South Tama girls varsity basketball is on a roll after winning their sixth game in a row, the latest being the defeat of the AGWSR Cougars on Thursday, Jan. 16. The Lady Trojans overcame the Cougars 60-44.
The starting line-up for the game were seniors Trisha Walz, Paige Van Dyk, and Regina Balderas and sophomores Madie Bacon and Dani Stubbs.
South Tama took the lead early in the first half and the Trojan defense kept the Cougars nearly scoreless in the second quarter.
Dani Stubbs in for a lay up.
News-Herald photo/Sydney Upah
"The girls had really good defense, especially in the first half," said varsity girls head coach Marsha Keahna. "You could hear them communicating with each other on the court and see them moving their feet and hustling."
Twenty-two of South Tama's points came from free throw shots that were the result of the abundance of fouls during the game.
"This was a particularly interesting game because there were so many technical fouls," said Coach Keahna. Because of various reasons, 5 technical fouls were called between both teams throughout the game. "I think this was the referees' way of keeping control of the game," said Keahna.
Bacon led the team with 18 points, 8 of which came from free throw shots. Balderas followed with 12, followed by sophomore Tierrany Keahna with 10, Van Dyk with 9, Walz with 4, junior Naomi Hoskey with 3, and senior Hailee Weiss and Stubbs with 2 points each.
Along with their performances on the court, Coach Keahna has also been very impressed with the leadership demonstrated by the seniors on the team. According to Keahna, the four seniors on the varsity team have stepped up in practice and in games to create a positive environment for every player.
"When the girls are comfortable with each other, they play better together, which creates a team chemistry that wins games," said Coach Keahna. The girls varsity team is now 6-0 in the conference and 7-2 overall, which is right on track to achieving their goal that they'd set at the beginning of the season of finishing in the top two of the NICL conference.