The South Tama County High School varsity basketball girls earned another win last week when they played the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels here on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Lady Trojans showed that they were in total control of the game the entire night, keeping the Rebels just out of reach of the win and never letting them get ahead. With ease, the South Tama girls won 52-42.
According to head coach Marsha Keahna, mixing up the game by beginning with a different starter than usual helped win the game Tuesday night. By entering junior Samantha Betz into into the game as a post player instead of their traditional post, the girls were more familiar with each other which resulted in a better flow in the game.
"We got into the rhythm of working together as a team more tonight," said senior Paige Van Dyk.
Coach Keahna was pleased with both Betz's and Van Dyk's performances on the court Tuesday night.
"Paige was more confident with her shots and was 50% from the three-point line, and Betz really stepped it up and got after the ball," said Coach Keahna. She also noted that the team was smarter with the ball and had cut down their turnovers by over half since the last game.
Along with Betz and Van Dyk, seniors Regina Balderas, Trisha Walz, and Hailee Weiss also started the game. Sophomores Madie Bacon, Kallie Hala, Tieranny Keahna, and Dani Stubbs were also major contributors to the win against the Rebels.
Keahna was the team's top scorer with 13 of South Tama's 52 total points. She also had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 1 steal. Van Dyk followed with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Bacon was next with 7 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 1 rebound. Stubbs led in rebounds with 9, and also contributed 4 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Walz followed Stubbs with 7 rebounds, along with 6 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. Betz added 4 points, 1 steal, and 2 assists for the Trojans. Hala had 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, and 1 assist. Balderas also had 3 points as well as 2 steals and 2 assists. Weiss finished it off with 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 block, and 1 assist.