STC?8th girls sweep Union
Athena Schrock on offense in the South Hardin 8th grade matchup.
Chronicle photo/Sydney Upah
We had the jitters. But once the Eighth Grade girls team warmed up, they won back-to-back games. Both teams were victorious against Union, A Team 29-14 and B Team 9-6 on November 26, 2013.
It was a slow start for the Lady Trojans. The girls kept the ball moving and played defense. At the half, the Trojans gained momentum and started to pull away. Saylor Upah led the A Team with 12 points, 5 steals, and 1 assist. Sadie Smith had 7 points and 1 steal, Athena Schrock put in 6 for the win, and Kelsie York-Morris and Abbie Parizek added 2 each. Schrock grabbed 2 boards for the night and Smith had 1. York-Morris stole the ball 4 times, Schrock took 3, while Bri Nelson, Parizek, Grace Jimenez, and Autumn McFate each had 1. McFate blocked 1 shot in the win. Izzy Morgan and Steph Slaven helped out on defense.
The B Team leading scorer for the night was Briana Jensen. She had 4 points and 1 rebound. Schrock and Chloe Hess each scored 2 points. Hess had 1 steal. Makayla Vest went 1 for 2 at the free throw line, 1 steal and 1 rebound. Their teammates Jordan Van Dee, Steph Slaven, Jenny Aguilera, Izzy Morgan, Makayla Gates, and Andrea Nott aided in the win.
Well done, Ladies!
8th grade girls basketball lose heartbreaker to South Hardin
By Sydney Upah
The 8th grade girls basketball team faced the South Hardin Tigers on Thursday, December 5 in Hubbard. The South Tama girls hoped to play off the success of their first game with their second win of the season, but lost to the Tigers in overtime, 24-30.
Starting for the 8th grade girls were Sadie Smith, Bri Nelson, Saylor Upah, Athena Schrock, and Kelsie York-Morris. South Tama gained possession with the jump ball to start the game and teams were evenly matched in scoring throughout the first two quarters. Teams went into halftime with a score of 12-8, South Tama.
"South Hardin was a tall team and very physical," said 8th grade girls coach Heather Wanatee. Because there was so much contact on the court, both teams stepped up to the free-throw line often throughout the game and several players got into foul trouble early on.
The girls made a run in the second half but South Hardin gained momentum and scored 8 unanswered points before South Tama regained control with points of their own. Schrock did a great job of sealing their post player off keeping her from scoring the rest of the game, according to Wanatee.
The game continued to be very physical going into the 4th quarter, resulting in three of South Tama's starters fouling out of the game. Smith, Upah, and York-Morris were benched after receiving five fouls against South Hardin.
Despite fouling out, Smith had 10 points, 3 steals, 4 rebounds, and 1 block; Upah picked up 7 points, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds; and York-Morris had 2 steals and 1 block. McFate followed with 4 points, 2 steals, and 1 block. Schrock had 2 points and 3 rebounds. Abbie Parizek also had 2 points as well as 2 steals and 3 rebounds. Grace Jimenez had 3 steals, 1 block, and 1 rebound. Nelson finished it off with 1 point and 3 steals.
The girls plan to brush off the loss with their next game Tuesday, December 10 at Grinnell.