Haynes leads Van Buren to third straight win
KEOSAUQUA — With the game in question midway through the fourth quarter Tuesday, Van Buren handed the ball off to senior Hanna Haynes.
Haynes didn’t disappoint, scoring her team’s final seven points, and the Warriors held off visiting Danville to claim a 40-31 victory in SEISC South action.
Haynes scored 19 points overall to go along with an eye-popping 20 rebounds, nine blocks and three steals, as the Warriors improved to 3-0. Danville fell to 1-5 with its second loss in a row.
Despite the clutch play from Haynes, the Warriors struggled on the offensive end for a majority of the game. After opening up a 24-14 lead at the half, the Warriors were outscored 9-7 in the third quarter and were hit by a four-minute scoreless drought spanning the third and fourth periods. The Warriors led wire-to-wire, but stubborn Danville never trailed by more than 13 points thanks to their thorny full-court man-to-man.
“We were just forcing the ball too much and trying to run their game, which was uptempo,” said Matt Zeitler, Van Buren’s head coach. “They’re green, but they’ll learn they need to dictate their own tempo.”
On the plus side, Zeitler saw another strong effort out of his Warriors on the defensive end Tuesday after they limited their first two opponents to just 46 points combined. Van Buren held Danville under 10 points in every quarter but the second, where the Bears scored 11.
The Warriors leapt out to a 12-1 lead at the start of the game, and Danville didn’t score its first basket until the 1-minute mark of the first quarter. Van Buren held a double-digit lead through the intermission and maintained a safe distance through the third quarter.
Danville’s Lindsay Schaffer, who scored 25 of her team’s 31 points, nailed a 3 to kick off the fourth quarter, cutting Van Buren’s lead to 31-24. Schaffer later hit a layup to keep the Bears within eight, but Haynes staved off the potential comeback with three makes in the final three minutes.
In addition to Haynes, senior Payten Hughes scored nine points and hauled in 12 rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson totaled eight points, three assists and three steals, and senior Jordan Billups came through with four points and three dimes. Shayla Filson had three rebounds and Sarah Wells handed out two assists from the bench.
Zeitler said Danville provided good preparation for Van Buren’s conference clash with Burlington Notre Dame this coming Saturday.
“That’s the first time we’ve seen anybody play full court man-to-man, which was good because we’re going to see that Saturday night [against Notre Dame],” said Zeitler.
But before the Warriors make the trip to Burlington, they will be back in action at home Friday against West Burlington.
Van Buren vs. Danville
DANVILLE — 3 11 9 8 — 31
VAN BUREN — 12 12 7 9 — 40
VAN BUREN — Haynes 9 1-3 19, Hughes 3 3-4 9, Johnson 3 1-3 8, Billups 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 5-10 40.
3-point goals — Johnson 1. Rebounds — Haynes 20, Hughes 12, Billups 4, Filson 3. Assists — Johnson 3, Billups 3, Wells 2, Rider 1. Steals — Haynes 3, Johnson 3, Atwood 1, Rider 1, Billups 1. Blocks — Haynes 9, Billups 1.