Road-weary Bobcats fall to 5th-rated Maroons

Madi Finch

Madi Finch

WEST DES MOINES — The first wave was more than the Bobcats could handle, let alone the second and third waves.

Friday’s CIML Iowa Conference loss to Class 5A No. 5 Dowling Catholic ran parallel to the current six-game road swing for the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team, which suffered a decisive 86-22 defeat one tide at a time.

The Maroons (12-1, 6-0) got at least three points from every player it put on the court — 13 of them — with seven different players making 3-pointers. Marshalltown’s 22 points came from its starting five, and the Bobcats (1-12, 0-6) suffered their 12th-straight loss.

“It didn’t seem to matter who was on the floor for them, they knocked down threes,” said MHS head coach Stacy O’Hare. “The second set, even the third set … it just shows how talented they are up and down the lineup. They’ve obviously got great depth.”

The Maroons made off with their ninth win in a row, led by super sophomore Caitlin Clark. She finished with nine points while Anna Wanek and Grace Gaber had 11 points apiece. Josie Filer and Nyajuok Toang also scored nine points each for Dowling, which led 28-4 after the first quarter and 51-9 at the half.

“[Clark] didn’t play a lot tonight, obviously they didn’t need her out there, but she’s a great point guard,” O’Hare said. “She has the ability to drive and shoot from the perimeter, and she does a great job running the floor for their offense and getting the ball where it needs to be.”

Marshalltown sophomore Madi Finch matched game-high scoring honors with her 11 points. Erica Johnson (4), Alyvia Chadderdon (3), Kassy Vest (3) and Grace Metzger (1) completed the Bobcats’ scoring.

The Bobcats’ six-game road swing to start the new year closes at No. 2 Cedar Falls tonight and No. 13 Ames on Tuesday. The Bobcats’ first home game since Dec. 19, 2017, is Jan. 19 against Urbandale.

“Our stretch after Christmas is probably our toughest, since we’re playing the best teams on our schedule and all of them on the road,” O’Hare said. “We’ve got to focus on what we do and the things we can improve on and what we can control. We’ll go out and do our best and that’s all I can ask.”

Dowling Catholic 86, Marshalltown 22

At West Des Moines

MARSHALLTOWN (1-12, 0-6) — Alyvia Chadderdon 1 0-0 3, Erica Johnson 1 2-4 4, Madi Finch 4 2-3 11, Kassy Vest 1 0-0 3, Grace Metzger 0 1-2 1, Kyra Feldman 0 0-0 0, Jade Tejada 0 0-0 0, Aida Almanza 0 0-0 0, Priscila Vergara 0 0-0 0, Gabby Himes 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 7 5-9 22.

DOWLING CATHOLIC (12-1, 6-0) — Caitlin Clark 3 1-2 9, Kaitlyn Moses 1 0-0 3, Mia Cataldo 2 0-0 6, Anna Wanek 4 0-0 11, Jacey Koethe 3 0-0 6, Ella McVey 2 0-0 5, Brianna Rodriguez 2 0-0 4, Meg Simplot 2 0-0 5, Maddie Allen 2 0-0 4, Grace Gaber 4 0-0 11, Allie Hittner 2 0-0 4, Josie Filer 2 5-8 9, Nyajuok Toang 4 1-1 9. TOTALS 33 7-11 86.

MHS 4 5 5 8 — 22

DOWLING 28 23 23 14 — 86

3-Point Goals–MHS 3 (Chadderdon, Finch, Vest), Dowling 13 (Wanek 3, Gaber 3, Clark 2, Cataldo 2, McVey, Simplot, Moses). Total Fouls–MHS 8, Dowling 8. Fouled Out–none.