Fans filled the stands Tuesday night as the South Tama County High School Lady Trojans took on the Grinnell Tigers in the first home game of the season. The varsity basketball girls opened their season on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the high school gym.
After a hard-fought game, the Lady Trojans fell short of the win against the Grinnell Tigers with a final score of 57-40.
"With some new rules including the lack of bodily contact that can be used during the game this year, we really had to be quicker with our feet to play better defense," said Marsha Keahna. Keahna, in her second year as head coach of the Lady Trojans, has been working with the girls in practice on their defensive press, boxing out, and passing.
South Tama Trojan sophomore Dani Stubbs is on the bottom of this fight for the ball against the Grinbell Tiger girls last week on the Trojans home court in Tama.
South Tama's starting line-up Tuesday night consisted of seniors Regina Balderas, Trisha Walz, Hailee Weiss, and Paige Van Dyk and sophomore Tieranny Keahna.
"I'm pleased with the senior leadership that the girls showed on and off the court," said Coach Keahna. "They are stepping up no matter what team they're on. They're being leaders."
Though South Tama took first possession of the jump ball, Grinnell scored the first basket of the game. Weiss quickly responded with a basket of her own and scored South Tama's first points of the game. A last-second shot by Grinnell brought the Tigers to a lead of 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, Grinnell had pushed their lead to 33-17. Tieranny Keahna scored a last second buzzer shot at the end of the third quarter, bringing the score to 46-33.
The Lady Trojans didn't make it easy for the Tigers, pulling in 33 team rebounds and 8 team steals as they fought hard the entire game. The top rebounders for the team were Tieranny Keahna and sophomore Dani Stubbs, racking up 7 out of 33 rebounds for the team. The girls also had 12 assists during the game.
Tieranny Keahna proved to be the team's top scorer with 12 points. Walz, Weiss, and sophomore Madie Bacon followed with eight points each. Stubbs also added four points.
The Lady Trojans have high expectations for the rest of the season and plan to bounce back from the hard loss. One of the team's goals is to finish in the top two of the NICL conference, according to Coach Keahna.
"The girls never quit fighting and hustling for the ball until the very end," said Coach Keahna while reflecting on the game. The Lady Trojans are also coached by assistant Larry Rohach.