Little ’Clones run rampant over MHS

AMES – In a stark contrast to their last meeting, the Ames girls’ basketball team tore free of Marshalltown from the opening tip and thrashed the Bobcats 63-26 in Friday’s Central Iowa Conference Northern Division contest.

The Bobcats (3-17, 0-5) trailed 16-2 after one quarter and 40-3 at the half, only to stay even with the Little Cyclones the rest of the way.

Ten different players scored for Ames, which got out to a 7-0 lead and never let up in completing the season sweep of the Bobcats in a week’s time. The Little Cyclones topped MHS 64-49 last Saturday at the Roundhouse, but the rematch barely resembled the first pairing.

“I think (Ames) just came out with a lot more intensity, they were aggressive from the get-go,” said Marshalltown coach Stacy O’Hare. “You could just tell they wanted it more than we did.”

DeJa McAtee scored a game-high 12 points to pace Ames, while Molly Sanders had 10 and Jamie Steyer added nine. Ryan Weiss and Emily Frisk chipped in seven points apiece.

The Little Cyclones (11-7, 4-1) sunk nine 3-pointers and shot 10-for-10 from the free-throw line to collect their third consecutive win.

Marshalltown was paced by Amanda Hughes and Rachel Blagg, who both netted nine points. Sam Hughes was held to three points in the Bobcats’ 12th straight loss.

The Bobcats return to action on Monday with a make-up game at home against Ankeny.