Maroons spoil Senior Night for MHS girls

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Kassy Vest, behind, shoots over Dowling Catholic’s Jacey Koethe during the first quarter of the Bobcats’ loss to the Maroons in their final regular season game on Thursday night.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Kassy Vest, behind, shoots over Dowling Catholic’s Jacey Koethe during the first quarter of the Bobcats’ loss to the Maroons in their final regular season game on Thursday night.

A long regular season came to a close for the Marshalltown girls basketball team on Thursday night as the Bobcats fell to Class 5A No. 3 Dowling Catholic in a CIML Iowa Conference matchup, 53-14.

MHS head coach Stacy O’Hare said it was clear on the night why the Maroons are so highly ranked, as they could have won by any score they wanted against her girls.

“They are a great team and I appreciate the fact that they could have pressed us the entire game and things could have gotten a lot worse than they were,” O’Hare said. “They are good for a reason, they have a very deep bench. Once their first string of kids goes out the second string is just as good.”

Things started alright for the Bobcats (1-19, 0-10) as they only trailed by seven after the first quarter, 10-3. In the second, however, the turnover bug started to bite again, as Dowling (18-2, 9-1) forced 15 MHS turnovers in the first half, particularly in the second quarter when they went on a 19-3 run.

It was always going to be a tough test against the Maroons, O’Hare said, so she wanted her girls to give it a good effort in their final home game of the year.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

“I just wanted our kids to go out and play hard, hopefully improve the second time around, and that’s all really we could ask,” O’Hare said.

The Bobcats even had a little fun in the game, running some unique plays like having 5-foot-5 guard Alyvia Chadderdon compete in the tip-off against the tall Maroon center.

“We kind of actually worked on that a bit, she wasn’t actually going to go up for the tip she was going to run and see if she could steal their tip, because we kind of knew we weren’t going to get the tip so we wanted to have a little fun and try something different,” O’Hare said.

Erica Johnson, Madi Finch and Kassy Vest all led the Bobcats with four points, while Dowling’s Caitlin Clark finished with a game-high 14.

Marshalltown closes the regular season on a 19-game losing streak after winning its first game against Des Moines North, and though they haven’t been on the winning since opening day O’Hare said it’s clear her girls have grown.

“They keep improving, and that’s the biggest thing. We got a win that we didn’t get last year, and that was huge,” O’Hare said. “Really if you go back and look at the schedule and how we’ve done, the Roosevelt game we could have had a win there, Des Moines Lincoln we could have had a win there, so we competed better this year than we did last year as far as the teams we were playing.”

There’s still at least one game left on the schedule for MHS, as the girls face off with Des Moines East in the first round of the regional playoffs, starting next week. The Bobcats and Scarlets face off next Wednesday in Des Moines, starting at 7 p.m.

Dowling Catholic 53, Marshalltown 14

At Marshalltown

DOWLING CATHOLIC (18-2, 0-10) — Caitlin Clark 5 3-5 14, Mia Cataldo 1 0-0 2, Anna Wanek 3 0-0 8, Jacey Koethe 1 2-2 4, Josie Filer 6 0-0 12, Ella McVey 1 1-2 3, Brianna Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Meg Simplot 1 0-0 2, Maddie Allen 1 0-0 2, Grace Gaber 0 0-0 0, Allie Hittner 1 2-2 4, Nyajuok Toang 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 21 8-11 53.

MARSHALLTOWN (1-19, 0-10) — Alyvia Chadderdon 1 0-0 2, Erica Johnson 1 2-4 4, Maid Finch 2 0-0 4, Kassy Vest 1 2-2 4, Grace Metzger 0 0-0 0, Kyra Feldman 0 0-0 0, Gabby Himes 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 5 4-6 14.

DOWLING 10 21 16 6 — 53

MHS 3 3 4 4 — 14

3-Point Goals–Dowling 3 (Wanek 2, Clark). Total Fouls–Dowling 11, MHS 9. Fouled Out–none.