The Ottumwa Courier

January 22, 2013

Hot-shooting Warhawks down Rockets

ROGER THOMAS
Ottumwa Courier

EDDYVILLE — Eighth-ranked (2A) North Mahaska, the defending girls Class 1A champions, hit their first five shots — four of them 3s — and raced out to a 14-0 lead just three minutes into the contest. They went on to lead 24-9 at the end of one Monday night in Eddyville. They wouldn’t miss their second shot until two minutes had passed in the second quarter.

North Mahaska owns the state’s longest current winning streak (44), and they looked the part as they downed Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 70-37. The win moved the 8th rated Warhawks to 16-0.

A conventional two-pointer opened the scoring before four different Warhawks each hit a 3 to end the game-opening run.  

Mallory Boyle started with the two and ended the run with a 3. She had seven first-quarter points, but the top scorer for the Warhawks in the opening quarter was Makayla Ihde with nine. She hit all three of her attempts from behind the arc.

Ihde would start the second right where she left off in the first. She opened with her fourth 3 and added another basket to put the lead at 29-9 just one minute into the second.

“I’ve been shooting the 3 pretty well so far. I guess I’d say that’s my role,” said Ihde. “Abbie (Agan) does a great job of finding me.”

Tasha Alexander got her night started with a 3 to cut the lead to 29-12. A seven-point run by the visitors made sure that this game was not going to get close. Alexander answered again for the Rockets, but her basket was matched by a score from Boyle.

The Rockets closed the half on a 6-0 run that included two baskets by MaKenzie Jensen and one by Alexander.

“They just blitzed us at the start. We changed defense and they still hit shots,” said E-B-F coach Tony Fenton. “We missed some shots in close early that we needed.”

Surely the torrid shooting had to cool off.

That would not be the case as the visitors only missed two field goal attempts in the final half.

“We’ve been really shooting the ball well lately,” said Warhawk coach L.E. Moore. “This was a nice surprise on the road.”

After Ihde and the Rockets’ Shunyl Busch traded baskets to open the third, the visitors 7-0 run put the lead back at 47-22 North Mahaska. The lead would never be closer than 20 the rest of the way.

“We just couldn’t take advantage of some things we thought we could against their zone,” said Fenton.

“We’d rather be a man to man defensive team, and usually we are but tonight we felt that they had athletes that might hurt us some,” said Moore. “We have such good length at the top of our zone.”

Ihde led the Warhawks with eight points in the third. Alexander matched that total for the Rockets.

With Agan running the show, the Warhawks closed out the win. Agan would have three steals and five points in the fourth as she spent the final eight minutes directing the North Mahaska play.

“If coach wants me to do one thing, it would be to be a vocal leader,” said Agan. “We have such good ball movement that I just try and get people in the right spots.”

“One of our strengths is that we have good leadership at the point position,” added Moore.

EBF (9-6) will be at Centerville on Friday for South Central Conference action. No. 8 North Mahaska (16-0) heads to Sigourney for a South Iowa Cedar League matchup tonight.

North Mahaska 70, E-B-F 37

N.M.        24     14  18  14    —    70    

EBF         9     11  12   5    —    37    

N.M. (70) — Makayla Ihde 22, Abbie Agan 14, Mallory Boyle 14, Julia Groenenboom 8, Hayley LaRue 6, Sarah Bowen 4, Rachel Sherburne 2. Totals 28-37 3-6 70.

3-point goals — 11-16 (Ihde 6, Agan 2, Groenenboom 2, Boyle). Rebounds — 20 (Boyle 6). Assists — 19 (Boyle 6). Steals — 14 (Agan 6). Blocks — 1 (Carissa McBirnie). Total fouls — 7. Turnovers — 15.

EBF (37) — Tasha Alexander 15, Shunyl Busch 7, Makenzie Jensen 6, Emma Tanner 4, Jarrah Jensen 3, Sadie Baugher 2. Totals 16-44 0-1 37.

3-point goals — 5-16 (Alexander 3, Busch, J. Jensen). Rebounds — 15 (Busch 6). Assists — 11 (Alexander 4). Steals — 8 (Alexander 3). Blocks — none. Total fouls — 4. Turnovers — 17.