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Redhawks’ bid for first win denied

January 23, 2008
TRAER — Looking for its first win of the season, one might have to consider North Tama snake bit.

A team that doesn’t make or shoot many 3-pointers went to the 3-point shot to keep the Redhawks winless.

Tripoli’s Kalie Kirchhoff hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Panthers defeated North Tama 39-36 Tuesday in Iowa Star Conference girls’ basketball.

The Redhawks (0-13, 0-12) had the ball under their basket with 6.6 seconds left and had their inbounds pass knocked away by Tripoli. The Panthers’ Natalie Figanbaum got the loose ball near midcourt and moved the ball upcourt to Kirchhoff.

Tripoli (5-10, 5-9) came into the contest averaging one 3-point field goal attempt per game. The Panthers’ fifth made 3-pointer of the year came Tuesday night just before the buzzer as Kirchhoff hit the game-winner from the top of the key. Kirchhoff had three 3-pointers in Tripoli’s win over North Tama last month.

The loss for the Redhawks is their third this season by three points or less.

“We’re continuing to get better,” said North Tama head coach Brandon Krusey. “We just seem to find a way to end up on the short end.”

North Tama fell behind by as many as nine in the opening half before Hannah Pearson’s seven second-quarter points led the Redhawks back within 21-17 at the half.

The hosts first lead of the game came in the third quarter at 29-28, but Tripoli was able to push ahead by five going into the final five minutes.

A Janelle Hayek 3-pointer for North Tama with 3:03 left tied the game at 36-36. Both teams had their chances the rest of the way to take the lead, but neither scored until the buzzer.

“Our effort was great again. I thought our defense was great again,” Krusey said. “It came down to the last minute of the game and we just couldn’t hit the shot we needed to.”

“We could have cashed it in a few times when we were behind. We were down five with less than four minutes left and did a good job of battling back,” he added. “This one is a hard one to take.”

Pearson led the Redhawks with nine points. Hayek finished with seven, while Erin Herink and Sadie Hamilton had six apiece.

Kirchhoff had a team-high nine points for the Panthers. Figanbaum had all seven of her points in the third quarter and Erica Ollendieck also had seven points.

Tuesday marked a start of nine games in 13 days for North Tama, next up is a matchup with Walnut Ridge Friday in Traer.

Article Photos

North Tama's Janelle Hayek attempts a shot during the Redhawks' home loss to Tripoli Tuesday night in Traer.

Fact Box

Tripoli 39, North Tama 36
At Traer
TRIPOLI (5-10, 5-9) — Natalie Figanbaum 3 1-4 7, Marissa Shinstine 2 0-0 4, Kalie Kirchhoff 4 0-0 9, Hillary Schwemm 0 3-4 3, Erica Ollendieck 3 1-2 7, Liz Platte 1 0-0 2, Ashley Figanbaum 0 1-2 1, Tiffany Nilges 2 0-5 4, Chelsea Gilbert 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 16 6-17 39.
NORTH TAMA (0-13, 0-12) — Hannah Pearson 4 0-0 9, Janelle Hayek 3 0-0 7, Erin Herink 3 0-0 6, Morgan Halupnick 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Upah 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Anderson 2 0-0 4, Amanda Howard 1 1-4 4, Sadie Hamilton 3 0-0 6. TOTALS 16 1-4 36.
TRI 12 9 11 7 — 39
NT 7 10 12 7 — 36
3-Point Goals — TRI 1 (Kirchhoff); NT 3 (Pearson, Hayek, Howard).



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