MCC women lose opening game to William Penn JV

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown Community College sophomore Alyssa Roth (20) puts up a shot while William Penn senior Sydney Thompson attempts to block it during the Statesmen's 68-46 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown Community College sophomore Alyssa Roth (20) puts up a shot while William Penn senior Sydney Thompson attempts to block it during the Statesmen's 68-46 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Basketball season is officially underway in Iowa, as the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team started off its season on Wednesday with a game against the William Penn University junior varsity squad.

The Tigers weren’t able to start things off on the winning side, however, falling to the Statesmen 68-46, largely due to a second-half offensive explosion by William Penn.

MCC was only down 30-27 at halftime, but the Tigers had a rough time shooting in the second half, while the Statesman heated up.

Marshalltown head coach Steve Garber said the girls looked alright in their first game, they just couldn’t get anything to drop in the second half.

“The first half we had a little bit of offense because we were hitting some shots, some open shots, and that’s going to be the tell-tale sign of this team,” Garber said. “To better their offensive production by hitting open shots, we had some good looks, we had some good spacing, we just have to have people stepping up, specifically the five sophomores. It’s their responsibility and it will come and go according to their performance and we will see where that leadership comes from.”

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

The Tigers were given good opportunities at open shots, mainly due to some effective drive and kicking from point guard Claudia Morente. The sophomore from Girona, Spain, finished the game with four assists and eight points, and had MCC hit its shots her assist number would have been even higher.

“It’s my job as a coach to put people in a position where they can score, and when you put people in their positions and they are open, it’s there job to knock them down,” Garber said. “We do everything we need to do to help the kids identify if the green light is open, and now it’s their responsibility to mentally handle that and step up.”

Alyssa Roth led the Tigers with 16 points seven rebounds in the loss, while Loralei Siliga had nine points and six rebounds. Garber said he expects the returners like Roth, Siliga and Morente to play well, but the team’s success will come down to the development of girls like sophomores Ryan Roberts and Sara Kavanh.

“We have a couple players in the lineup that didn’t play as much last year, and they are going to learn as we go along that they are going to have to step up, otherwise this is going to be a longer season than we want it to be,” Garber said. “It will be the returning starters’ job to mentally prepare and be consistent in leading the team. We saw glimpses of that here and there, but specifically in the first half and second half people got tired because of our lack of depth and things just kind of went south.”

William Penn was led by Brasia Solid, who scored 26 points in the final three quarters after going scoreless in the first. Solid also had 17 rebounds to complete a double-double, including five offensive boards. Garber said moving forward, his girls have to do better on the defensive glass.

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T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

“We play a zone most of the time and then we have to go man to speed things up, but it comes down to eliminating the offensive rebounds, they had way too many offensive rebounds, and those are things that we can do,” he said. “Sometimes we are matched up against someone who is maybe quicker or stronger than us, and that hurts, so it’s just getting better individually as a basketball player.”

MCC looks for its first win of the season on Tuesday when it hits the road to take on Southwestern Community College in Creston at 5:30 p.m.

Willliam Penn JV 68, Marshalltown CC 46

At Marshalltown

WILLIAM PENN JV (68) — Manson 5-9 3-3 17, Guyton 2-9 2-4 7, Solid 12-20 2-2 26, Hugins 2-10 0-0 5, Benally 4-10 0-0 8, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Murillo 0-0 0-0 0, Donahoo 0-0 0-0 0, T.Moore 1-3 1-2 3, Cruz 1-4 0-0 2, W.Moore 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 27-70 8-11 68.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

MARSHALLTOWN CC (46) — Kavanh 0-3 0-0 0, Morente 2-12 4-7 8, Roberts 2-8 1-2 7, Roth 6-14 3-8 16, Siliga 3-16 3-6 9, Jaumandreu 2-5 0-0 5, Uceda 0-4 1-2 1. TOTALS 15-62 12-25 46.

William Penn JV 12 18 21 17 — 68

Marshalltown CC 13 14 14 5 — 46

3-Point Goals–William Penn JV 6-25 (Manson 4-6, Guyton 1-2, Hugins 1-8, Wilson 0-2, Thompson 0-2, Cruz 0-2, Benally 0-3), Marshalltown CC 4-18 (Roberts 2-7, Roth 1-2, Jaumandreu 1-2, Kavanh 0-2, Siliga 0-2, Morente 0-3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–William Penn JV 51 (Solid 17), Marshalltown CC 31 (Roth 7). Assists–William Penn JV 16 (Manson 6), Marshalltown CC 9 (Morente 4). Total Fouls–William Penn JV 23, Marshalltown CC 10.