I've never tried to hit anyone in the head with a shovel, but I don't think the maneuver could be pulled off more perfectly than it is here. This little girl is not to be fucked with, man. She is not to be fucked with at all.
A flurry of hysteria follows, and it's suddenly clear that we are in a place that is a recession or two away from being the town from Winter's Bone.
We eventually rejoin the tall girl, who has been felled just beyond the tree line. Laying supine, she complains that she cannot hear, on account of the shovel that busted her in her head.