Local Sports Journal

Hesperia kept up for one quarter, before the Holton girls took control and cruised to a 61-31 win Monday in Central State Activities Association basketball.

Holton led 12-11 at the first buzzer, extended its advantage to eight at halftime, then lowered the boom by outscoring the Panthers 37-13 in the second half.

“After the first quarter our defense settled in nicely,” said Holton coach Jayson Robins. “Rachel (Younts) helped us set the tone for the second half with four steals and eight points in the first three minutes of the third quarter.”

Younts finished with a game-high 22 points and seven steals for Holton. Katie Wildfong and Jacki Stone added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Stone also had five rebounds.

Mariah Still led Hesperia with 11 points and Lauren Zeerip scored nine points.