Scarlets serve 40-point setback for Bobcat girls

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Marshalltown’s Vanessa Ceren shoots a jump shot during the first half of Tuesday night’s game against Des Moines East at the Roundhouse. The Bobcats fell 62-22.

The Des Moines East girls jumped out to a 21-0 opening run, and followed it up with another 19-0 run after the Bobcats scored four free throws, and outlasted Marshalltown 62-22 on Friday night.

Nya Gatwech had seven points to lead the Bobcats (0-12), although she only played for the final minute of the second quarter and the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Madi Finch had four points and both Alyvia Chadderdon and Malory Henze had three apiece.

Head coach Stacy O’Hare said the game speed is still a struggle for the Bobcats, who didn’t put up points until 1:24 left in the first quarter on a free-throw from Aspen Chadderdon. It wasn’t until 2:56 remaining in the second quarter that Erica Johnson hit the Bobcats’ first field goal of the game, down 40-6 at that point — and 42-6 at the break.

“It’s the pressure. We’re not able to handle pressure offensively,” O’Hare said. “We’re still not doing a very good job protecting the ball offensively. And for us, to put up points we’ve got to shoot the ball. And to shoot the ball, you’ve got to have possessions. And we don’t have possessions because we’re too busy turning them over.”

Eriana Brown led the way for East (4-7) with her 18 points. Tatiana Hodges-Johnson had 14 points while going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Vanessa Vergara (30) tries to drive past Des Moines East’s Tiana Ziegler (14) during the first half of Tuesday night’s game at the Roundhouse. The Bobcats fell, 62-22.

The Scarlets could do no wrong it seemed, in the first half, as they paced themselves for 21 made field goals and a 16-for-23 free-throw shooting night. The Bobcats committed 23 fouls to the Scarlets’ 13, giving the away team the advantage at the line.

“It’s the same struggle we’ve had since day one and it’s just not getting any better,” O’Hare said. “Defensively, we didn’t look as well as we could’ve tonight. They were very quick and we stressed you can’t let them have dribble penetration, because the defense break down. But we just weren’t in a good defensive stance.”

Marshalltown found a breath of life off an Alyvia Chadderdon 3-pointer — the only of the game for the Bobcats — in the second half. Gatwech, who decided not to go out for basketball in 2016 but changed her mind to rejoin in 2017, showcased her size and ability, snagging four offensive rebounds in the waning minutes to post her seven points.

“We’ve got to start putting points up on the board,” O’Hare said. “We’re not good enough defensively to get multiple stops. For us to be able to compete, we have to put points up on the board. We’ve got to be able to take care of the ball. We go into a panic mode when people get up in our personal space, and we’re too quick to put the ball on the floor and we don’t run an offense.”

Marshalltown hosts Dowling Catholic on Friday night, with a special Veterans’ Night ceremony to follow the conclusion. The Bobcats tip at 6:15 p.m.

Des Moines East 62, Marshalltown 22

DM EAST (4-7) — Eriana Brown 8 1-1 18, Tatiana Hodges-Johnson 3 8-8 14, Madi Garcia 2 0-0 6, Tiana Ziegler 2 2-4 6, Justice Ross 0 0-0 0, Kiana Sanders 3 2-4 9, Morgan Graves 1 2-3 4, Melynn Phillips 0 0-0 0, Marissa Anderson 0 1-2 1, Honor Edmonds 0 0-0 0, JC Stephenson 2 0-1 4. TOTALS 21 16-23 62.

MARSHALLTOWN (0-12) — Erica Johnson 1 0-0 2, Aspen Chadderdon 0 1-2 1, Vanessa Ceren 0 0-0 0, Madi Finch 1 2-2 4, Malory Henze 1 1-2 3, Alyvia Chadderdon 1 0-0 3, Kyra Long 0 0-0 0, Luz Morciego 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Vergara 0 0-0 0, Kassy Vest 0 2-2 2. TOTALS 6 9-11 22.

EAST 24 18 8 12 — 62

MHS 4 2 7 9 — 22

3-Point Goals–EAST 4 (Garcia 2, Brown, Sanders), MHS 1 (Alyvia Chadderdon). Total Fouls–EAST 13, MHS 23. Fouled Out–None.