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Meskwaki Warriors avenge loss to GMG Wolverines

February 5, 2014
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Meskwaki Warriors overcame several obstacles to vindicate their only loss of the season to the GMG Wolverines on Tuesday Jan. 28 at home. Coach Dina Keahna wants her players to work through it and grow from making mistakes. "Making mistakes is all part of basketball, said Keahna."

Starting for the Warriors were Royce Timberwolf, Terrell Grant, Allis Tahahwah, Darrion Murray, and Wade Brown. Starting for the Wolverines was Chad Phaehn, Luke Petty, Austin Vaughn, Brock Fisher and Bridger Claassen.

"We kind of came out flat like our last game with GMG. It took us awhile to get going, stated Keahna." Brown started it off for the Warriors by making the first field goal of the game. The Wolverines picked up the pace in the second quarter outscoring the Warriors 21-7. GMG and Meskwaki went into half time with the Wolverines leading by 10.

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Allis Tahawah sails over GMG’s Bridger Claassen for a layup in the Warrior’s matchup against the GMG Wolverines on Tuesday Jan. 28.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

The Warriors came out from half time with a vengeance and cut the Wolverine lead to two points within less than a minute and a half. The Warrior defense went into high gear and held the Wolverines to just eight points in the third quarter. Keahna said the first half was totally different than the second half. "The second half is how we play most of the game so thats why it was a big, big difference," said Keahna.

Quarter four began with a score of 44-42. Both teams battled to keep the score close as the lead never extended beyond three points until the final minute of the game. Tahahwah stretched their lead to 62-57 after a bucket and a free throw. The game ended with Tahahwah scoring two points off of free throws. The Warriors won by 8, final score being 67-59. Keahna credits better timing on passes, moving the ball and moving towards the ball for their win.

Even when plagued with foul trouble this Meskwaki team proves that you can persevere and come out with a win. Keahna and Brown both fouled out in the fourth quarter and Allis Tahawah sat much of the third quarter with 4 fouls. When Allis Tahawah returned to the game he had a light touch under the basket and showed off his athleticism by gaining his highest score of the season with 24 points. Murray used his strenght and agility to gain his season high score of 17 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds with 10 of those on the defensive end.

On the GMG end Bridger Claassen had a season high of 22 which accounted for 37% of GMG's total offense. Claassen spent his fair share of time at the free throw line especially in the fourth quarter and ponied up 7 of GMG's 16 points in the fourth.

The Warriors fell to the Wolverines in their first meeting on Jan. 4, 50-58, which has been their only loss of the season. Coach Keahna stated that, "It feels good to get this one back."

Leading scorer for Meskwaki was Allis Tahahwah with 24 points followed by, Murray with 17, Timberwolf with 11, Brown with 10 and Eammon Tahahwah with 5.



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