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Burkhall, ’Riders too much for shorthanded Bobcats

December 1, 2012
By TROY HYDE - T-R Assistant Sports Editor ( , Times-Republican

DES MOINES - Sometimes it's just not your night.

That was the case at Pomerantz Gymnasium on Friday night as the Marshalltown girls basketball team struggled to score points in a 50-15 loss to Des Moines Roosevelt.

The Bobcats only trailed 10-5 after one quarter but then only had 10 points in the remaining three periods, including an 18-0 Rider advantage in the second quarter.

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Marshalltown senior Lauren Mazour, left, is defended by Des Moines Roosevelt’s Alexa Hunt, center, and Miranda Pierce on Friday during the Bobcats’ loss in Des Moines. Mazour finished with a team-high six points.

"For some reason we stopped executing our offense and were really just passing it to the wrong people," Marshalltown coach Tim Johnson said. "It is tough when you don't make shots either."

The Bobcats continued to play without starting point guard Taylor Wagner, who is out with bronchitis. But starting guard Sam Hughes and backup center Brittanie McGrane also missed the game with injuries. Hughes injured her knee against Des Moines Hoover, while McGrane suffered a concussion and a cut above her eye against the Huskies.

"We don't make excuses, but it will take time learning the chemistry of the new lineup," Johnson said. "We have to learn how to play together with everyone. Hopefully they will be back soon."

Fact Box

Des Moines Roosevelt 50, Marshalltown 15

At Des Moines

MHS (1-2) - Hughes 1 0-0 2, Boland 0 0-1 0, Oden 0 1-2 1, Rebik 0 2-2 2, Blagg 2 0-1 4, Banks 0 0-3 0, Mazour 2 2-4 6, Totals 5 5-13 15.

DM ROOSEVELT (1-2) - Carter 1 0-0 2, Singleton 3 2-2 9, Claytor 2 0-0 6, Bauer 2 0-0 6, Burkhall 9 4-5 22, Pierce 2 0-0 4, Kallo 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 7-9 50.

3-Point Goals - DMR 5 (Claytor 2, Bauer 2, Singleton).

Johnson said McGrane's concussion situation requires her to sit out a full week. Hughes got an MRI on Friday but Johnson said he wouldn't know anything about her situation until Monday.

The Bobcats got off to a decent start on the road and led 4-2 following a putback by senior Lauren Mazour. They still remained in the game after one quarter, but then ran into serious offensive issues in the second frame.

The Roughriders scored all 18 points in the period, and most of the damage was done by 6-foot-4 sophomore center Meredith Burkhall. Burkhall hit back-to-back buckets to make it 17-5 and then scored five straight points later to push the advantage to 25-5.

Iowa State women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly made the trip to Des Moines to watch the future star. Burkhall wouldn't disappoint, scoring a game-high 22 points.

"If she gets 22 then we have to learn to not let anyone else beat us," Johnson said. "Eisha's foul trouble did not help the situation. But she did take care of us inside."

The Bobcats did not quit after halftime, putting in some early shots by Mazour and Amanda Hughes. Oden had three fouls in the first half and did not score her first point until she dropped in a free throw with 1:04 to play in the third. The Bobcats trailed 39-11 at that point.

"They continued to work hard in the second half despite being down," Johnson said. "We were making a lot of hustle plays. We just got out of our offense too much. We have to know where to pass the ball."

Mazour scored six points to lead the Bobcats, while sophomore Rachel Blagg had four. The Bobcats made just five shots from the floor and were just 5-of-13 from the line.

Burkhall made nine buckets and was 4-of-5 from the line. Sierra Singleton contributed nine points for the Roughriders, who improved to 1-2 after the win.


Marshalltown returns to the court at 3 p.m. today against Boone in the Roundhouse. The Bobcats then host West Des Moines Valley at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night. Blagg and freshman Ellyn Boland started in place of Wagner and Sam Hughes.

Burkhall scored in a variety of different ways. She is long, athletic and runs the floor exceptionally well. She even dribbled the ball up the floor on a fastbreak and passed off to one of the guards for a wide open 3-pointer. Des Moines Roosevelt was blown out by Dowling Catholic and Waukee in its first two games.



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