Warriors force turnovers, blitz Marshalltown girls
The Marshalltown girls’ basketball team had a hard time getting through Waukee’s full-court pressure defense on Tuesday in CIML play.
The Class 5A ninth-ranked Warriors jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, led 40-8 at halftime and had no problem with the Bobcats at the Roundhouse, winning 60-16.
“You think your teammate is open most of the time and then they jump at it and take it away,” MHS coach Tim Johnson said of the Warriors run and jump defense. “It’s tough to play against. Waukee was aggressive with it and they closed on us quick.”
The Bobcats struggled to find good looks at the basket all night. And on the other end, Waukee buried open shot after open shot as Marshalltown had trouble with Waukee’s dribble penetration throughout the game.
“They know where their teammates are going to be,” Johnson said of the open shots. “Britney Boland is a great player. She has been around for three years and just has great leadership. They are a great ball club.”
Marshalltown made just seven shots from the floor, while Waukee connected on 25 of its attempts and canned four 3-pointers in the win.
Boland led the way for Waukee with 19 points, while Ashley Dalsing added 16 in the win. Nine different Warriors scored in the game.
The Warriors scored the game’s first 13 points and led 17-4 after one quarter. Ten of those points came directly off Marshalltown turnovers.
MHS (4-8) scored four more points in the second quarter, but Boland and Dalsing combined to score 15 as Waukee led 40-8 at the break. The lead was 31-4 at one point and the Bobcat turnovers continued to mount.
“It is tough to simulate that style of defense in practice,” Johnson said. “We don’t do it in practice. It is tough to score on.”
The Bobcats’ best quarter was the third frame with eight points. But they did not score in the fourth quarter as the continuous clock was in effect.
“When you are open you have to shoot it and sometimes we don’t,” Johnson said. “And we get an offensive rebound we have to go back up with it. They shifted a lot of kids in and out and ran on us every chance they got.”
MHS seniors Eisha Oden and Lauren Mazour battled foul trouble in the game. Oden left the first quarter early after picking up two fouls in the first two minutes. Mazour picked up her third foul with 3:40 to play in the first half.
“They have to be on the floor,” Johnson said. “When either one of them are out it makes things tough.”
Oden finished with eight points for the Bobcats, who dropped to 3-9 overall. Sam Hughes scored four, while Kali Banks and Mazour each finished with two.
The Bobcats will try to regroup Friday when they travel to Johnston to take on the Dragons at 6:15 p.m. Marshalltown is still playing without starting point guard Taylor Wagner. She dressed out Tuesday and participated in warm ups but did not see any action during the game. Johnson did not have a timetable for her return. No. 9 Waukee improved to 8-2 on the season. The team’s only losses came to Class 5A preseason No. 1 Southeast Polk and current Class 5A No. 1 Mason City. Boland came into the game averaging better than 13 points per game. Four players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game. Taylor Wingert averages 9.7 per game but was held to just four Tuesday. Waukee travels to Dowling Catholic on Friday.