The Meskwaki Lady Warriors and the GMG Lady Wolverines met for the second time on Tuesday Jan. 28 with both games being decided by a narrow margin of 3 points. Meskwaki took the first game on Jan. 4 winning 45-42. However, the Lady Wolverines turned the tables with a nail-biting, 48-45 victory on Tuesday.
Starting for Meskwaki was Grace Tahahwah, Ryan Roberts, Kadyn Clark, Deah Moore and Jaden Davenport. Starting for GMG was Mikaella Koster, Caitlin Appelgate, Olivia Barritt, Codi Groth and Peyton Mannan.
The first quarter started rather slow offensively for both teams. Mannan put two points on the board for GMG within the first 20 seconds of the game. Roberts scored Meskwaki's first two points with 6:04 on the clock. The Warrior's early game plan was to feed the ball to their post player Moore, but she was double teamed throughout most of the game. Both teams struggled with turnovers, especially in the first half. Moore ended the first quarter with a bucket bringing the score to 8-9 with the Warriors down by one point.
Meskwaki Warrior, Deah Moore, fights for a rebound againt GMG Wolverines.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
With 6:45 on the clock Roberts tied the score with a free throw. ShyAnn Wolf nailed a three pointer. Wolf continued to narrow the gap with a basket and a free throw that brought the Warrior's score to 18. GMG outscored Meswkaki by just one point and both teams went into half time with the score being 18-20.
Two turnovers started the second half. A field goal by Moore tied the score 20-20 a minute into the third quarter. The Warrior offense monopolized the court with Tahahwah, Roberts, Moore, Wolf, and Davenport all working together to put 20 points on the board. The Lady Warriors defense held the Wolverines to scoring just 8 points in the third quarter. This gave the Warriors their highest lead of the game going into the fourth quarter with a score of 38-28.
The Wolverines were not going to lie down and give up, however, and the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter. The Lady Wolverines fought back and within three and a half minutes brought the score to 40-38, leaving them down by two. Barritt dominated the court and scored 16 of the Wolverines 20 points in the fourth quarter while the Lady Wolverine defense held the Warriors to just seven points. The Warriors held on the their lead until 3.4 seconds were left on the clock. Barrit rebounded the ball and scored two points regaining the lead by one point. Barritt intercepted the Warrior's inbound pass and quickly drew a foul which sent her to the line for 2 shots. She made both free throws with 1.1 seconds left bringing the score to 45-48. Fan emotions were high on both sides of the court. This may just be a brewing rivalry within the Iowa Star East conference.
Converting free throws often has an impact on whether a team wins or loses. Meskwaki committed 19 fouls and shot nine of 18 free throws while GMG committed 10 fouls and shot nearly 70% with 16 of 23 free throws made.
The Warrior's leading scorer was Roberts with 14 points followed by Moore with 11, Wolf with 10, Davenport with 7, Tahahwah with 2 and Clark with 1.