14 1 15 13 — 43

BOONE (26) — Britta Martin 3 1-2 8, Lindsay Greiner 2 1-4 5, Nicole Beer 2 0-0 6, Hannah Worrall 2 0-1 3, Danielle Ballard 1 0-3 2, Emily Tripp 1 0-0 2, Dani Ellsworth 0 0-1 0. Totals 10-52 2-11 26.

3-point goals — 4 (Beer 2, Martin, Worrall). Rebounds —25. Steals — 2. Blocks — 2. Total fouls — 17. Turnovers — 18.

OSKALOOSA (43) — Haley Brostrom 2 3-5 6, Caitlin Hadden 2 3-5 7, Amber Knoot 4 0-0 8, Paige Fynaardt 4 2-5 10, Trisha Van Dusseldorp 3 2-2 10, Lindsay Ballard 1 0-2 2, Sarah Sterner 0 0-0 0, Jessica Bixler 0 0-0 0, Nakeesha Van Wyk 0 0-0 0. Totals 15-40 10-19 43.

3-point goals — 3 (Van Dusseldorp 2, Brostrom). Rebounds —39 (Knoot 11, Hadden 8 Fynaardt 8). Steals — 6 (Brostrom 2, Van Dusseldorp 2). Assists — 9 (Hadden 3, Fynaardt 2, Van Dusseldorp 2). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 17.


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