The Ottumwa Courier


January 29, 2013

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION: Mohawks claim Bluegrass crown

MORMON TRAIL — Katelynn Tracy and Kendall Brown each posted double-doubles as the Moravia girls basketball team finished the Bluegrass Conference loop with an unbeaten 7-0 record with a 64-37 blowout win over Mormon Trail in action on Tuesday.

“The girls worked real hard for that,” said Moravia coach Clint Woodward. “That’s a big turn-around from last year.”

The Mohawks finished 4-4 in conference play a season ago and 10-10 overall. This year Moravia closes the season at a perfect 7-0 in league play and is currently 15-2 overall.

Tracy finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Moravia while Brown scored 14 and grabbed 10 boards. Autumn McDanel posted 14 points, and also came up with eight steals. McDanel and Makenzie Smith each dished five assists.

Moravia will get back into action on Friday, at Moulton-Udell.

Moravia 64, Mormon Trail 37

Mor        24     16  14  10    —    64    

M.T.        9     9  6  13    —    37    

Moravia (64) — Katelynn Tracy 17, Kendall Brown 14, Autumn McDanel 14, Jenna Sheehan 8, Makenzie Smith 4, Hannah Eastlick 3, Nicole Self 2, Becca Albertson 2. Totals 25-63 12-18 64.

3-point goals — 2 (McDanel, Sheehan). Fouled out — Eastlick, Self. Rebounds — 44 (Tracy 16, Brown 10). Assists — 17 (Smith 5, McDanel 5). Steals — 20 (McDanel 8). Blocks — 5 (Brown 3). Total fouls — 24. Turnovers — 20.

Tough defense spurs Davis County victory

Courier sports staff

ALBIA — This time the Davis County girls basketball team didn’t need any extra time to defeat South Central Conference opponent Albia. Nor did it need a fourth quarter rally or a buzzer-beater by Kate Birchmier.

In a game that was in many ways the complete opposite of their previous encounter, Davis County trounced the Lady Dees, 42-17.

Shelby Graves scored a team-high 15 points and connected on two of the Mustangs three 3-pointers. Birchmier added 11 points and Rylee Eakins chipped in six points, hauled in a team-high eight rebounds, handed out four assists and compiled three steals.

But what really keyed the Mustang victory was defense, coach Dave Mason said.

“We spent all last night [in practice] playing defense,” Mason said. “We had to find a way to stop [Brooke] Bettis and [Kate] Dyson. They did whatever they wanted to last week and we knew we had to make some adjustments. We knew if we stopped them if it would give us a good chance to win tonight. All our post players — Birchmier, Audra Kincart, Brittany Bremer and Eakins — did a fantastic job.”

Bettis led the Lady Dees with 10 points and Dyson added four; a far cry from the combined 31 points the two scored in Albia’s previous encounter with the Mustangs.

“It was a great team win,” Mason added.

Albia (3-15) plays host to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Friday in a South Central Conference game. Davis County (10-8, 5-4) plays Clarke Friday at Bloomfield in South Central Conference action.

Davis County 42, Albia 17

Davi    8     13  10  11    —    42    

Albi    3     5   6   3    —    17    

Davis County (42) — Shelby Graves 15, Kate Birchmier 11, Rylee Eakins 6, Ally McClure 5, Cami Guiter 5. Totals 16-45 FG 7-13 FT 42.

3-point goals — 3-7 (Graves 2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 27 (Eakins 8). Assists — 6 (Eakins 3). Steals — 10 (McLure 3, Eakins 3). Blocks — 9 (Eakins 4, Birchmier). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 12.

Albia (17) — Brooke Bettis 10, Katie Dyson 4, Makenzie Griffin 3. Totals 7 FG 3-9 FT.

3-point goals — None. Fouled out — None.  Total fouls — 8.

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