South Tama County High School JV girls opened up the night against Columbus High School Saturday, Jan. 4. The Trojans welcomed four freshmen to the team and fought till the end but lost 32-21.
Senior Molly Morgan, juniors Kiley Culbertson and Naomi Hoskey, and sophomores Tyieshia Arp and Alyssia Keahna were the first five players to take the court.
The game started on the rough side with Columbus gaining possession of the jump ball and scoring the first point of the game off a free throw. At the end of the first, the Columbus Sailors led 14-2.
South Tama freshman Kaitlin Berger guards the baseline inbound pass in a game against Waterloo Columbus JV on Saturday night, Jan. 4 at the STC?gym. Berger led her team with eight rebounds.
In the second quarter, the Trojans scored eight points to match Columbus's eight, leaving the halftime score 22-10. Both teams scored six points in the third bringing the score to 28-16, Columbus.
While the Trojan continued working hard to keep scoring; Columbus ended the game 32-21.
"I wanted the girls to play as a team. I brought four freshmen up who have never played with the girls but they did well. They're getting used to each other," said Coach Larry Rohach.
Freshmen Kaitlin Berger, Serena Lowe, Abby LLewellyn, and Minnie Climer joined the JV team against Columbus and Rohach hopes to have them for the rest of the season.
"I felt I really achieved. I know I'm going to have to step up to get respect from the team," said Berger.
The freshmen did exactly that. Of the six scoring Trojans, four were the recently added freshmen. While Hoskey led with 5 points, trailed by Lowe and Climer with 4 each, followed by Arp and Berger with 3 a piece, and Lewellyn added 2.
Berger led in rebounds with 8, followed by Morgan and Arp with 4 each, LLewellyn and Hoskey with 3 each, and sophomore Miranda Lacina and junior Shania Kapayou with 2 each.
Arp had the most assist; 4, Berger had 2, and Hoskey had 1.
Keahna and Hoskey had 3 steals a piece and Berger and Arp had 2 each.
"They're good players and we're happy to have them, there's just some things to get used to," said Keahna.