The Ottumwa Courier


December 16, 2012

Mustang girls get low scoring win

BLOOMFIELD — Ask any coach and they will tell you that there is no such thing as an ugly win.

So when Dave Mason’s Mustangs pulled out a 36-25 South Central Conference win over Chariton Friday night in Bloomfield, he was relieved.

Rylee Eakins scored twice inside to help the Mustangs jump out to a 5-0 lead. Kate Birchmier’s bucket made it 7-0 and Eakins added a free throw before Chariton scored with just seconds left in the opening quarter.

Chariton’s game-high scorer, Miranda Davis, opened the second with a basket but then Davis County went on a 7-0 run to go up 15-4 at the midway point of the second eight minutes. Eakins added another four in the quarter and Shelby Graves got involved with five points.

The play was helter-skelter for much of the half, which had a lot to do with the low scoring. Davis added two more baskets to keep  Chariton within 10 at the half, 20-10.

“This is the way we need to have the game go,” said Chariton coach Lee Sandy. “We’ve had trouble scoring all season.”

On the other bench, the tempo was no good.

“We like to play up tempo but Chariton controlled the play,” said DC coach Dave Mason. “We struggled some especially in the third.”

The Chargers outscored D.C. 12-7 in the third. Eakins had three free throws and baskets by Birchmier and Ally McClure was all the scoring the Mustangs could muster in the eight minutes of action.

Chariton used two baskets by Allyson Showers  to stay close and Davis scored the final five Charger points at the free throw line to pull the visitors within five at 27-22 at the end of three. During the run, the Chargers missed five free throws.

“That was really big,” added Sandy. “It just makes a scoring drought last longer.”

Mason talked about two defensive aspects of the quarter.

“They did a good job of getting back in transition defense and we had to change our defense some to try and control their penetration.”

The Chargers cut the lead to three early in the fourth on a basket by Emily Grismore. Then they would go five and a half minutes without scoring while the Mustangs pulled away.

Eakins and Graves controlled the play in the D.C. fourth. Graves answered the Grismore score to push the lead back to five with just under six minutes to play. She would have two assists to Eakins for scores inside, in the final minutes.

“We want Shelby (Graves) to have the ball in her hands late in a game,” added Mason.

Eakins closed out her game high 16 point night with two late scores.

“How I score depends on how they are playing me. Sometimes I know I have to rebound to score,” said Eakins. “I felt like scoring inside was more important in a low scoring game like tonight.”

“Rylee is tough inside and we expect that,” said Mason. “She does a good job of working on the block.”

Each team would add a free throw in the final minute to close out the scoring.

Sandy talked about the defense his team played.

“Until right at the end, I thought we did a good job of executing what we needed to do on defense.”

Chariton (2-3, 1-2) will be back in action Monday when they host Knoxville. Davis County moved to (5-4, 2-1) with the win. 

Davis County 36, Chariton 25

Char         4      6  12   3    —    25   

D.C.         8     12   7   9    —    36   

Chariton (25) — Allyson Showers 4, Emily Grismore 2, Miranda Davis 13, Chelsea McGee 1, Kylie Bengston 5 . Totals 9-48 7-14 25.

3-point goals — 0-1. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 24 (Bengston 5). Assists — 1 (Grismore). Steals — 7 (Bengston 3). Blocks — 2 (Showers, McGee). Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 13.

Davis County (36) — McKenna Harward 2, Shelby Graves 7, Ally McClure 3, Rylee Eakins 16, Kate Birchmier 5, Cami Guiter 3. Totals 13-41 9-17 36.

3-point goals — 1-8 (Guiter). Fouled out — none. Rebounds — 40 (Birchmier 12). Assists — 8 (Graves 6). Steals — 7 (Eakins 3). Blocks — 4 (Eakins 3). Total fouls — 14. Turnovers — 24.

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