Marshalltown’s taxing week ends with loss to Hawkettes
For an inexperienced squad, playing three games in four days to open the season can be a positive thing. It gets the players experience in a short amount of time.
On the flip side, that much game action can be physically and mentally taxing on the young players.
The Marshalltown girls’ basketball team fell to the Ankeny Hawkettes 65-24 Friday night at the Roundhouse, capping a string of three games in four days for the Bobcats.
Marshalltown (0-3) hung with Ankeny (3-1) through the first quarter before the wear and tear of the week started to show through. MHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead on back-to-back buckets from Malory Henze. The Hawkettes then went on a 9-0 run to grab a 9-4 lead. The Bobcats tied it up 9-all on a field goal from Madi Finch followed by a 3-pointer from Alyvia Chadderdon, yet Ankeny took a two-point lead into the second quarter.
“I think tonight you could tell,” said MHS coach Stacy O’Hare. “We came out, had a good first quarter and part of the second quarter. Then we mentally checked out. We were tired. We quit doing things we were doing earlier in the game, like boxing out.
“It tough for these kids. Again, you have young kids you’re asking a lot of for three games in one week. That one thing we said is we have to keep pushing ourselves to be mentally tough.”
That lead extended to double digits as the Hawkettes opened the second with a 10-2 run. The Bobcats would get within seven at 21-14 on a Henze field goal followed by an and-one, but that’s as close as Marshalltown would get the rest of the way.
The Hawkettes went on a 30-0 run that started late in the second quarter and spanned all the way into the fourth before Vanessa Ceren ended the MHS drought with a 3-pointer.
The Bobcats are off until Tuesday, and will return to the drawing board to assess what things they’re doing well and what things need adjusting and improving on, before facing the Jaguars of Class 5A No. 10 Ankeny Centennial on the road.
“In the first couple weeks of practice, I knew offensively we were going to struggle,” O’Hare said. “It’s something we’ve struggled with all the years I’ve been here. I had an offense I thought was going to be beneficial for us, but now I’m having to rethink that a little bit. We’re just not good enough ballhandlers to run it. Myself as a coach, I have to go back and look at that.
“I think our 2-3 defense from Tuesday to tonight has really improved. The kids have gotten better at that, and hopefully it’s something that it’s something we can be proud of, and something we can build on.”
The Bobcats did force the Hawkettes to commit turnovers, but most of the time, Marshalltown would turn the ball right back over. The Hawkettes used their height advantage over the Bobcats, getting second, third and sometimes more chances on the offensive end of the floor. Sydney Shadravan and Sara McCullough, both listed at 5-foot-11, led the Hawkettes with 19 and 13 points, respectively. The Bobcats don’t have a player on the roster listed taller than 5-foot-8.
Henze led the Bobcats with seven points. Ceren had five, Finch finished with four, while Chadderdon and Kyra Long scored three. Luz Morciego rounded out the Marshalltown scoring with two.
“Second half, at that point, it doesn’t matter what the outcome of the game is,” O’Hare said. “It doesn’t matter what the score on the board says. We have just have to start improving and getting better. You’re thinking about things you can do individually to keep improving, so the next game it just carries over.”
Ankeny 65, Marshalltown 24
ANKENY (3-1) — Codee Meyers 3 1-1 8, Sara McCullough 5 3-5 13, Meghan Trimble 1 3-3 5, Molly Close 0 0-0 0, Sydney Shadravan 7 4-6 19, Kayla Heitz 2 0-0 4, Jaelynn Kueker 3 0-1 5, Alexis Legg 0 0-0 0, Kayla Pitz 0 0-0 0, Taylor Peterson 1 0-0 2, Tayla Ayers 0 0-2 0, Reilly Johnson 1 0-0 2, Holly Trimble 1 0-0 2, Isabelle Vacek 2 0-0 4, Ashley Harrington 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 26 11-18 65.
MARSHALLTOWN (0-3) — Erica Johnson 0 0-2 0, Aspen Chadderdon 0 0-0 0, Madi Finch 2 0-0 4, Malory Henze 3 1-2 7, Kassy Vest 0 0-0 0, Alyvia Chadderdon 1 0-0 3, Luz Morciego 1 0-0 2, Vanessa Ceren 1 2-4 5, Vanessa Vergara 0 0-0 0, Kyra Long 1 1-2 3, Katie Matney 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 9 4-10 24.
ANKENY 11 20 22 12 — 65
MHS 9 7 0 8 — 24
3-Point Goals — Ankeny 2 (Myers, Shadravan); MHS 2 (Alyvia Chadderdon, Ceren).