DES MOINES - Losing to Des Moines Hoover is tough enough. But coupled with a 57-46 loss to the Huskies is the likelihood of losing senior Luke Madsen for the rest of the season.
Madsen suffered a broken bone in his leg when he was taken down in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against the physical Huskies.
"Hoover is very physical, very tough and very athletic," MHS coach Scott Smith said. "I told the guys we have a good man down now. You won't find a better kid than Luke Madsen. If he can't return to the court, he will definitely be around the guys all season."
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
Marshalltown High School senior Riley Wirth puts up a shot in the lane against Des Moines Hoover on Tuesday night during the Bobcats’ 57-46 loss in Des Moines.
The Huskies (1-0) play with an extreme amount of toughness and are very hard to score on. Marshalltown wants to run this year, but Hoover did a better job of taking that away and controlled tempo most of the night in the season opener for both teams.
The Bobcats trailed by just four after one quarter as back-to-back jumpers by Madsen tied it at four early and then a triple by Hunter Hillygus made it 12-9 with 1:22 left in the frame.
Hoover stretched that lead to 10 points early in the second quarter following three straight 3-pointers from sophomore Chris King. Gatlat Toang, who was the Husky who injured Madsen in the fourth, scored a couple buckets later in the frame to give the Huskies a 30-19 advantage at the break. King scored 15 points for Hoover, while Toang added 12.
Des Moines Hoover 57, Marshalltown 46
At Des Moines
MHS (0-1) - Gimbel 3 6-6 15, Kluver 1 2-2 4, Madsen 2 0-0 4, McDowell 2 2-4 , Judkins 4 0-0 8, McCarville 1 0-0 3, Hillygus 0 1-2 1, Chamberlin 1 2-2 5, Totals 14 13-16 46.
Hoover (1-0) - Edwards 3 0-1 6, Thomas 2 0-0 5, Wal 1 0-0 2, King 6 0-0 15, Canada 3 9-10 15, Toang 4 4-4 12, Daughtery 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 13-15 57.
3-Point Goals - MHS 5 (Gimbel 3, Chamberlin, McCarville). Hoover 4 (King 3, Thomas).
"We need to rebound better," Smith said. "We knew coming in that would be a challenge. We were unable to run much in the first half because they beat us up pretty good on the boards."
Marshalltown answered the call physically in the second half though as the Bobcats continued to fight. A couple buckets inside from Blake Judkins, a trey from Blake Gimbel and another deuce inside from De'Quan McDowell all helped the Bobcats win the third quarter as they trailed by 10 heading to the last eight minutes.
"The kids responded to the physicality in the second half and I was proud of them for that," Smith said. "Last year we may have backed away from it, but some kids grew up tonight. I was happy with the aggressive mentality. We didn't back down."
Shortly into the fourth quarter is when the Bobcats lost Madsen for the remainder of the game - and likely for the season.
The senior captain came into the lane to attempt a shot but a whistle stopped play. But Toang continued to play well after the whistle and extended his body into Madsen. Madsen then landed hard on the ground and stayed down until he was carted off the court on a stretcher.
"It's a big loss," Smith said. "Luke is the heart and soul of this team."
Madsen was taken to Mercy Hospital for further evaluation and broke both bones in his leg, Smith said. The game was delayed about 20 minutes as well.
Toang was called for a technical foul on the play. Gimbel buried the two technical free throws and Tyler Kluver added two more free throws on the next possession as the Bobcats cut the Hoover lead to eight.
The Huskies, though, scored 10 of the next 12 points to go up 52-35 and never led by less than 11 the rest of the way.
"We'll keep after it, and good things will come to this team this year," Smith said. "We were able to get into a flow offensively at times. We'll keep working and try to continue to improve."
Gimbel finished with a game-high 15 points to lead the Bobcats, while Judkins had eight and McDowell finished with six. The Bobcats were 13-of-16 from the foul line.
Aside from King and Toang, Hoover's Malachi Canada also finished in double-figures with 15. The Huskies were 13-of-15 from the line.