The Trojans exploded for 19 unanswered points, including ten by Madison Baier, to bury the Nevada Cubs early in Region 3 opening round of play Feb. 15, 57-28.
Baier was the story of the first half, getting 20 of her 22 points for the game in the first two quarters alone. Nevada was trying to guard her with one player, something Baier rarely sees and she made the most of it.
STC's offensive focused shifted as Nevada adjusted defensively, double-teaming Baier and getting more physical in the second half.
South Tama started out hard and fast against Nevada Feb. 15 and advanced to the Feb. 18 game against Ballard. Great offense sprang from great defense. Here, Jade Rohach, who double-doubled for the game, gets a steal early in the second quarter against the Cubs.
Also scoring in double figures were Kendra Bradley (11) and Jade Rohach (10). Nevada was led by Megan Pringnitz with nine.
The 17-0 first quarter set the tone for much of the game. The Cubs, who are not afraid to toss up a three, were stone cold, not scoring until Pringnitz hit a three with 7:34 to go in the second period.
"It all predicated on our defense," said head coach Nate Roberts. "We've talked in practice the last couple days about being tough and nasty on defense and to start the game we were. We were closing out on the shooters. They weren't getting open looks and that's what you have to do in the post-season. You have to rely on your defense."
Where Baier left off, Bradley and Rohach picked up in the second half. Bradley came alive with ten of her eleven points and Rohach scored eight of her ten in the third and fourth quarters.
Baier was equally impressive on defense, finishing with eight rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Rohach finished up with a double-double, putting ten rebounds together with her ten points.
The Trojans did have stretches where the play was not quite up to par. The third quarter was actually won by the Cubs, 12-9, before South Tama stepped back on the gas and put Nevada away with a 16-8 fourth quarter.
Roberts knows the third quarter let down is something the girls must guard against down the road.
"We didn't come out of that locker room real well, offensively, defensively. Just kind of flat. And you hope you can ride that wave a little bit into your next game. Middle part of the fourth from the six minute mark until about the two minute mark there was good effort, good finishes and some good offense.
"We have to play four quarters. You can't play two. You can't play three. It's got to be a four-quarter game on Saturday (vs Ballard) or the season's going to end early."
The girls punctuated the game with several nice plays, including a steal by Baier and an outlet pass to Kaleigh Sieck to put South Tama up 6-0 early in the game. And when Baier was not scoring, she figured in the offense anyway, dishing off to Bradley underneath for a nice bucket with 4:44 to go in the fourth.
Rohach's basket with 59 seconds left made the final score 57-28.
South Tama had seven fouls and was seven for eight from the line. Nevada had eight fouls, shooting two for eight at the free-throw line.
TheTrojans played round two against Ballard Feb. 18, who defeated the Trojans in the first round of state last year. Ballard advanced to the game at South Tama after beating Saydel by a similar score, 54-28.
Scoring - Baier 22, Bradley 11, Rohach 10, Sieck 6, Smith 3, Wanatee 3, Hoskey 2
Rebounds - Rohach 10, Baier 8, Sieck 8, Smith 4, Bradley 3, Hoskey 3, Dvorak 2, Wanatee 1, Van Dyk 1
Assists - Sieck 7, Bradley 5, Smith 2, Baier 2, Wanatee 2, Hoskey 2
Steals - Bradley 4, Baier 4, Sieck 2, Smith 2, Hoskey 1, Rohach 1
Blocks - Baier 4