The Ottumwa Courier

January 5, 2013

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL: Mohawks edge No. 14 Twin Cedars in battle of unbeatens


Ottumwa Courier

BUSSEY — Moravia gave up just three points in the third quarter and held on late for a thrilling Bluegrass Conference win in matchup of unbeaten girls basketball teams at 14th-ranked (1A) Twin Cedars. Sabers’ senior Payton Fee missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of the Mohawks 48-45 Bluegrass Conference win.

Coming off a triple-double effort against Cardinal on Thursday, Katelynn Tracy dominated the paint for the Mohawks Friday. Tracy scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed an incredible 21 rebounds as Moravia rallied from an early eight-point deficit by outscoring Twin Cedars 15-3 in the third quarter.

“We weren’t really scared, but we played a little timid in the first half,” Mohawks head coach Clint Woodward said. “We came out and got the momentum in the third quarter. That was a big quarter of defense for us.”

Alee Hugen did everything to give Twin Cedars their ninth straight win of the season. Hugen scored a double-double of her own with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five steals as the Sabers scored 17 fourth-quarter points to close a nine-point deficit down to three.

Moravia (8-0, 4-0) is back in action today at home against Harmony. No. 14 (1A) Twin Cedars (8-1, 3-1) heads to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Monday.

Moravia 48, No. 14 (1A) Twin Cedars 45

Mor.        6     16  15  11    —    48   

T.C.        14     11   3  17    —    45   

Moravia (48) — Katelynn Tracy 18, Kendall Brown 12, Hannah Eastlick 8, Jenna Sheehan 5, Autumn McDanel 2, Nicole Self 2, Mackenzie Smith 1. Totals 21-56 5-12 48.

3-point goals — 1 (Sheehan). Rebounds — 35 (Tracy 21). Assists — 15 (Smith 5, McDanel 5). Steals — 7 (Smith 3). Blocks — 5 (Tracy 4). Total fouls — 23. Turnovers — 24.

Twin Cedars (45) — Alee Hugen 27, Alya Crosby 9, Brittney Roby 4, Payton Fee 2, Elizabeth Rowley 2, Shyann DenBurger 1. Totals 13-49 17-25 45.

3-point goals — 2-10 (Crosby 2-5). Rebounds — 20 (Hugen 13). Assists — 13 (Roby 4). Steals — 17 (Hugen 5). Blocks — 1 (Rowley). Total fouls — 14.



Reddetts hold off Chariton, 61-57

CENTERVILLE — Maddie Lange scored a game-high 20 points, exactly the same number the Centerville girls needed to hold off Chariton in the fourth quarter. The Reddetts matched the Chargers with a 20 points in the final eight minutes to hold on for a 61-57 South Central Conference win on Friday.

Lange led the Reddetts perimeter attack, nailing five of Centerville’s 10 3-pointers. Jess Demry added 13 points and four assists as the Reddetts overcame 19 missed free throws to hold on after Chariton pulled within two late in the contest.

“We played a little bit more zone then we have in the past and we hit some perimeter shots,” Centerville head coach Nic Belloma said. “We do need to work on our free thrown shooting, but overall it keeps us in the conference race.”

Miranda Davis led Chariton with 15 points while Kylie Bengston added 13, including the Chargers’ lone 3-pointer. Chariton (2-5, 1-2) is back in action today at Wayne while Centerville (3-8, 2-2) hosts Fort Madison on Monday night.

Centerville 61, Chariton 57

Chariton         8     21   8  20    —    57   

C’ville        10     18  13  20    —    61   

Chariton (57) — Miranda Davis 15, Kylie Bengston 13, Allyson Showers 9, Alexis Curran 6, Emily Grismore 6, Emily Seuferer 4, Chelsea McGee 2, Sarah Fuhs 2. Totals 20 FG 16-23 57.

3-point goals — 1 (Bengston). Fouled out — Davis. Total fouls — 22.

Centerville (61) — Maddie Lange 20, Jess Demry 13, Kaitlyn Moore 8, Alyssa Barger 8, Kiley Micetich 6, McKenna Persey 4, Mackenzie Richmond 2. Totals 17-54 16-35 61.

3-point goals — 10-26 (Lange 5-9, Moore 2-3, Demry 2-6, Barger 1-1). Fouled out — Pershy. Rebounds — 30 (Barger 8, Lange 7). Assists — 12 (Demry 4, Lange 3). Steals — 13 (Barger 4, Demry 3, Pershy 3). Blocks — 4 (Barger 3). Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 18.



Osky girls return from break with win at Grinnell

GRINNELL — Kena Veldhuizen led the Oskaloosa girls in a successful return from the holiday break on Friday, scoring a game-high 21 points to lead the Indians to a 50-42 Little Hawkeye Conference win at Grinnell.

Veldhuizen also had six of Osky’s eight steals. Allie Christenson added 11 points while Taylor Crawford scored 10 as the Indians started strongly, building a 23-11 lead at the half over the Tigers.

“It’s always a little iffy coming back out of the break, especially against an aggressive team like Grinnell,” Oskaloosa head coach Steve Kaisland said. “We did a good job controlling the pace, especially early on, and got a nice lead to work with in the second half.”

Malia Durr scored 19 points to lead Grinnell while Anneliese Wiltfand added 10. Oskaloosa (7-2, 3-1) heads to Williamsburg on Monday for a game that was postponed due to snow back on Dec. 20.

Oskaloosa 50, Grinnell 42

Oskaloosa        11     12  12  15    —    50   

Grinnell         5      6  10  21    —    42   

Oskaloosa (50) — Kena Veldhuizen 21, Allie Christenson 11, Taylor Crawford 10, Katelyn Hasselman 2, Chace Moyer 2, Peyton Zickefoose 2, Taylor Richardson 2. Totals 19 FG 11-19 50.

3-point goals — 1 (Veldhuizen). Rebounds — 35 (Hasselman 10). Assists — 11 (Richardson 3, Veldhuizen 3, Zickefoose 3). Steals — 8 (Veldhuizen 6). Blocks — 4 (Crawford 3). Total fouls — 11. Turnovers — 20.