Meskwaki girls push back rival Wolverines
GARWIN – The GMG girls basketball team had plenty of chances to snatch its first victory of the season against Iowa Star Conference rival Meskwaki Settlement.
With just a two-point lead, the Warriors missed six free throws in the final minute, but GMG couldn’t take advantage on its home floor.
The Wolverines missed four free throws, turned it over once and gave up an offensive rebound in the final minute, and that allowed visiting Meskwaki to capture a 45-42 win during a conference contest here Saturday.
“We were set up about as good as we could be,” GMG coach Justin Hornberg said. “We put them in the 1-and-1 with one minute left in the game. We missed some easy buckets down the stretch, but we are still growing as a team.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first quarter but had to scramble late to collect their third win of the year. In the end though, Meskwaki (3-4, 2-3) escaped despite shooting just 5-of-15 from the foul line.
“It’s good to win one coming off break. It was good to get a win in our pocket,” said Meskwaki coach Heath Brown. “The ball just bounced our way late.”
Caitlin Appelgate scored five of the Wolverines’ seven first-quarter points, but Meskwaki got a big lift from Jaylynn Bear off its bench and Jaden Davenport also made three of her four buckets in the game during the first quarter to put the Warriors up nine.
GMG (0-7, 0-5) came all the way back in the second behind Appelgate. The Wolverine senior had a significant height advantage inside and used it to her advantage. She finished with 17 points in the game and 10 came in the first two frames. And it helped the home team trail by just one at the break.
Olivia Barritt canned a 3 and Appelgate scored another hoop inside early in the third quarter to give GMG its first lead of the game.
Freshman Grace Tahahwah and Ryan Roberts both drilled 3-pointers to even the score at 28-all. It remained tight until Roberts sunk back-to-back triples to make it a six-point game.
It got interesting in the fourth quarter, but those two 3-pointers proved to be the difference in the game for the Warriors. Roberts finished with a game-high 17 points in the victory.
Appelgate brought the Wolverines within three with five straight points early in the fourth quarter, but Kadyn Clark’s jumper pushed the Warriors back up by five.
Mikaella Koster drilled a jumper and then went 1-of-2 from the line to make it a two-point game with 58 seconds to play.
Tahahwah missed three front ends of 1-and-1 opportunites to give GMG a chance in the final minute. Wolf also missed both of her freebies with 16 seconds left, but the Wolverines failed to take advantage.
Roberts scored her final point of the game at the line with 3 seconds to go and a last-ditch effort to tie the game was unsuccessful for GMG.
Davenport supported Roberts’ 17-point effort with nine points of her own while Deah Moore added six points off the bench.
Koster had 10 for GMG, while Barritt finishe with nine. The Wolverines were 8-of-16 from the line in the game.
This game was originally supposed to be played on Dec. 6 but was postponed due to weather. The Warriors will make up another postponed game on Monday when they welcome No. 7 Dunkerton to their home floor. … GMG next faces No. 8 Janesville in Garwin on Tuesday.