Offense goes missing in Bobcats’ loss

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Marshalltown’s Jorja Janssen, right, is pressured by Des Moines Roosevelt defender Breahna Millikan (1) during the first half of Tuesday’s basketball game at the Roundhouse.

It took Marshalltown girls’ basketball seven minutes to find the basket Tuesday night. Turnovers, difficulties dealing with the Des Moines Roosevelt press and the loss of freshman Sydney Kapayou to an ankle injury left the Bobcats searching for answers.

Those answers evaded them in a lopsided 60-10 defeat to the Roughriders at home. Marshalltown is now 3-14 on the season.

Head coach Brian Murphy was blunt in his assessment of the Bobcats’ performance.

“I think it’s unfortunately kind of the same old story, where we’re reacting with physicality on one end and not the other,” Murphy said. “It’s kind of a mixed bag. There are times where we’re making the right decision but make the wrong pass, and that we can live with. But then there’s too often where we’re making the wrong decision, which often leads to transition points for them.

“That’s gotta be our next step, recognizing the passes that haven’t been there all year and making sure we eliminate those.”

In the first quarter, Marshalltown continued a trend of strong defense in the half-court and struggling to keep the ball on offense.

Roosevelt had a difficult time putting the hall in the basket, leading 10-2 after one quarter. Marshalltown’s one basket came from Jorja Janssen in the post.

Early in the second quarter, a Sara Huffman and-one put the Bobcats down just 11-5 and in the thick of the action. The opportunity was there with how well the defense was defending Iowa State commit Arianna Jackson. She scored just 14 points and spent much of the game setting up teammates.

They didn’t score again until the final minute of the first half, when Amaya Moore hit a free throw. Trailing 25-6 at the half, Marshalltown needed a strong start to the third to keep the Roughriders in sight. Instead, Roosevelt completely shut out the Bobcats — out scoring them 22-0 over the eighth minutes. Part of the outburst was 3-point shooting, but the Roughriders also found success in fast break buckets off of turnovers.

Marshalltown didn’t score in the second half until the final minutes, when Anistyn Borsch hit a 3-pointer and Millie Heitmann hit a free throw. Huffman and Borsch scored three points each.

Up next for MHS is a road game against Mason City Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Des Moines Roosevelt 60, Marshalltown 10

DM ROOSEVELT (10-7) — Arianna Jackson 5 2-2 14, Arriana Johnson 5 4-8 14, Peyton Twelmeyer 1 1-2 4, Olivia Bailey 5 0-0 11, Jaleah Lee 0 0-0 0, Meredith Gentry 1 0-0 2, Breahna Millikan 1 0-0 3, Mariah Van Ersvelde 3 0-0 7, Kenna Ledinsky 1 0-0 2, Ella Henter-Mapes 0 0-0 0, Grace Hagge 1 0-0 3, Avery Vukovich 0 0-0 0, Savannah Lee 0 0-0 0, Jazmyn Guerrero 0 0-0 0, Jayda White 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23 7-12 58.

MARSHALLTOWN (3-13) — Kinsley Bowie 0 0-0 0, Sara Huffman 1 1-2 3, Anistyn Borsch 1 0-0 3, Amaya Moore 0 1-2 1, Ellie Hughes 0 0-0 0, Aubrie Tejada 0 0-0 0, Millie Heitmann 0 1-2 1, Jorja Janssen 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 3 3-6 10.

DM ROOSEVELT 10 15 22 13 — 60

MHS 2 4 0 4 — 10

3-Point Goals–DM Roosevelt 7 (Jackson 2, Millikan, Van Ersvelde, Hagge, Twelmeyer, Bailey), MHS 1 (Borsch). Total Fouls–DM Roosevelt 10, MHS 10. Fouled Out–none.


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