Tigers trample GVU to improve to 2-0
Steve Garber is 2-0 on the Marshalltown Community College bench.
The long-time junior college coach won his second game as leader of the Tigers women’s basketball team Thursday after MCC used a 9-0 run in the first half to establish the lead, never looking back in a 77-50 victory over the Grand View University junior varsity at the Student Activity Center.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start but got some energy from our bench and began to get it going there midway through the first half,” said Garber. “It seemed like there were a lot of inconsistencies tonight but there were some consistencies within portions of the game, too.”
After losing a 10-4 lead early, the Tigers (2-0) scored nine straight points to go up 19-10. Jasmine Howe scored the final five points during that stretch and a Jamerka Martin triple kicked off the spurt.
The Tigers never trailed after that run, had a 39-22 cushion at the break and led by as many as 33 points in the second half. Howe and Martin both finished with 16 points to lead the Tigers.
“I was pleased with the spot up shooters tonight,” Garber said. “As long as we keep the floor spread, and get the shooters the ball, they will knock down the shots. We have good shooters.
“They are going to be fairly consistent.”
Martin was 4-for-6 from long range in the game and 13 of her 16 points came in the second half. Howe, the reigning ICCAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored 10 of MCC’s first 19 points and buried two shots from long range. The seventh triple was drilled by Kaleigh Seick.
But while the guards performed at a high level, Garber wants to get a little more production from his post players.
Sophomore Mackenzie Gott, the reigning ICCAC Defensive Player of the Week, had another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds but she and Danielle Montgomery combined to hit just 4-of-17 from the floor. Courtney Williams-Perry provided a good lift off the bench with eight points and 11 rebounds though.
“Courtney was able to give us some good minutes off the bench. I was pleased with her play,” Garber said. “Mackenzie hasn’t been practicing with us for very long. She is getting used to the offense and the pace but she is getting there. Once her and Ashley (Salgado) get into better condition, they will start to think more clearer on what they are doing.”
The Tigers went on a second 9-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and into the second stanza. That spurt kept the Vikings off the scoreboard for the first 6 minutes of the second half and pushed the lead to 44-22.
Back-to-back treys from Seick and Martin made it 50-24. That allowed Garber to go deeper into his bench. Every MCC player logged at least eight minutes in the win. Salgado had six points and four assists off the bench, while Ilsie Calles was 6-for-8 from the line and had eight points for the Tigers as well.
“We want more depth,” Garber said. “We want every player off the bench to produce. We want to maintain what we are doing and don’t want a drop off.
“There will be nights where some won’t be on and we need the others to pick them up.”
Steph Wilkinson kept the game relatively close for the Vikings (0-1) as she finished with a team-high 14 in the loss. Maddie Westergard, Wilkinson’s backup, added nine off the bench. South Tama County graduate Megan Wanatee started at point guard for Grand View, logged 23 minutes and scored two points while also collecting three rebounds and three assists.
Grand View though got out-rebounded 49-40, turned it over 30 times hit just 33 percent of its shots.
“There are things that we need to continue to work on with better consistency on both offense and defense,” said Garber. “We allowed too many offensive rebounds in the first half. I wasn’t happy with that. That finishes the defense. What’s the first 25 seconds of the shot clock for if you can’t secure the rebound?”
Tiger sophomore Rusty Henio missed the game after tweaking her back in the opener. Garber said she is day-to-day but doesn’t expect the injury to be a long-term issue. … Seick and Wanatee were on the same South Tama County team the previous four seasons. Wanatee made a few visits to MCC before deciding to play for Grand View. … The Tigers were 7-of-17 from long range, while Grand View was 0-for-11. … The Tigers had 16 steals in the victory. Howe and Montgomery both had three to lead the way. … Next up for MCC is a home game with ABCD Academy at 7 p.m. Monday.