Trojans do enough to claim easy win over Comets

TAMA – It is not too often the losing coach in a basketball game is happier than the winning coach.

That may have happened Friday night when South Tama County hosted BCLUW.

The Trojans had no trouble on the scoreboard as they jumped out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 67-33 victory during an NICL Western Division clash.

But STC coach Marsha Keahna thought there was a lot to be desired from her Trojan squad.

“We missed a bunch of free throws and didn’t convert a lot of the offensive chances we created for ourselves on the press,” Keahna said. “We also came out a bit flat in the third quarter, which is something we have been trying to fix all season.”

South Tama County led by as many as 26 in the first half and went up by 32 after three quarters, but it was BCLUW coach Jess VanderWeerdt that was more pleased with his team.

“These girls are coming out every night and giving me a great effort,” VanderWeerdt said. “They haven’t gotten down, they have prepared to win every game and hopefully we can take advantage of this and get a win in the near future.”

The Comets haven’t won a game since taking their opener on Nov. 16 against GMG.

Friday’s loss extended the losing streak to 15 games. BCLUW dropped to 0-12 in NICL West Division action.

“This was an easy win for us, and we pretty much used this as a practice,” Keahna said. “We wanted to be fundamentally sound. Overall, we needed to play better and we will need to play much better (tonight) against Union.”

The Trojans’ (9-7, 7-5) full-court pressure bothered BCLUW for most of the game. STC forced several turnovers in the first quarter and led 19-5.

South Tama then jumped even further ahead following a 13-0 run that spanned the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second. The Comets (1-15, 0-12) managed to cut the lead to 34-13 at the break, but they never really threatened again in the second half.

Keahna thought her team let up a bit in the third quarter, which was not part of the gameplan.

“I am not sure if they are too nice sometimes or what,” she said. “We need to keep the intensity up though. We still need to do the right things. We played their game too much in the second half. “

On the flip side, VanderWeerdt was glad his team found ways to score in the second half.

“We actually made some jump shots, that was a positive,” VanderWeerdt said. “We had to make jump shots, because they didn’t let us have many shots in the paint.”

Kaleigh Sieck led the Trojans with 16 points, but Megan Wanatee added 12 and Erin Clayton scored 10 and Jade Rohach added nine.

“That’s what we need to see most nights,” Keahna said of the balanced scoring. “We still need to make our free throws though.”

BCLUW got a strong performance from freshman Olivia Callaway, who scored 20 points on eight field goals. No other Comet scored more than three though.

“She is still raw, but you can see she is talented,” VanderWeerdt said of his freshman. “She’s a scorer. And she does a nice job of putting the mistakes she makes behind her.”