*This story was posted to HCMediaOnline on Feb. 25, 2015.
The Hastings College Broncos dominated the Doane Tigers 70-55 in the GPAC Quarterfinals Wednesday night at Lynn Farrell Arena, led by Jamie Van Kirk’s 33 points. The win lifts the Broncos to 22-7 this season and allows them to move on to the GPAC Semifinals.
The Tigers started fast out of the gate with an 8-2 lead following a two-pointer followed by a steal and coast-to-coast finish from freshman Maggie Fillipi. The Broncos called a timeout then answered with a three-pointer from senior Jamie Van Kirk.
Van Kirk struck again with a backdoor layup, followed by a steal and fast-break layup from Chelsey Morten to bring the lead to six. After trading turnovers, junior Teeka Thompson delivered with a pair of free throws to increase the lead even further.
Sophomore Michaela Barry provided a spark off the bench for the Broncos, adding a fast break layup followed by a three-pointer from Van Kirk to cut the lead to three.
Bronco Head Coach Carrie Hofstetter was pleased with both player’s performances.
“They’re obviously really good shooters and they were able to get good shots in good spots,” Hoffstetter said. “I thought Jamie did a good job of making the right reads and I thought when Michaela came in she was very aggressive. She was what we needed coming off the bench; we were struggling a little bit offensively and she got herself rolling early.”
After a Doane timeout, Barry scored again, followed by yet another Van Kirk three-pointer to put the Broncos up 21-19 with 5:03 left in the half.
The Broncos clamped down on defense late in the first half, allowing just five points in the last five minutes. The Broncos led 29-24 at halftime, with 15 points coming from Van Kirk.
The results were much of the same for the Broncos early in the second half. Van Kirk started the half hitting her first two shots, followed by two steals on the defensive end from Abby Jackson and Morten.
Van Kirk struck again, making two free throws followed by a runner off the glass to put the Broncos up 39-28 with 14:03 left. After a Tiger turnover, Barry sunk two threes and a runner off the glass to add to her 20-point night.
After a couple of key blocks from senior Sierra Williamson, senior Hailey Samuelson drained a three-pointer to push the lead to 20 with 9:06 left.
Late in the second half Van Kirk once again delivered. After a transition steal and score, the senior finished a layup after a quick outlet pass to stretch the Bronco lead further.
The Broncos sealed the victory after a pair of free throws from Samuelson and Barry.
The Broncos will move on to face Concordia in the GPAC Semifinals in Seward, NE, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Coach Hofstetter believes her team is up to the challenge.
“It’s a game I think our kids have had in the back of their minds and wanted a shot at,” Hofstetter said. “It’ll be a challenging game, but we’re looking forward to it.”