The Hastings High girls basketball team finally got that elusive first win. And the Tigers couldn't have picked a better opponent than their crosstown rival Adams Central.
The Tigers trailed for just 2 minutes, 16 seconds in a 43-28 victory where the HHS defense kept the Patriots out of sync all game long. Hastings High head coach Greg Mays said his team knew it wasn't far from getting its first win.
"I tried to tell (the Tigers) in the locker room that it's about what we've been doing the whole way. It's not like we came out here tonight and it was magic. We did the right things," said Mays, whose team improved to 1-12. "We've been working, but we haven't put it all together. ... We've been working towards this. They deserve that. They've done the work to get ready, every single one of them."
HHS junior Bailey Petzoldt paced the Tigers on offense and played a big role in her team's ability to control the rebounding battle. Petzoldt finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. At halftime, Petzoldt had scored 10 of the Tigers' 16 points.