The Ottumwa Courier


November 25, 2013

Savages open with win


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.

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