The Ottumwa Courier

November 25, 2013

Savages open with win

By ROGER THOMAS
Courier correspondent

---- — SIGOURNEY — The opening game for the two teams was typical in many ways of the first action in a new girls basketball season.

The shooting will certainly get better, the free-throw shooting will have to get better, and the number of turnovers will be lowered as the teams advance through their respective seasons. The 50-32 win for Sigourney over Tri-County Friday night in Sigourney was not typical of an opening game, however, because it was a conference game.

The Savages, a team of interchangeable parts, used their quickness, team speed and depth to apply early pressure that put the Trojans in an early hole.

“I think that this is the type of team we want to be,” said Sigourney coach Andy Harter. “We’re not big — so we will need to use our defense to help us score.”

Karah Appleget opened the scoring for the new season — giving Sigourney a quick 2-0 lead. Jordan Carter followed with a basket to double the Savage lead. Kristen Lundy opened the scoring for Tri-County with a basket inside.

Carter, playing at the point of the Savage press, added three more baskets in the opening quarter. Her back-to-back scores put Sigourney up 13-4 with just over two minutes to play in the first.

Carter would lead the winners with a big double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds.

“I was a little nervous at the start, but I think it’s good to have an early game. We're just all ready to get going and improve on last year,” said Carter.

Sigourney would not score again in the quarter but the visitors only scored three in that time so the Savages led 13-7 after one.

“We had some early trouble against the press,” said Tri-County coach Keith Kiburz. “They really pushed the ball up the court, off the press and off the rebound. We didn't get back like we needed to.”

The scoring slowed in the second quarter, but the Savages upped their lead to 11 at 23-12 to close out the half. Five different Savages combined for the 10 points, but Appleget and Carter dominated the play in the post combining for nine rebounds and two blocks in the second quarter.

The visitors' Virginia Schmidt opened the third quarter with back-to-back baskets to cut the Sigourney lead to 23-16. Carter had six of the next seven Savage points in a 7-0 run that put the home team comfortably up 30-16.

Two of Carter's scores were on offensive put backs. The other was a baseline drive.

“Our offense relies on movement and drive because we don't have great size,” added Carter. “I was just in the right place at the right time a couple of times.”

Kristen Lundy ended the Savage run with three points but Sigourney added five straight to lead 35-19. Another basket late by Lundy made the score 35-21 at the break.

One of the only things the Savages didn't do well in the third was shoot free throws. Sigourney missed eight charity tosses and would only shoot 9-26 from the line for the game.

“We look to get it inside and get to the line,” said Harter. “I really think that this team will be a pretty good shooting team before the season is over.”

After Becca Ohland opened the final quarter with a basket for Sigourney, Appleget scored back-to-back and the lead was at 20.

Appleget, an undersized post player, talked about her game.

“It's just about going for it and powering the ball up to the rim,” Appleget said. “I think when we press early, it really gets me going.”

Freshman Michaela Lundy had six of her eight points in the fourth for the Trojans (0-1), but the Savages (1-0) easily closed out the win. Lundy and Schmidt led Tri-County with eight points apiece.

“We're really a young team that is just learning how physical it is to play four quarters of varsity basketball,” said Kiburz. “Those things will come but we will need to make immediate improvement on defense.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sigourney 50, Tri-County 32

T-C 7 5 9 11 – 32

SIG 13 10 12 15 – 50

TC (32) – Megan Striegel 4, Virginia Schmidt 8, Sara Gragg 2, Kristen Lundy 7,Emma Bair 3, Michaela Lundy 8. Totals 12-58 8-22 32.

3-point goals – 0-9 . Fouled out – none. Rebounds – 37 (Schmidt 11). Assists – 8 (Katlyn Little 3). Steals – 6 (Striegel 2, Schmidt 2). Blocks – 4 (M. Lundy 2). Total fouls – 17. Turnovers – 24.

SIG (50) – Sierra Davis 7, Sydney Davis 3, Karah Appleget 8, Maddison Wood 6, Brooke Schroeder 2, Becca Ohland 4, Jordan Carter 20. Totals 20-68 9-26 50.

3-point goals – 1-13 (Wood). Fouled out – none. Rebounds – 46 (Carter 16). Assists – 11 (Wood 3). Steals – 12 (Sierra Davis 2, Appleget 2, Wood 2, Ohland 2, Carter 2). Blocks – 4 (Appleget 3). Total fouls – 20. Turnovers – 15.