Central girls drop two games
By Pat McTaggart
The Central girls’ basketball team met MFL MarMac and Maquoketa Valley last week, losing both games. In the MFL match-up, Central fell behind 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 24-11 at the half. MFL MarMac led 34-21 with a quarter to go and ended up winning the game with a score of 50-28.
The Warriors were led in scoring by Kiana Stender with nine. Samantha Tschirgi scored seven and Lexi Funk had six points on the night. Haley Schroeder scored four. Kinsey Juergens had a basket for two points. Tschirgi led the team with seven rebounds. Funk had six rebounds and Juergens had five. Kiana Stender pulled down four rebounds. Central was out rebounded by six in the game.
Stender had a steal and an assist in the game. Tara Follon, Shana Hilgerson, and Gabrielle Berns each had an assist as well. Schroeder and Laren Lenth each had a steal in the game.
“Defensively, we have to play at 100 percent,” Coach Mark Wiley said. “We only had three steals as a team. Likewise, MFL-Mar-Mac made us turn the ball over with their on-ball pressure. We need to get better at taking care of the basketball and delivering good passes to our teammates that are open.”
The first quarter of the Maquoketa Valley game saw Central down by a score of 15-5. Maquoketa Valley led 32-7 at the half and 37-11 with a quarter to go. Central lost the game by a score of 47-13.
Kinsey Juergens led the team with five points. Tara Follon scored three points on a basket and one free throw. Kiana Stender and Lexi Funk each had a basket for two points. Shana Hilgerson was good on one of two free throws for a point.
“It was tough back-to-back nights from the field for the girls,” Coach Wiley said. “We missed interior shots and against a high caliber team like Maquoketa Valley, you have to make these to even compete with them. We didn’t do that and this put us in a major deficit by halftime.”
“Being efficient on the offensive end has to be a major goal the last two weeks before the winter break,” Coach Wiley continued. “We have allowed the defense to dictate how we are running our offenses. We can’t be tentative on the offensive end and we have to learn that we are in control when we have the ball in our hands.”