With the NICL conference title on the horizon the Trojans may have felt the pressure to put this one in the bag when they took on the South Hardin Tigers on Thursday Feb. 6.
The Tigers relied on their season leading scorer and re-bounder to get the job done and boy did she. Kayla Prosser lead the Tigers with 26 points and outscored the whole Trojan team in the first half.
A combination of cold shooting (South Tama shot 37% at the field goal range) and 12 turnovers had South Tama lagging behind the second ranked NICL west conference team. The low post offense that the Trojans are used to playing did not work with the Tiger zone defense as they double teamed Tieranny Keahna and forced the Trojans to rely on their outside shooting.
Regina Balderas wrestles for a loose ball while playing South Hardin
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
Starting for the Trojans were Regina Balderas, Paige Van Dyke, Trisha Walz, Madie Bacon and Keahna. Starting for South Hardin was Claire Damon, Kayla Prosser, Sarah Boomgarden, Lydia Rose and Haley Lawrence.
The Tigers led the Trojans 23-13 going into half-time with 16 of the South Hardin points coming from Prosser. Coach Marsha Keahna told her girls at half-time, "We are letting one person win the game out there, we gotta rebound. We have to play the game we know we can play."
South Tama had a slow third quarter being outscored 11-14 by the Tigers. Finally in the fourth quarter the Trojans came to play.
The Trojans started the quarter down by 13 at 24-37. Dani Stubbs forced a turnover which resulted in a bucket for Regina Balderas at the other end of the court. Then Balderas intercepted a pass and quickly got it to Madie Bacon for a jumper, bringing the score to 31-37. Keahna followed by stepping up to the top of the key and nailing a 3 pointer.
With the gap narrowed to 34-37 the Trojans realized they still had a pulse. The Trojan defense was able to contain Prosser and the Tigers scored just two points in the fourth. However, STC would not see the score get any closer as their comeback fell short in the final minutes. The final score, 36-39. Coach Keahna stated, "Finally we came out to play but It was a little bit too late. We needed to come out a little bit sooner than that."
The Trojans will have the opportunity to even the series when they host the South Hardin Tigers in the Roundhouse on Monday Feb. 10. "Hopefully when we play them at our house on Monday we start from the tip."