The Ottumwa Courier


January 29, 2013

AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION: Mohawks claim Bluegrass crown


MORMON TRAIL — Oskaloosa tops Grinnell on record-breaking night

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OSKALOOSA — It was a record-breaking evening for the Oskaloosa girls team Tuesday.

The Indians not only tied the program’s all-time record of 15 victories by defeating Grinnell 49-33, but Oskaloosa star player Kena Veldhuizen also broke the school’s all-time scoring record in a season. Veldhuizen’s 11 points in the contest brought her season total to 368; shattering the 358 mark set by Brittany Carlson in 2005-06.

Taylor Crawford compiled 11 points for the Indians and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Indian Kate Hasselman added nine points and Peyton Zickefoose chipped in six. Aside from her scoring output, Veldhuizen also dished out a team-high six assists and had a team-best four steals.

Oskaloosa (15-4, 7-3) play host to Indianola Saturday on Coaches vs. Cancer night.

Oskaloosa 49, Grinnell 33

Grin        11     6  7    9    —    33    

Osky        14     14  10  11    —    49    

Oskaloosa (49) — Kena Veldhuizen 11, Taylor Crawford 11, Kate Hasselman 9, Peyton Zickefoose 6, Allie Christenson 4, Sarandyn Curtis 4, Taylor Richardson 2, Chace Moyer 2. Totals 21 7-11 49.

3-point goals — None. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 35 (Crawford 9). Assists — 16 (Veldhuizen 6). Steals — 12 (Veldhuizen 4). Blocks — None. Total fouls — 7. Turnovers — 19.

Potter scores career high in Eagles victory

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MOULTON — Natalie Potter scored a career-high 27 points to lead Moulton-Udell to a 52-47 victory over Melcher-Dallas Tuesday in a Bluegrass Conference matchup.

Potter poured in 17 points in the first half alone, Eagle coach Jason Ogden said. She got many of her second half points from the free-throw line, but she did manage to score on a drive to bucket that put her team up by three points with 1:30 left in regulation.

Toni Clark accumulated eight points for M-U, corralled a team-high 13 rebounds, compiled three steals and recorded one of the Eagles’ two blocks.

M-D had a 22-point surge in the second quarter that erased a seven-point deficit and gave the Saints a 29-25 halftime advantage. The Eagles battled back in the third and by the end of the quarter the game was tied at 36. M-U, however, outscored the Saints 16-11 in the fourth and picked up the win.

“We’ve struggled for most of the year and what I’m proud of is the kids have continued to work hard,” Ogden said. “We should be playing our best ball at the end of the year and I feel we’re pretty close to there.”

M-U (4-12, 2-5) plays host to Moravia Friday in a Bluegrass Conference game.

Moulton-Udell 52, Melcher-Dallas 47

Melc   7     22  7  11    —    47    

Moul    14     11  11  16    —    52    

Moulton-Udell (52) — Natalie Potter 27, Toni Clark 8, Jessica Scott 6, Rachel DeCook 5, Ashlyn Martin 3, Hailey Burgher 3. Totals 16-64 FG 16-25  . 3-point goals — 4-8 (Potter 2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 35 (Clark 13). Assists — 9 (Burgher 4). Steals — 9 (DeCook 3, Clark 3). Blocks — 2 (Clark 1, Martin 1). Total fouls — 14. Turnovers — 21.

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