Central girls lose to Oelwein
By Pat McTaggaret
The Central girls met Oelwein November 26, losing the basketball game by a score of 43-30. Oelwein took a 15-4 lead in the first quarter and extended the lead to 29-9 at the half. The third quarter ended with Oelwein leading 41-16. Central fought back in the fourth quarter, but ended up losing the game with a score of 43-30.
Central was led in scoring by Haley Schroeder with seven points. Kinsey Juergens had six points on the night. Kiana Stender and Samantha Tschirgi each had five points. Gabrielle Berns hit a three-point shot to total three points on the night. Shana Hilgerson and Emily Asche each had a basket for two points apiece.
“It was good to see seven different girls in the scoring column,” Coach Mark Wiley said. “We shot the ball 16 times more than Oelwein, which was also good. This can be contributed to our taking care of the basketball. We only had six turnovers on the night. We did not convert on open shots, which put us behind early in the first quarter.”
Samantha Tschirgi again led the team in rebounds with 10 on the night. Kinsey Juergens had four rebounds in the game. Kiana Stender grabbed three rebounds. Anna Tuecke pulled down three rebounds as well in the fourth quarter.
“We were out rebounded in the game, partly due to us not hitting on open shots,” Coach Wiley said. “Oelwein had many more chances at defensive rebounds. That being said, I thought we did a good job grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. We gave up 10 offensive rebounds to Oelwein, which led to eight second-chance points.”
Juergens led the team with three steals and had two assists. Tschirgi also had two assists on the night. Stender, Berns, and Laren Lenth each had one assist. Hilgerson and Stender each had a steal for the Warriors.
“The score was very lopsided at half time, but the girls battled all game long,” Coach Wiley commented. “Oelwein exploited our post defense and ran in transition very well. It was a good test to see where we are early in the season and shows where we need to make improvements. Defensively, we need to make adjustments to defend the high and low post. Offensively, we have to continue penetrate the defense and get in the lane for easier shots.”