The Ottumwa Courier

December 3, 2013

Mustang girls soar past Midgets in Putnam County Tourney

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

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UNIONVILLE, Mo. — Senior Rylee Eakins dominated inside with a 29-point, 17-rebound double-double, as the Davis County girls basketball team didn’t lose a step from an eight-day layoff after a season-opening win over Holy Trinity. The Mustangs raced past the Putnam County Midgets, winning 57-33 in the home tournament for the Missouri school.

Eakins also had six of Davis County’s nine blocks in the win. Kate Birchmier added 14 points while Shelby Graves got the Mustangs running early and often with a game-best nine assists.

“We got out to a good start. Shelby ran our fastbreak really well and Rylee also did a good job running the floor,” Davis County head girls basketball coach Dave Mason said. “All of (Rylee’s) points seemed to come on transition baskets.”

Abby Henry had 10 points for Putnam County while Jade Varner added eight. Davis County (2-0) returns home for an area showdown to open South Central Conference play against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Thursday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

DAVIS COUNTY 57, PUTNAM COUNTY 33

D.C. 20 14 18 5 — 57

P.C. 8 6 8 11 — 33

Davis County (57) — Rylee Eakins 29, Kate Birchmier 14, Shelby Graves 7, Cami Guiter 3, Ally McClure 2, Mallory Wells 2. Totals 25-56 6-14 57.

3-point goals — 1-10 (Guiter). Rebounds — 43 (Eakins 17, Birchmier 9). Assists — 18 (Graves 9, McClure 4, Birchmier 4). Steals — 8 (Mason Roberts 2, Birchmier 2). Blocks — 9 (Eakins 6). Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 17.

Comets fall to Central Lee

ELDON — Junior Hayley Edwards scored a game-high 20 points while sophomore Regan Shockley added 11 as Central Lee spoiled the Southeast Iowa Superconference south home opener for the Cardinal girls basketball team. The Hawks used 16 second-quarter points to open a 12-point halftime lead, then doubled an eight-point edge heading into the final quarter with 19 points down the stretch to earn a 50-34 win over the Comets.

“The rebounding was a big issue for us. We just struggled to get those balls off the glass,” Cardinal head girls basketball coach Aaron Dose said. “We played them tough and fought back in the third quarter, which I was proud to see, but Central Lee just hit shots when they needed to.”

Delaney Ridgway gave Cardinal an overall productive night, leading the Comets with 16 points, eight rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Cardinal (1-2, 1-1) continues a tough week of home conference basketball on Friday when the Comets play host to Burlington-Notre Dame, the top-ranked team in Class 1A.

“It’s going to be another battle. Our girls will go out there and compete as hard as they can,” Dose said.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CENTRAL LEE 50, CARDINAL 34

C.L. 6 16 9 19 — 50

Card. 4 6 13 11 — 34

Cardinal (34) — Delaney Ridgway 16, Jessie McElderry 7, Lexi Fullenkamp 5, Schuylar Conger 4, Danae Moses 2. Totals 11-42 10-24 34.

3-point goals — 2-7 (Ridgway, Fullenkamp). Rebounds — 32 (Ridgway 8). Assists — 4 (Fullenkamp 2, Ridgway 2). Steals — 6 (Ridgway 4, Moses 2). Blocks — 4 (Conger 2, Ridgway 2). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 12.