Hartland — Whitney Sollom and Hartland shook off a terrible start to defeat rival Howell 42-28 in a Division 1 district title game Friday night.
Sollom, a 6-foot-4 junior, helped Hartland shake off an 8-0 deficit by scoring 10 points during a 17-1 run to open up a 17-9 lead with 1:01 left in the first half.
Sollom, who has multiple Big Ten offers, had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Howell came out with a zone defense to try to take Sollom out of the game while forcing Hartland to hit the perimeter shot, and Hartland missed its first seven shots in the opening quarter, finally making a 3-pointer by freshman Leah Lappin with 52 seconds left in the quarter.
How bad was Hartland’s start? Well, Hartland turned the ball over five times while going 0-for-7 from the field before Lappin’s basket.
“It’s the typical third time, typical rivalry and we knew that they were going to come over and play and they started very, very well and we started terrible,” Hartland coach Don Palmer said. “The message was they only have eight points. We’re not playing well, but there’s a long way to go so let’s just settle in. Howell played very well, but then our defense carried us.”
Hartland (20-3), which swept the three-game series with Howell and will play a regional semifinal game Monday night at Lakeland, limited Howell (12-10) to 33 percent shooting and without a basket for the final 10 minutes, 8 seconds of the first half.
“We came out a little rough in the first quarter, then picked it up, knowing we had to calm ourselves down,” Sollom said. “After we settled down, we got the lead and stuck with it.
“In the second quarter, they had some people come out on the wings with their zone and when those people were out there I was kind of open down low and then my teammates would pass it inside to me and it worked out pretty well.”
Hartland led 18-11 at halftime, then increased the lead to 22-13 on a Sollom putback before Howell scored six unanswered points to cut the deficit to 22-19. That would be as close as it would get as Sollom’s offensive rebound led to a basket by Nikki Dompierre, then Sollom scored off a putback and freshman Gracey Metz connected on a jumper to open a 10-point lead, 29-19.
Then, in the fourth quarter, Hartland’s Madi Moyer got multiple offensive rebounds, including one where she found Dompierre who found Sollom underneath for a 31-20 lead, starting a 10-2 run for a 39-22 cushion.
Junior forward Kaylee Wendel scored nine for Howell.
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