Hamilton runs past South Christian in state quarterfinal

Posted at 11:45 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 23:45:51-04

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Hamilton held South Christian without a field goal for the first 15 minutes Tuesday on theur way to a 63-34 win in a Division 2 state quarterfinal at Hope College.

Sophomore AJ Ediger scored a game-high 31 points for the Hawkeyes, who led 32-6 at halftime.

"It's absolutely huge especially, for the program and how hard everybody works on the team," Ediger said. "Everybody just gives 100 percent all the time, so it is definitely something that the whole team deserves, and I can't think of a better group of girls."

Last year, Hamilton lost a close game in the state quarterfinals, which provided some additional motivation on Tuesday.

"We talked about that loss," head coach Dan VanHekken said. "I'm not going to lie. We talked about that loss this week and kind of how that felt, and we were in that game last year, and just I think that experience was huge for us."

The Hawkeyes (25-0) will face Freeland (23-2) Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals at Calvin College.