If the South Tama girls basketball team was still feeling the effects of the first loss three nights before, it did not show. The Trojans righted the ship and posted a big 61-33 win against East Marshall Friday, Jan. 13.
Roberts was confident they would put the loss behind them.
"I knew we'd bounce back. The game Tuesday was a tough game, a tough game emotionally. They're resilient. It wasn't their first lost ever, so I knew they would bounce back."
South Tama's Madison Baier splits the defense for a short jumper against East Marshall January 13. Baier led all scorers with 18 points as the Trojans got back on the winning track against the Mustangs, 61-33.
Sixth-ranked South Tama started out with a bang when Kendra Bradley drained a three 29 seconds into the game. That was followed by another three by Dia Keahna at the 6:41 mark. A field goal by Madison Baier and another by Keahna and after a minute and fifty seconds, the Trojans were ahead, 10-0.
Chelsea Whitmore would get the Mustangs on the board with 5:47 to go. Jade Rohach and Baier then extended the lead to 15-2 before East Marshall made what turned out to be their only run at the Trojans.
Abby Nuese, Alyssa Whitmore and Callie Roseland chipped away at the Trojan lead. From 3:09 to 1:02 the Mustangs put up ten unanswered points of their own to make it a new game, 15-12.
Nuese is East Marshall's leading scorer, averaging about 16 points per game. The Trojans did a nice job of holding her to eleven.
"We wanted the girls to recognize where she (Nuese) was at. And then in the fourth quarter I though Kaleigh (Sieck) really stepped it up and played tough, man-to-man defense on her," explained Roberts.
It was time for the Trojans to allay any fears of a letdown in the second quarter. Roberts made some adjustments.
"We were getting steals and turning it right back over to them. We just settled them down a little bit. They came out in the second quarter and played better offensively, but I wanted them to play better defense. They were spreading us out a little too much. Once we started packing it in a little bit more, I thought we looked better defensively."
On this night, second quarters were very, very good to both flavors of the Trojans. The girls would basically put the Mustangs away with a 17-4 quarter. The boys would later have an even bigger second period.
Rohach sparked the big quarter with six points. Kourtne Smith dropped in a three, and Megan Wanatee, Baier, Keahna and Bradley also chipped in. The Trojans went in at the half up, 32-16.
After the half, Baier made her presence known to the Mustangs. South Tama's big girl underneath got 10 of her 18 points for the game in the third quarter alone. Along with Sieck, Bradley and Keahna, the Trojans posted another 17-point quarter and gave up just seven. After three it was 49-23, South Tama.
Baier's double-double performance did not go unnoticed by Roberts.
"Madison showed a lot more effort and tenacity down low. I was pleased with her."
The fourth quarter turned into a free-throw exhibition by both teams. Of the twelve scoring plays by both teams, eight of them involved the charity stripe. In the final stanza, the girls combined for a nice, 11 for 14 from the line.
Getting into the scoring mix for the Trojans were Wanatee with a three at 6:15, Taylor Van Dyk, Baier, and Sieck. A 12-10 fourth quarter in favor of South Tama would make the final score 61-33, Trojans.
"We executed well. We hit the open girl, we made some shots tonight. I was happy with the performance," concluded Roberts.
South Tama was charged with eleven team fouls. The Trojans were 12 for 14 from the line. East Marshall had eight team fouls and went four for nine from the charity stripe.
East Marshall falls to 8-7 (4-5) for the season, while South Tama improves to 12-1 (8-1). The Trojans travelled to State Center January 17 to play West Marshall. They host South Hardin tomorrow night and then play Union Saturday, Jan. 21 at Cedar Rapids Washington.
Scoring - Baier 18, Keahna 9, Rohach 8, Sieck 8, Wanatee 7, Bradley 7, Van Dyk 4
Rebounds - Baier 10, Bradley 4, Smith 4, Dvorak 4, Wanatee 2, Sieck 2, Rohach 2
Assists - Keahna 5, Smith 4, Bradley 3, Baier 3, Dvorak 2, Sieck 1, Wanatee 1, Rohach 1
Steals - Bradley 4, Sieck 4, Keahna 4, Baier 3, Hoskey 1, Behounek 1, Smith 1, Rohach 1, Dvorak 1
Blocks - Keahna 2