As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold, or in simple terms, after enough time has passed. That was the case Monday night in Lynn Farrell Arena as the Hastings College Lady Broncos exacted their revenge on the Haskell Indians Nations University Indians, winning by a final score of 98-45.
In their previous meeting back on Nov. 8, 2016, Haskell stole a victory away from Hastings College, 66-61. In what was just the Lady Broncos’ third game of the 2016-2017 season, they shot just 31 percent from the field and 24 percent from from three-point land, while the Indians shot 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Monday night was close to just the opposite. Hastings College flipped the script on Haskell showing how much they have improved in the nearly three months since the two teams’ last meeting. The Lady Broncos shot an even 50 percent from the floor while splashing in a school record-tying 16 three-pointers. Haskell made just 31 percent of their shots from the field and just 33 percent of their three-pointers. Head coach Jina Johansen spoke about how much her team has changed.
“I think they’re a different team, but we are also a different team,” Johansen said. “We, obviously, didn’t play very well the first time we played them, but played really well tonight. I thought we kind of had that look in our eye that we had something to prove based on the first time and on Saturday [against Morningside].”
Coming into Monday night’s game, the Lady Broncos had lost three of their last five games dating back to Jan 21. Johansen’s squad had a poor showing Saturday Feb. 4, in Sioux City, IA, as Morningside College earned the season sweep over Hastings College, 82-56. Johansen said the Lady Broncos were lucky Haskell was similar to the Mustangs.
“They both play a 2-2-1 zone into a 2-3,” Johansen said. “So, it is the same style. Morningside is just active, they’re really long and athletic. They’re just longer than Haskell is. . . I didn’t feel like [Haskell’s] zone bothered us as much as Morningside’s zone did.”
On the other side of the ban, Hastings College brought their own defensive intensity to the court. The Lady Broncos forced 29 turnovers out of the Indians, tallying 16 total steals. One of the freshman sensations for Hastings College, Emma Grenfell, leads the team in steals on the season and had two on Monday night. Grenfell also had a career-high 16 points. She spoke about the role she and her counterpart Shandra Farmer have played this year for the team.
“We feed off of each other when we’re making shots,” Grenfell said. “I think it’s easier to knock down your own shots, too. . .I learn a lot from watching her play. I just try and do my job when I go in for her and I think we work well together.”
Johansen spoke highly of her freshman guard duo as well.
“I think Emma took the challenge on of knowing she didn’t play great on Saturday,” Johansen said. “She took the challenge of making sure that she is ready to go today. . . She kind of caught fire and then it was almost like Shandra was like ‘okay, I better start going a little bit, too,’ and then she kind of caught fire with it. They’ve been really good all year and they really compliment each other. Sometimes we play them together a little bit as well and they had another good game again tonight.”
The freshman duo of Farmer and Grenfell has been effective all year. They have accounted for over 20 percent of the Lady Broncos’ total scoring output this season as well as over 40 steals a piece.
For a relatively young team, Hastings College hasn’t shown much weakness as their record improved to 21-6 overall. Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play will resume Saturday Feb. 11, as the Lady Broncos will travel to Yankton, SD to take on Mount Marty College. Tipoff is set for 2 pm.