Seventy-four free throws were shot in Tuesday night’s game between Hauser and Indian Creek.
Neither team shot the ball well from the line, but Indian Creek had four fewer turnovers, which helped the Braves get the 52-40 win against the Jets.
Hauser (1-6) shot 18 of 41 from the foul line and Indian Creek (5-5) hit 18 of its 33 free throws.
“(Free-throw shooting) was little sketchy there,” Indian Creek coach Brian Ferris said. “We could have possibly closed it out a lot earlier had we hit a lot of those free throws. That’s something that we’ve got to keep working on.”
Indian Creek was leading 27-20 at the half and outscored the Jets 16-2 in the third quarter to push the lead to 43-22.
Hauser started the shoot the ball better from the line, hitting 10 of their 16 fourth-quarter free throws to help close the gap. The Jets started the fourth quarter on a 15-3 run to pull within nine, but the Braves hung on for the win.
“I think we started off pretty well and we were wanting to get some flow and transition,” Ferris said. “We kind of got that early. In the second half we continued to build, and then all of a sudden we stopped doing those things. … Then we kind of had to get back to that to seal the game.”
Addie Rund led the Braves with 13 points and six rebounds. Hannah Grider added nine points and seven boards, while Katie Burkman recorded four blocked shots to go with her eight points.