The Ottumwa Courier


December 10, 2013

Graves sets record, leads Mustangs to win

BUSSEY – Shelby Graves scored 15 points to lead the Davis County Mustangs to a 43-36 non-conference girls basketball win over Twin Cedars Monday night in Bussey. Those 15 points made Graves the all-time scoring leader for the Davis County girls basketball program.

The Mustangs had two other players in double figures. Kate Birchmier and Mallory Wells, playing to take up the slack for the injured Rylee Eakins, each recorded a double-double. Birchmier had 11 points and 15 rebounds while Wells added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Birchmier got off to a quick start with six points and four rebounds in the opening quarter. Graves followed the opening basket by Birchmier with her second steal of the night, going coast-to-coast for a score and a 4-0 Davis County lead.

Brittney Roby's second basket gave the Sabers a 6-4 lead near the mid-point of the first stanza. Back-to-back baskets by Graves and Birchmier gave the lead back to the Mustangs.

Allie Utterback scored for a 9-8 Twin Cedars lead before Birchmier and Graves again had back-to-back scores to allow Davis County to lead 12-11 at the end of one.

Early in the game, the youth of the Sabers showed. Twin Cedars turned the ball over seven times against the Davis County press.

“Everybody is having to learn a new system and it’s harder on the freshmen to learn on the fly,” said Twin Cedars coach Mike Strasko. “The ball handling and boxing out will improve as our younger players become more aggressive.”

After a competitive opening quarter, the two teams played another even period in the second, which was almost devoid of scoring. Graves and Wells had baskets for the Davis County scoring while two free throws by Elizabeth Rowley and a Roby basket accounted for the Twin Cedars' scoring. Davis County led 16-15 at the break.

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