In a battle between two 6A squads, the Hornets hot shooting propelled 5-15 Henning past 1-19 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, 75-50.
In the first half, the Hornets took advantage of WHN’s struggles with closing out by using a strong dribble drive attack. Sophomore guard Sam Fisher had 14 points in the half, primarily off up pull up jumpers and catch and shoot threes. The majority of the first half Henning points in the paint came on second chance opportunities, as sophomore forwards Adam Lange and Jacob Quam had a combined 9 points in the half off of offensive rebounds. WHN had just 6 defensive rebounds in the half, and were lead by Nelson Schmidt, Isaac Wilson, and Zach Stueve with 4 points a piece.
In the second half, Henning went right back to their offensive attack, as Fisher picked up another 11 points to give him the game-high total of 25. Junior guard Bryce Rach found his jumper as well, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half. The Warriors lack of floor spacing in the game (1 of 13 from three) continued to haunt them, as Henning was able to comfortably load up the post with sagging defense that denied WHN any room to drive into the paint, along with shutting down passing lanes to Wilson (6-7 shooting, 12 points).
The Warriors shot just 38% in the game, and pulled down only 22 boards (10 defensive).
Final: Henning 75, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 50.
By The Numbers:
Points: Wilson 12
Rebounds: Schmidt 7 (5 offensive)
Assists: Eric Berger 4, Schmidt 4
Steals: Schmidt 2
Blocks: Matt Thielen 2, Stueve 2
Points: S. Fisher 25
Stats taken courtesy of Thomas Breach. Image of Henning gym taken by Thomas Breach, © Thomas Breach 2017