Tigers suffer fourth-straight loss

MCC women succumb to Southeastern

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown Community College freshman Maria Cruz Uceda (44) scoops home a shot during the second half of the Tigers’ loss to Southeastern Community College on Monday. Uceda scored a career-high 13 points in the loss.

Monday’s game between the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team and Southeastern Community College was a roller coaster of emotions for the Tiger faithful.

MCC jumped out to an 8-0 lead right out of the gates on its way to winning the first quarter 19-9, but the Tigers were outscored 22-8 in the second quarter to trail 31-27 at halftime.

The Tigers would make a couple runs to keep the pressure on the Blackhawks, but ultimately Southeastern would prevail 59-54.

Marshalltown head coach Steve Garber the team, which has now lost four-straight games since the start of December, hasn’t been playing consistently enough to come away with wins.

“That’s what defines this team, we have a lot of inconsistent abilities to not score,” Garber said after the loss. “We can score like the game started in the first four possessions, boom boom boom, and we can go the next six possessions in a row not even getting good shots or turn the ball over and it’s just the inconsistency of this team that we continue to work on and see if we can get a little bit more mentally tougher as far as keeping focus in the ball game.”

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown Community College’s Loralei Siliga (23) makes a move to get inside Southeastern Community College’s Ciera Walker during the Tigers’ loss to the Blackhawks on Monday.

After halftime, the Tigers (5-9) came out punching in the third quarter, especially leading-scorer Loralei Siliga, who had 11 of MCC’s 19 points in the third frame. The Blackhawks (10-3) kept pace, however, dropping in 18 points of their own to keep a 3-point lead.

Garber said giving up points out of halftime has been a struggle all season for his girls, and Monday was no different.

“We gave up 18 points in the third quarter so that’s not good, and that’s been our downfall all season and continues to be so,” he said. “They have to make a decision to do something about it, they are the one in charge out there and there’s not a whole lot that I can do. We address it, we punish them, we award them for third-quarter props and it just runs the gambit as far as getting them mentally into that third quarter and come out and compete at the level we need to compete.”

MCC went cold to start the fourth quarter, going more than four minutes before scoring its first bucket, and though the women continued to claw back by that time it was too little too late.

The loss goes back to the second quarter, where the Blackhawks flipped the script on the Tigers, and Southeastern head coach Jerry Jerome said his girls did well to turn things around, though they weren’t able to fully pull away.

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“They came out with a lot more energy than us in the first quarter, which is understandable because it’s tough starting out on the road, but they did have a great first quarter and we were a step behind them,” Jerome said. “We got going in the second quarter, we made a nice run to start that thing and got back in the game but we couldn’t get any separation. Every time we got it to five or six points we would turn the ball over or something and the second half was pretty much the same way.”

Siliga ended up scoring 27 points to lead all scorers for MCC, but one player recording half your points generally isn’t something Garber said he wants to see.

“I see it every game, we have to have some sophomores step up a little bit more, I am kind of disappointed in some of the sophomore play and not being able to put the ball in the hole and contribute,” Garber said. “They are the ones that have to lead the freshmen, but at the same time our two freshmen are coming along.”

One of those freshmen, Maria Cruz Uceda, got the start for the Tigers and had one of her best games of the season, recording a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, career highs in both categories.

Garber said if Uceda continues her upward trend, she will continue cutting into the playtime of the older players.

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“Maria is doing a good job and starting to score a little more, she’s going to take some time away from somebody because I don’t sit around and wait,” he said. “You either put up or you sit down.”

MCC returns to action on Wednesday night when it plays in the first half of a double-header against Iowa Lakes, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Southeastern CC 59, Marshalltown CC 54

At Marshalltown

SOUTHEASTERN CC (10-3) — Waller 3-10 4-6 10, Pezley 3-10 1-2 7, Morpurgo 4-8 2-2 11, Oakman 5-15 2-2 13, Walker 2-6 5-7 9, Flowers 1-3 0-0 3, Shelby 2-4 0-0 6, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 20-57 14-19 59.

MARSHALLTOWN CC (5-9) — Kavanh 0-0 0-0 0, Morente 1-10 0-0 2, Roth 5-9 0-1 10, Siliga 13-22 0-0 27, Uceda 6-9 0-0 13, Roberts 0-1 2-2 2, Jaumandreu 0-4 0-0 0. TOTALS 25-55 2-3 54.

SCC 9 22 18 10 — 59

MCC 19 8 19 8 — 54

3-Point Goals–SCC 5-22 (Shelby 2-3, Morpurgo 1-2, Flowers 1-2, Oakman 1-7, Walker 0-1, Waller 0-4, Pezley 0-3, ), MCC 2-15 (Uceda 1-1, Siliga 1-3, Roberts 0-1, Roth 0-3, Jaumandreu 0-3, Morente 0-4). Rebounds–SCC 37 (Walker 11), MCC 28 (Uceda 12). Assists–SCC 5 (two with 2), MCC 8 (Siliga 3). Total Fouls–SCC 16, MCC 8. Fouled Out–None.