Tigers put finishing touches on Dutch
The Tigers pulled away from the Dutch in the fourth quarter, but that doesn’t mean the first three quarters weren’t a grind.
The Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team built a lead of 10 points early in the second quarter, only to let it dwindle down to one by halftime, thanks to Central JV scoring points off of turnovers. MCC (11-14) fell behind by two twice in the third, but the Tigers clawed back to lead by as many as 17 in the fourth on their way to a 70-58 non-conference win against the Dutch Monday evening inside the Student Activity Center.
Tides turned in MCC’s favor offensively in the second half. After shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half, the Tigers shot 62.1 percent in the final two quarters. Getting 16 points from Claudia Morente in the second half, the Tiger freshman led all scorers with 21 points. The other two MCC players to finish in double digits came off the bench as Estelle Eduardo and Loralei Siliga scored 14 and 10, respectively. Eduardo also led MCC with nine rebounds. The Dutch were led by Jessica Butters with 18 points, and Jessica Nelson added 11.
“In the second half, we just hit our shots,” MCC head coach Steve Garber said. “Shot very well, scoring almost 50 points in the second half. Just a little bit tentative in the first half as far as shooting the ball. Came out in the second half with some people stepping up, being more aggressive to score. When the ball goes in the hole, it’s a whole different ballgame. Not all too often have we had that happen to us. Certainly happened to us today.”
Getting five-straight points from Eduardo to open the second, the Tigers opened a 15-5 lead. Central came back with back-to-back 3s to get within four. Morente and Eduardo responded with 3s of their own to push the lead back out to 10. The Dutch, however, finished the opening half on a 9-0 run, getting six points from Butters and a trey from Savanah Thorton, to trim the MCC halftime lead to 21-20. The Dutch scored 15 points in the first half off of MCC turnovers, and finished the game with 26 points off 18 Tiger turnovers. MCC scored just nine points off of 12 Central turnovers.
“It’s been our downfall,” Garber said. “We have a couple downfalls with this group. One is silly turnovers. When it continues, just keep on keeping on. Identify what you can do, what you can’t do. Don’t try to do things you can’t do that’ll put you in a situation where you’ll turn the ball over.
“They were looking for three-second calls tonight. We had three of those. Those should never happen. Think those are the only three we’ve had all season, and it all comes in one game. We just have to adjust. It’s identifying and not trying to do too many things. Keeping things simple for each person on the floor.”
Central took two-point leads 25-23 and 28-26 two minutes into the third. MCC responded with an 8-2 run to take a lead that Central never saw again. The Dutch did tie things 34-all on a Butters field goal, but Morente drained a basket from deep 3-point territory, which she followed up with a fast-break layup giving MCC a 39-34 advantage. Siliga scored the final five MCC points of the third, helping the Tigers to a 44-38 edge heading to the final quarter.
Central kept things within five three minutes and chance into the fourth, but Morente and Eduardo hit 3s, Siliga hit a bucket and the and-one after being fouled, and Dalia Cantu added a field goal for an 11-0 run pushing a 49-44 lead to 61-44.
The Tigers are on the road for their next two games. MCC travels to Moberly Area Community College on Wednesday before traveling to Grand View JV this coming Monday. MCC closes out the regular season at home Feb. 25 against Northeast Community College.
Marshalltown Community College 70, Central JV 58
CENTRAL JV — Kylie Mack 3-12 0-0 8, Savanah Thorton 2-9 0-0 6, Jessica Nelson 4-11 0-0 11, Maddi Hennessey 2-4 0-0 5, Jessica Butters 8-15 2-2 18, Abbie Agan 2-5 0-3 4, Kristin Hubert 1-4 0-0 2, Emily O’Brien 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Salvador 2-4 0-0 4, Lilly Smithson 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-65 2-5 58.
MCC (11-14) — Dalia Cantu 3-10 0-0 7, Nisha Doby 1-2 0-0 3, Alyssa Roth 1-3 0-0 2, Claudia Morente 8-12 2-2 21, Kiana Weston 3-5 0-1 6, Sarah Kavanh 0-2 0-0 0, Barbara Aroaz 2-4 2-2 7, Ryan Roberts 0-0 0-0 0, Loralei Siliga 4-7 1-1 10, Estelle Eduardo 5-11 0-0 14. TOTALS 27-56 5-6 70.
CENTRAL JV 5 15 18 20 — 58
MCC 10 11 23 26 — 70
3-Point Goals–Central JV 8-21 (Nelson 3-6, Mack 2-4, Thorton 2-8, Hennessey 1-2, Hubert 0-1); MCC 11-23 (Eduardo 4-8, Morente 3-5, Doby 1-1, Siliga 1-1, Araoz 1-2, Cantu 1-4, Kavanh 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds–Central JV 33 (Butters 8); MCC 40 (Eduardo 9). Assists–Central JV 10 (Thorton 3); MCC 13 (Eduardo 4). Total Fouls–Central JV 11, MCC 13.