MHS rejected by No. 10 Maroons

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown basketball player Luz Morciego (22) puts up a shot contested by Dowling Catholic’s Allie Hittner (51) in the second half Friday night inside the Roundhouse.

It’s no secret the season has been a hard one on the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team. The 69-11 home loss to Dowling Catholic Friday night in CIML Iowa Conference verified it.

But the Bobcats aren’t focused on the final results right now. The team sets a handful of goals before each contest and then goes out trying to reach them, and that’s where success is calculated. Even in the 58-point loss to the Class 5A No. 10 Maroons, the Bobcats did accomplish somethings they set out to do.

“People are going to look at the score, and be like they didn’t put points up,” said MHS coach Stacy O’Hare. “We did a lot of good things on offense tonight. We’ve worked on trying to be strong with the ball, taking some time off the clock and getting good shots. There were times we had the ball for a minute, a long possession.

“We didn’t shoot the ball a lot. I used a timeout. All of the sudden we came out and started shooting. I thought we got good shots. They just weren’t falling.”

The Maroons (10-2, 5-0 Iowa Conference) jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter, opening the game on a 15-0 run, getting points from five different players in the run. Alyvia Chadderdon broke up the run with a field goal to get the Bobcats (0-13, 0-5 Iowa Conference) on the scoreboard.

The first four points of the second quarter went to the Maroons before Erica Johnson drained a 3-pointer on the other end. Another run of 15-0 opened things to 36-5 for the Maroons. Madi Finch ended that run with a bucket. Dowling took a 43-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“First half, I thought we did a lot of good things, even though the score didn’t show it,” O’Hare said. “Second half (Dowling) went to a 1-3-1 zone. We don’t see a zone very often, so it’s not something we work on a lot.”

Dowling had four players finish in double figures. Caitlin Clark led all scorers with 15 points. Anna Wanek added 13, Jacey Koethe had 11 and Kaitlyn Moses finished with 10. Finch, Kyra Long and Johnson all finished with three points apiece for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats were outscored 14-1 in the third quarter, the lone Marshalltown point coming from a Finch free throw before Dowling closed the quarter out on a 10-0 run. The run spilled over into the fourth quarter, and reached 20-0 before Long made a 3-pointer late in the quarter.

For the Bobcat girls to continue reaching the goals they set out for themselves, O’Hare stressed it starts in practice, saying the Bobcats first have to have success in practice, and hopefully it will translate over to live action. One thing O’Hare pointed out from Friday the Bobcats willl need to work on is getting back on defense. A good chunk of Dowling points came in transition.

“We get after it in practice, but then we might do something fun, even if it’s something like ‘Knockout’,” O’Hare said in trying to keep morale up in the midst of a losing streak. “It’s something the kids like. We do an 11-man drill, where I don’t know why but the kids love it, and the coaches play. For them, it’s fun to see us out there. Kids are diving on the floor, and just getting after it.”

The Bobcats have back-to-back games to open up the week next week. Marshalltown will first travel to Mason City on Monday before returning home to host Ames on Tuesday.

Dowling Catholic 69, Marshalltown 11

DOWLING CATHOLIC (10-2, 5-0) — Caitlin Clark 6 1-2 15, Kaitlyn Moses 5 0-0 10, Mia Cataldo 2 1-2 7, Anna Wanek 6 0-0 13, Josie Flier 2 3-3 7, Emma Gaber 0 0-0 0, Hallie Ketcham 1 0-0 2, Jacey Koethe 3 5-6 11, Grace Gaber 0 0-0 0, Alexis Danner 1 0-0 2, Annie Simplot 0 0-0 0, Allie Hittner 1 0-0 2, Nyajuok Toang 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 27 10-13 69.

MARSHALLTOWN (0-13, 0-5) — Alyvia Chadderdon 1 0-0 2, Erica Johnson 1 0-0 3, Aspen Chadderdon 0 0-0 0, Madi Finch 1 1-2 3, Malory Henze 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Ceren 0 0-0 0, Kassy Vest 0 0-0 0, Luz Morciego 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Vergara 0 0-0 0, Nya Gatwech 0 0-0 0, Kyra Long 1 0-0 3. TOTALS 4 1-4 11.

DOWLING 17 26 14 12 — 69

MHS 2 5 1 3 — 11

3-Point Goals–DC 5 (Clark 2, Cataldo 2, Wanek); MHS 2 (Johnson, Long).