KENNEWICK -- Defending Hanford post Laura Hughes is difficult enough already. Try doing it with your best post defender sitting on the bench in foul trouble.
Hughes took full advantage of the mismatch inside while her Kamiakin counterpart, center Kassy Larson, was largely ineffective playing just over 16 minutes in the Falcons' 57-49 CBBN Cascade win Friday in Kennewick.
"We just pounded the big players and got them in foul trouble," said Hughes, who recently signed to play at Eastern Washington University next season.
Hughes scored 20 of her career-high 31 points with Larson off the floor, which rendered the Braves virtually helpless on the low block. Hanford (4-5, 2-3) also took advantage of 21 Kamiakin turnovers, which led to 19 points.
"Laura was aggressive around the basket, which is good," said Falcons coach Evan Woodward. "But it's not all about Laura. Erin (Hegarty) gave us consistent guard play, and Patricia (Miller) did a good job coming off the bench. It was an opportunity for the girls to do what they do."
Braves guard Khadidja Toure has a lightning-quick first step, but the referees didn't find it much to their liking. Though the 5-foot-6 sophomore led Kamiakin with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, refs called her for traveling on five different occasions.
"We're working on it in practice," said Kamiakin coach Tammy Hutchison. "I'm pleased that we showed more discipline than we have all year. (Hughes) is just a powerhouse down low."
Merry 4, Hegarty, Steele 2, Freeman 8, Laura Hughes 31, Albertson2, Dreher, Gagnon 4, Young, Miller. Totals 24-45 9-12 57.
Skorpik 12, Meyer 6, Khadidja Toure 20, Brannan 2, Larson 7, Beach, Feser 2. Totals 18-43 4-7 49.
Hanford 14 12 16 15 -- 57
Kamiakin 10 11 12 16 -- 49
Highlights -- Hughes 8 rebs, 3 steals; Sam Merry 3 assists; Morgan Freeman 6 rebs; Kassy Larson 9 rebs; Jori Skorpik 4 stls, 4 assists; Toure 4 stls; Brianna Brannan 4 assists.