Tigers pull away from MHS girls in second half
CEDAR FALLS – The Cedar Falls girls’ basketball team broke free from a 25-all halftime tie to snap a six-game losing streak at Marshalltown’s expense, turning back the Bobcats 53-45 on Tuesday night.
Marshalltown (3-11) used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to rally back and tie the game heading into the second half, but the Bobcats could not keep up. Cedar Falls (5-8) used a 20-point fourth quarter to salt away the victory.
Emily Neff made four 3-pointers and led the host Tigers with 18 points, matching her season high. Madison Wood and Addison Long both chipped in eight points for Cedar Falls, which hadn’t won since Dec. 8, 2012.
Amanda and Samantha Hughes both made two 3-pointers for Marshalltown, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively. Eisha Oden added nine points and Lauren Mazour had seven for the Bobcats, who host Class 5A No. 1 Mason City on Friday night at the Roundhouse.
Cedar Falls 58, MHS 32
CEDAR FALLS – A cold shooting night translated into another tough loss for the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team, which was held to 27.5 percent shooting in a 58-32 loss by Cedar Falls on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats (4-10) suffered their fifth loss in a row, limited by a Cedar Falls defense surrendering just 48.8 points per game.
“We struggled to get any flow going on offense and that affected our defensive effort,” said MHS head coach Scott Smith. “If we don’t get a quality effort all 32 minutes from all five guys on the court, we’re going to have trouble competing, but I’m confident our senior leaders can step up and get us going.”
Blake Judkins finished with a team-high eight points for Marshalltown, while Mason McCarville and Riley Wirth had six apiece. Blake Gimbel and De’Quan McDowell both finished with four.
Kalehl Brown scored 22 points to pace Cedar Falls (10-2), which won its eighth straight. Ike Boettger added 14 points for the Tigers.
Marshalltown is back home for Friday’s Central Iowa Conference Northern Division game against Mason City.