Urbandale handles MHS girls, 57-20
URBANDALE — Generally when coming out of a long break, the biggest thing that can cause issues for a team is fatigue, and that definitely seemed to be the case for the Marshalltown girls basketball team on Tuesday night in its 57-20 loss to Urbandale in a CIML Iowa Conference road test.
After managing a decent comeback in the first quarter to only trail by nine, 18-9, the J-Hawks (4-5, 1-2) held the Bobcats (1-9, 0-3) scoreless in the second quarter to take a 32-9 lead into halftime.
Marshalltown head coach Stacy O’Hare said her girls showed well to start the game, but eventually the Urbandale attack was too much to handle.
“Our first quarter was by far our best quarter, I thought defensively our 2-3 was really good, even in the first and second quarters,” she said. “Most of their points came off of transition or it came off of our turnovers, but overall in the halfcourt our defense is good when we slow teams down.”
The Bobcats finished with 21 total turnovers in the loss, 14 of which came in the first half, and considering their shot just wasn’t dropping as well, O’Hare said that was a recipe for disaster.
“We had some shots that didn’t fall that kind of rimmed in and rimmed out,” O’Hare said. “They kept trying to shoot, I thought Urbandale’s pressure just kept kind of pushing us away from the basket and they never really allowed us to get into our offense. We tried a couple of different things but just overall our offense just didn’t flow. They were running a kind of scramble defense where they were just trapping and there was really no rhyme or reason to their defense, it’s just to put a lot of pressure on us and we just don’t handle pressure very well.”
Alyvia Chadderdon was the leading MHS scorer with seven points, while Erica Johnson had six and Madi Finch four. Urbandale was led by Sierra Herzberg’s 14 points, while Dee Dee Pryor had 13, many of which came off turnovers.
MHS was also down one of its leading scorers in senior Kassy Vest, which shrunk an already small rotation for O’Hare. Though it didn’t show much in the stats, O’Hare said freshman Kyra Feldman did a good job filling in Vest’s starting role, but eventually fatigue got the best of her girls.
“I tell you, she does her job. She kind of plays within herself and doesn’t try to force things,” O’Hare said of Feldman. “She plays very good defense and does a lot of good things, but if we had Kassy tonight that gives us one extra person, because I thought we were extremely tired. We were very winded, so having just that extra person to sub in would have been helpful. Kassy is somebody down low that can work against their post players so we missed her, but I thought Kyra did a fine job of stepping in and taking that spot.”
The Marshalltown girls will try to record their first CIML Iowa win of the season on Friday when they travel to Johnston for a meeting with the Class 5A No. 5 Dragons, starting at 6:15 p.m.
Urbandale 57, Marshalltown 20
MARSHALLTOWN (1-9, 0-3) — Alyvia Chadderdon 3 0-0 7, Erica Johnson 2 2-2 6, Kyra Feldman 0 0-0 0, Madi Finch 1 2-2 4, Grace Metzger 1 1-2 3, Jade Tejada 0 0-0 0, Aida Almanza 0 0-0 0, Priscila Vergara 0 0-1 0 0, Gabby Himes 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 7 5-7 20.
URBANDALE (4-6, 1-2) — Sierra Herzberg 6 1-1 14, DeeDee Pryor 5 2-5 13, Maya Gyamfi 3 0-0 6, Mylea Cole 4 0-0 11, Kati Heller 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Heller 0 0-0 0, Faith Putz 0 0-0 0, Macy Gaskill 1 0-0 2, MyKenna Cole 0 0-0 0, Abby Burk 0 0-0 0, Kiersten Baker 0 0-0 0, Madilyn Lynch 2 0-1 4, April Czarnecki 3 1-2 7. TOTALS 24 4-9 57.
MHS 9 0 5 6 — 20
URBANDALE 18 14 15 10 — 57
3-Point Goals–MHS 1 (Chadderdon), Urbandale 5 (Cole 3, Herzberg, Pryor). Total Fouls–MHS 12, Urbandale 13. Fouled Out–none.