Moore is more
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT – Deah Moore’s height advantage against most teams she faces on a nightly basis is pretty significant.
And when she gets the ball inside the lane, there is not much opposing defenses can do to stop her.
The Meskwaki Settlement senior’s height and skills were on display Monday and it was Moore’s 20 points that led the Warriors to a 51-23 Iowa Star Conference victory on Senior Night.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in January but was postponed due to inclement weather.
“There is not really anyone my size in the conference,” said Moore. “It is not too hard to score in there when I get it. Some teams double-team me right off the bat so sometimes it’s difficult, but that just opens things up for my guards on the outside.”
Things weren’t difficult for Moore right away Monday. She had 10 of her 20 points in the first quarter and Meskwaki led 18-5 after one. Each team scored six points in the second quarter, but the Warriors (8-10, 5-9) pulled even further ahead in the third when they used a 16-0 run to go up 42-15 after three frames.
The 16-point jolt included six straight points from senior Jaden Davenport and then six consecutive from senior Kadyn Clark. In the end, Meskwaki outscored the Trojets (0-15, 0-13) 18-4 in the third.
“We moved some kids around and played some kids that don’t normally play,” said Meskwaki coach Heath Brown. “All of our seniors played tonight. We were looking for a different mixture of people. They played well with each other though. It was a typical Senior Night really.”
The Trojets scored eight of the first 10 points in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors finished the game on a 7-0 run and six of those points came from Moore, who came into the game averaging 12.4 points and eight rebounds per game.
“She does pretty well,” said Brown. “She needs to keep working to get better. She has improved as the year has come along. She is doing a pretty good job for us right now.”
Clark complimented Moore with 10 points of her of own, while Davenport added eight. Eight Meskwaki players scored in all. The lone Trojet in double-figures was Lillian Chamness and she finished with a team-high 11 points.
It was the second straight win and the third in the last five games for the Warriors, who return to the floor tonight to face Iowa Star Conference rival Don Bosco.
Moore admitted that this was a game that Meskwaki wanted to use to work on some things for the rest of the year and into the postseason. She would like to improve team chemistry, and Brown wants to be more consistent overall. “We need to be more consistent and limit our mistakes,” Brown said. The only thing Moore did wrong Monday was shooting a 3-pointer late in the game with her team up 51-23 with inside of 5 seconds to play. “I didn’t want her to shoot that,” Brown said. “I have been on the other end of that. I wouldn’t want any one doing that to us.” Brown used multiple lineups throughout the game. He did not have his normal starters on the floor together at the same time until the start of the second half.