CIML girls' basketball: Valley, East, Mason City post wins

CIML girls' basketball: Valley, East, Mason City post wins

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CIML girls' basketball: Valley, East, Mason City post wins

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With their leading returning starter out of commission, the Valley girls turned to a sophomore to carry the load.

Grace Vander Weide responded with a game-high 19 points in a dominating 77-22 win Friday at North. Junior Madi Agey, who averaged 8.0 points per contest last season, missed the Tigers’ season opener with a foot sprain.

Valley coach Joe Sigrist was pleased with how his team responded to missing a key component from last season’s 14-9 squad.

“It’s next girl up,” Sigrist said. “Grace is a leader. I have really high expectations for her. She’s a tremendously hard worker, but we’ll never be just a one-person team.

“These girls are for each other. We had no senior out on the floor tonight. So we are young, but we’re also kind of experienced. I don’t think of them as young. I have high expectations for these girls and I think they can meet them.”

Valley dominated from the opening tip and led 29-3 after the first quarter.

“The girls have been working really hard for about three weeks now, and it’s kind of nice to get out here and see what it looks like,” Sigrist said. “I’m happy with how it looked, but there are things that we can improve upon.”

Valley’s press forced numerous Polar Bear turnovers and created easy scoring opportunities at the offensive end. Vander Weide, a sophomore, netted 16 of her 19 points in the first half.

“I thought it (the press) looked pretty good,” Sigrist added. “I’m a defensive-minded guy, so there are things we can work on.”

The Tigers scored the first 13 points of the game and led by as many as 43 in the first half, powered by an explosive transition game.

“It’s the most exciting part about basketball,” Vander Weide said of the opening half that saw the Tigers tear out to a 52-13 lead. “It’s a lot of fun”

Brooke O’Hollearn joined Vander Weide in double-figure scoring with 12 points, while North was led by Chelsie Thompson’s 13 points and Richelle Jimerson’s seven.

Valley pulled the press off in the second half as the new mercy rule was put into use and Sigrist emptied his bench. A 35-point differential after halftime initiates a running clock.

The Tigers come into 2012-13 with high expectations both internally and externally. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union tabbed Valley as the No. 10 team in the Class 5-A preseason rankings.

“We have high expectations for ourselves,” Sigrist said. “We think No. 10 is too low.”

Valley (77)–Steil 0 0-0 0, Roemmich 1 2-4 5, Fuller 1 0-0 3, Reagan 1 0-0 2, Vander Weide 5 9-11 19, Smith 0 2-2 2, Jones 3 3-5 9, O’Hollearn 4 3-4 12, Carr 3 0-0 7, Anfinson 0 0-0 0, Feldt 3 0-0 6, Merritt 3 0-0 8, Twit 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 19-26 77.

North (22)–Jimerson 0 7-10 7, Kamara 0 0-0 0, Wailes 0 0-0 0, Dixon 0 0-0 0, M. Williams 0 0-0 0, K. Williams 1 0-0 2, Kidd 0 0-0 0, Thompson 4 2-2 13. Totals 5 9-12 22.

Valley…29 23 14 11–77

North… 3 10 4 5–22

3-point goals–Valley 6 (Roemmich 1, Fuller 1, O’Hollearn 1, Carr 1, Merritt 2), North 3 (Thompson 3). Fouls–Valley 15, North 20. Fouled out–Jimerson. Technical fouls–None.

OTHER GAMES

East 46, Ankeny 35

Shareece Burrell went 5-for-5 from the foul line and scored 13 points in East’s season-opening win at Ankeny.

Brittany Hedrick led the Hawkettes with 15 points and made two 3-pointers. Ankeny committed 27 turnovers.

East (46)–Marble 2 4-6 8, Neilly 2 0-0 6, Collier 1 3-3 5, Larson 0 1-2 1, Daye 0 1-2 1, Burrell 4 5-5 13, Garrison-Nickerson 4 0-1 8, Wise 2 0-2 4. Totals 15 14-21.

Ankeny (35)–Miller 1 2-2 4, Robson 2 0-0 4, Brandt 1 2-2 5, Winters 2 1-2 5, Helmbrecht 1 0-0 2, Schaaf 0 0-0 0, Hedrick 5 3-4 15, Vipond 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-10.

East…9 14 11 12–46

Ankeny…14 13 4 4–35

3-point goals–East 2 (Neilly 2), Ankeny 3 (Hedrick 2, Brandt 1). Fouls–East 15, Ankeny 15. Fouled out–Brandt.

Mason City 74, Lincoln 17

No. 2-ranked Mason City cruised to the win at Lincoln. Myah Mellman paced the Mohawks with 16 points and Cortni Rush added 13.

Mason City (74)–Vorba 2 2-2 9, Buckley 3 2-2 9, Notermann 1 0-0 2, Gornick 1 0-0 2, Meyer 1 1-2 3, Shewett 1 1-2 3, Scott 4 0-2 10, Mellman 4 6-6 16, Rush 5 2-4 13, Pederson 2 0-0 4, Koehler 0 0-0 0, Wilson 1 0-0 3, Bales 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-20.

D.M. Lincoln (17)– Reeves 0 3-4 3, Klein 0 0-0 0, Berry 1 0-0 2, Teichroew 0 0-2 0, Hunerdosse 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Gatluac 3 2-2 8, Methfessel 2 0-0 4, Brady 0 0-2 0, Sharp 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 5-10.

Mason City…14 29 22 9–74

D.M. Lincoln…4 3 2 8–17

3-point goals–Mason City 8 (Vorba 1, Buckley 1, Scott 2, Mellman 2, Rush 1, Wilson 1), Lincoln 0. Fouls–Mason City 15, Lincoln 16. Fouled out–Gatluac.

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