Tigers can’t close out John Wood

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown Community College basketball player Alyssa Roth (20) is fouled by John Wood CC’s Kaley Augspurg in the first quarter at the Student Activity Center in Marshalltown. Roth tied a career-high with 19 points, but MCC came up short, falling 60-56.

Shooting just 21.4 percent from the floor in the third quarter after shooting 41.9 percent in the first half, frustration began to set in for members of the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team.

That’s when things turned in favor of John Wood Community College, who would go on to win Saturday’s non-conference game 60-56.

With about two minutes left in the third and MCC (6-10) leading 40-36, Estelle Eduardo put up a 3-point shot that came up well short. Eduardo thought she was fouled on the play, but the official signaled John Wood’s (5-10) Kaley Augspurg had blocked the shot. As the Blazers moved the ball toward the other end of the floor, Eduardo let her feelings be known, which drew a technical foul.

Following the technical foul, the Blazers closed the third quarter out on a 10-2 run, turning a four-point deficit into a four-point advantage heading into the final stanza, and John Wood never looked back. The Blazers began the fourth scoring the first five points to build a nine-point advantage. MCC came back with a layup from Alyssa Roth, followed by a pair of free throws from Dalia Cantu to creep within five. However, JWCC stretched the lead back out to 10 at 56-46 with two minutes left.

“A lot of little things factored, and that was one of them,” said MCC coach Steve Garber. “Letting your emotions get to yourself. Trying to officiate and play. A lot of immaturity. We had a couple kids immature, not play. Can’t have that.”


MCC got within arm’s reach with a 10-3 run on layups from Loralei Siliga, Roth, Claudia Morente and Siliga again to pull within three in the final 20 seconds. But John Wood’s playing of keep away was efficient enough to avoid getting fouled by MCC without major time running off the clock.

Roth led all scorers, totaling 19 points, tying a career-high she set on Tuesday at Saint Louis Community College. Eduardo added 12, and Morente accounted for 10. Despite the loss, the Tigers forced JWCC to turn the ball over 26 times, and MCC scored 18 points off the turnovers. MCC turned the ball over 12 less times than the opposition, but the timing of when the turnovers happened is what cost the Tigers. MCC was outrebounded 39-25.

“People not showing up to play,” Garber said in what the difference of the outcome was. “Turnovers. Useless turnovers that weren’t forced. Missed layups after missed layups. Just didn’t have it all together. Spotty today. Can’t play that way.

“We’re thin as far as talent is concerned for the most part. If one person doesn’t show up to play, it effects the whole team. Just have to keep on keeping on.”

After falling behind 5-4 midway through the first quarter, a pair of Eduardo 3-point shots with layups from Morente and Roth in between gave MCC a 14-7 lead in what turned out to be MCC’s largest lead of the day. The Blazers battled back to take a one-point, 22-21, lead in the latter half of the second. Roth took the lead back with a trey, and after John Wood tied it 24-all, Morente sank a shot of her own from downtown. Barbara Aroaz closed out the first half sinking a long 3-point shot at the buzzer for a 32-26 lead.

MCC is at Ellsworth Community College Wednesday for a 5:30 tip. The Tigers will look to avenge a 71-68 home loss to Ellsworth earlier this season.

John Wood CC 60, Marshalltown CC 56

JOHN WOOD CC (5-10) — Lexus Fox 4-8 6-9 14, Michaela Gronewold 2-4 0-0 5, Autumn Voigt 2-6 1-2 5, Madelyn Hyer 4-9 0-0 8, Shelby Connell 1-7 1-2 3, Kaley Augspurg 2-2 1-2 6, Samantha Jett 2-2 0-0 4, Riley Plumer 3-4 0-0 6, Tiffany Schoenekase 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Patrick 3-3 3-4 9. TOTALS 23-45 12-19 60.

MCC (6-10) — Barbara Araoz 2-7 0-0 5, Dalia Cantu 1-6 2-2 4, Loralei Siliga 3-9 0-0 6, Claudia Morente 4-9 0-0 10, Estelle Eduardo 5-15 0-0 12, Nisha Doby 0-1 0-0 0, Alyssa Roth 7-13 4-5 19. TOTALS 22-60 6-7 56.

JOHN WOOD 9 17 20 14 — 60

MCC 14 18 10 14 — 56

3-Point Goals–JWCC 2-3 (Augspurg 1-1, Gronewold 1-2); MCC 6-20 (Morente 2-4, Eduardo 2-7, Roth 1-3, Araoz 1-4, Siliga 0-1, Doby 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Technical Fouls–MCC 1 (Eduardo). Rebounds–JWCC 39 (Voigt 10); MCC 25 (Cantu 6). Assists–JWCC 14 (Jett 4); MCC 10 (Morente 5). Total Fouls–JWCC 15, MCC 18.