The South Tama County 8th grade girls basketball team received their second win of the season on Tuesday, December 17 against the East Marshall Mustangs. The final score of the hard-fought game was 36-19, South Tama.
Autumn McFate, Bri Nelson, Abbie Parizek, Sadie Smith, and Saylor Upah started out the game on a good note. Upah took possession of the jump ball and scored the first two points of the game just seconds after the start. At the first quarter, the score was 3-3.
However, during the second quarter, the South Tama Trojans left no doubt about who was the better team, leading 14-9 at halftime. The Mustangs never saw the lead again as South Tama ended the third with a score of 22-15 and then the fourth with a final score of 36-19.
Upah led in scoring with 11 points, followed by Smith with 10. Athena Schrock, McFate, and Parizek each had 4. Kelsie York-Morris had 2 and Grace Jimenez added 1.
Upah also led with rebounds with 8. Smith, McFate, and Makayla Gates each had 3 rebounds. Schrock and Parizek both added 2. Nelson, York-Morris, and Jimenez each had 1.
The team also had an abundance of steals Tuesday night. McFate led in steals with 5, followed by Upah with 4, Smith, Nelson, and Parizek with 2, and Jimenez, Gates, and Makayla Vest with 1 each.
"I thought Autumn McFate stepped up big on Tuesday night," said 8th grade girls coach Heather Wanatee. "Each time East Marshall brought the ball down on the left, she would read the pass and make a steal. Then she would fast break it down the court for an easy lay-up."
The team as a whole also did very well Tuesday night, according to Coach Wanatee.
"Saylor Upah and Sadie Smith did a great job of scoring and leading the team. Sadie likes to attack down the lane. Bri Nelson played defense against their point guard and helped to stop the drive with a tie up or steal," said Coach Wanatee.