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Bobcats have tough go of it at No. 12 Ames

January 9, 2008
By MARK PAWLAK, TIMES-REPUBLICAN
AMES — Winning at Ames is tough already.

Having a turnover total that is close to your number of points makes it almost impossible.

Turnovers hurt Marshalltown Tuesday night as the Bobcats fell to 12th-ranked Ames 52-33 in CIML Iowa Conference girls’ basketball.

Marshalltown (3-6, 1-4) was its own worst enemy most of the night as it committed 28 turnovers and missed a handful of shots near the basket.

“The turnovers were bad tonight,” said Marshalltown head coach Missy Sharer. “You’re not goint to win a lot with 28 turnovers.”

Ames (9-3, 4-1) pulled out to a 17-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter and put the game away as sophomore Ellen Hanson scored the first eight points of the second to put the Bobcats in a 25-7 hole.

The Bobcats got back to 31-17 at the half but could get no closer.

“Ames is a tough place to play. We’ve never played well at Ames,” Sharer said.

When Marshalltown was able to get the ball inside it was successful as Lauren Lockhart had a team-high 10 points and Taylor Gaffney had six.

A combination of bad passes from the wing and not playing strong at times led the Bobcats to not getting the ball to the post enough, Sharer said.

Madelyn Van Metre added seven points off the bench for Marshalltown. Kelly Fitzgerald had a team-high five rebounds, while Emily Hunt had three steals.

“We’re not getting the results,” Sharer said. “What I see in practice with the basics and the fundamentals are not coming out in the games right now.”

Trisha Nesbitt paced the Little Cyclones with 14 points and five steals. Maura Owings added 12 points and Hansen chipped in 10.

Next up for the Bobcats is a matchup with West Des Moines Valley Friday at the Roundhouse.

“Valley is going to be a very similar team to Ames. They are guard-oriented,” Sharer said. “Valley beat Ames the first round through so the road is not going to get any easier for us.”

Article Photos

T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
Marshalltown senior Alison Vandegrift, left, goes up for a shot against Ames defenders Trisha Nesbitt (10) and Abbey Adkins (54) during Tuesday’s CIML Iowa
Conference contest in Ames.

Fact Box

Ames 52, Marshalltown 33
At Ames
MARSHALLTOWN (3-6, 1-4) — Kelly Fitzgerald 2-7 0-2 4, Elli Mathis 0-5 0-0 0, Taylor Gaffney 2-4 2-2 6, Alison Vandegrift 0-2 1-3 1, Lauren Locckhart 5-7 0-0 10, Anna Buzbee 2-2 0-0 4, Emily Hunt 0-4 1-2 1, Madelyn Van Metre 2-8 2-2 7, Mallori Buresh 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Boland 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Ewalt 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 13-40 6-11 33.
AMES (9-3, 4-1) — Trisha Nesbitt 4-13 4-4 14, Kylie Drzycimski 0-3 0-0 0, Ellen Hansen 4-7 0-0 10, Maura Owings 6-9 0-2 12, Kionna Kellogg 1-7 2-2 4, Emma Rathe 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey Elliott 1-2 0-0 2, Hanna Burt 2-2 4-4 8, Anna Ashley 0-0 0-1 0, Taylor Slater 0-0 0-0 0, Clare Kohler 0-0 0-0 0, Brooke Wood 0-1 0-0 0, Jasmine Harris 1-2 0-0 2, Abbey Adkins 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 19-46 10-13 52.
MHS 7 10 6 10 — 33
AMES 17 14 10 11 — 52
3-Point Goals — MHS 1-8 (Van Metre 1-2, Fitzgerald 0-1, Gaffney 0-1, Vandegrift 0-1, Mathis 0-3); Ames 4-10 (Nesbitt 2-4, Hansen 2-4, Owings 0-1, Harris 0-1). Fouled out — Fitzgerald.

 
 
 

 

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