The inconsistency is apparent, but so is the improvement.
Closing the contest with a 10-0 run, the Marshalltown Community College women's basketball team (2-2) put together its most complete effort of the season in a 62-52 victory over North Central Missouri College at the Student Activity Center Wednesday.
"We're still playing in spurts. We get comfortable and make silly mistakes, but overall that's probably the best we've played," said Tigers coach Alison Lacey.
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
MCC guard Ashley Salgado (1) takes a floating jumper in the lane in front of North Central Missouri College defender Amanda Rodeberg (53) during the second half of their women’s basketball game Wednesday at the Student Activity Center in Marshalltown. Salgado had a game-high 21 points in the Tigers’ 62-52 victory.
Pouring in 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, Ashley Salgado led the Tiger resurgence and continues to grow into her role as floor general.
"(Ashley) was huge tonight. She controlled the game, she scored and she was aggressive when she needed to be," said Lacey. "Tonight, I thought she played how a point guard should play for the first time."
Clinging to a 52-50 edge with 3 minutes to play, Salgado keyed the Tigers' final surge by scoring a basket in transition and knocking a down a pair of free throws as MCC put things away.
Marshalltown CC 62,
North Central Missouri 52
NCMC (2-3) - Rodenberg 5-13 0-1 10, Williams 4-8 1-4 9, Hope 2-8 0-2 5, Griffin 1-6 2-2 4, Redditt 5-14 2-4 12, Hewitt 0-2 0-0 0, Bennett 3-8 0-0 8, Goodwin 2-5 0-0 4, Burkeybile 0-0 0-0 0, Hastings 0-0 0-0 0, Santee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 5-13 52.
MCC (2-2) - Gott 3-5 1-1 7, McMullen 4-5 1-1 9, Salgado 8-13 5-5 21, Tobler 1-11 4-4 7, Lee 7-17 4-7 18, Slade 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 15-18 62.
Halftime - MCC 30-27. 3-Point Goals - NCMC 3-18 (Bennett 2-4, Hope 1-2, Williams 0-1, Griffin 0-5, Redditt 0-5, Hewitt 0-1), MCC 1-5 (Tobler 1-1, Lee 0-4). Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - NCMC 31 (4 tied with 4), MCC 42 (Lee 13). Assists - NCMC 11 (Griffin 5), MCC 9 (Tobler 4). Total Fouls - NCMC 14, MCC 11.
After a sloppy start for both teams, the Tigers used an 8-0 flurry to grab a 17-11 lead midway through the first half. The Lady Pirates (2-3) came clawing back with consecutive buckets from Samone Redditt to pull within 21-20. A 3-pointer from Whitney Bennett, who scored eight points off the bench for NCMC, knotted the game at 27 with less than a minute in the opening frame.
Shantal Tobler reclaimed the lead for the Tigers, one they would never relinquish, with a trey of her own as MCC took a 30-27 advantage into intermission.
Salgado stretched the lead to 51-42 with six minutes to play before the Lady Pirates rallied with an 8-1 blitz punctuated by a three-point play from Amanda Rodenberg. Rodenberg's free throw rimmed out and the Tigers took control.
Powering the Tigers with 11 points in the first half, Shana Lee compiled a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while also swiping four steals. Latrice McMullen added nine points and eight boards, while Mackenzie Gott patrolled the paint with seven points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Salgado tallied six boards and three steals, while Tobler chipped in seven points and four assists.
Winning the battle of the boards 42-31, MCC had chances to create more separation early but allowed the Lady Pirates to hang around with 24 turnovers. Redditt paced the Lady Pirates with 12 points, while Rodenberg added 10 and Mysti Williams had nine.
Missing Mady Van Metre, who was out with an injury, the Tigers' already short roster was limited to just six players. Still, Lacey wasn't going to allow her squad to use it as a crutch.
"I always tell my players 'Are we going to make an excuse or are we going to fight through adversity? Are we going to get tired or are we going to play through it?'" said Lacey.
"I think we're slowly getting better. They understand we don't have subs and they're buying into it more and more."
The Tigers took advantage at the charity stripe knocking down 15 of 18 attempts, while connecting a 42.6 percent (23-of-54) clip from the field.
"We still have so much room to grow, but overall that was the most solid 40 minutes we've put together so far," said Lacey.
The Tigers host South Australian Sports Institute Saturday with tip-off at 2:30 p.m.