Coach Marsha Keahna stated after the Trojan loss to South Hardin that she was not worried about their losses and it appears she shouldn't be. The Trojans are back on track for the NICL conference title after a hard fought victory against the BCLUW Comets on Friday Feb. 7.
Starting for the Trojans were Regina Balderas, Paige Van Dyk, Trisha Walz, Madie Bacon and Tieranny Keahna. Starting for the Comets were Kendall Scurr, Mallory Vawter, Nicolette Simpson, Olivia Callaway and Kodi Marks.
This Trojan team looked like the team we have been watching all season as the girls were playing a scrappy zone defense and forcing turnovers on the defensive end. Keahna, Van Dyk, Bacon, Balderas and Dani Stubbs all put points on the board in the first quarter leading the Comets 12-8. BCLUW was able to keep the score close with Calloway shooting 11 of the teams 17 points in the second quarter. The half-time the score was 31-25, Trojans.
Tieranny Keahna elevates over two BCLUW players for a bucket.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
After Keahna opened the half with a field goal BCLUW went on to score 8 unanswered points which would tie the game at 33 with 5:09 left in the third quarter. STC quickly responded as Bacon drew a foul at the rim and converted both free throws. A put-back by Keahna and a three pointer behind the arc by Balderas lifted the Trojans lead to 42-35 going into the fourth.
BCLUW was not going to go down without a fight as they brought the score to within one point midway through the fourth quarter. The Comets tied the score for the second time in the game at 47 and then took the lead with one point as Samantha Ubben scored with 1:52 left on the clock.
The Trojans fired back with a free throw from Keahna and a critical three point basket from Bacon, who was playing with four fouls. In the last minute of the game the only thing the Comets could do was resort to fouling. Bacon and Walz both helped extend the Trojan lead with free throws. The Trojans closed out their first of two games against the Comets, winning 59-56. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday February 11 at South Tama.