Ava Hawthorne became Gilbert’s all-time leading scorer in Wednesday’s Class 4A regional quarterfinal game with Storm Lake in Gilbert.
She broke the 25-year-old record of 1,379 points set by Tina Zitrich in 1997. Hawthorne did it in her last game at Gilbert.
The Tigers cruised to a 78-27 win over the Tornadoes to advance to 14-8 and advance to the regional semifinals to face 15th-ranked Spencer (15-7). Gilbert opened the game in the second quarter and completely passed Storm Lake in the second half, beating the Tornadoes 44-10 in the final two quarters.
Rookie Mia Kautman also had a big game off the bench to help Gilbert earn the decisive victory.
Here’s what we learned from Gilbert’s decisive win to start the playoffs:
Ava Hawthorne is brilliant
Hawthorne scored 30 points to become Gilbert’s all-time leading scorer. She made 10 of 16 field goals, 6 of 10 3-pointers and 4 of 5 free throws.
She had a great all-around game, also recording seven assists, six steals, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
“Ava Hawthorne was excellent in all phases,” Gilbert’s head coach Mike Frisk said.
Hawthorne’s new career mark sits at 1,383 points heading into Saturday’s regional semifinals.
Freshman Mia Kautman provides a spark
Hawthorne was the star of the show Wednesday night. But Kautman was a worthy co-star after lighting up Storm Lake for 19 points off the bench.
Kautman hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and was 7 for 8 overall from the field. She also had two interceptions.
Ella Henningsen finished with 10 points and two rebounds and Sydney Lynch added seven points, three steals and two assists. Mollie Schnormeier had four points. Skylar Hillmann had three points, three assists and three steals, Raney Kruse had three points, three rebounds and two assists and steals each, and Adi Siegel added two points.
Spencer will be next for Gilbert women’s basketball
Gilbert now turns his attention to Spencer.
Spencer, also dubbed the Tigers, received a quarterfinal bye after crushing Sioux City North in their final game of the regular season, 63-21.
Spencer is led by senior Allison Piercy (12.1 points and five rebounds per game), junior Jada Piercy (10.4 points and 2.4 assists per game) and senior Haley Berends (10.0 points and 4 .6 rebounds per game).