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South Tama varsity girls earn NICL west title

February 17, 2014
Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama got their revenge over the South Hardin Tigers Monday Feb. 10 and to sweeten the deal they also nabbed the NICL west conference title.

Starting for the Trojans were Regina Balderas, Paige Van Dyk, Trisha Walz, Madie Bacon and Tieranny Keahna. Claire Damon, Kayla Prosser, Sarah Boomgarden, Lydia Rose and Haley Lawrence started for South Hardin.

The two teams met last week at South Hardin in Eldora and the Trojans struggled to stop Prosser, the Tigers leading scorer. Prosser outscored the entire Trojan team in the first half of Thursday's game, on her way to a 26 point night. This week the fierce Trojan defense held her to just 11 points for the entire game. The Trojan game plan, according to Coach Marsha Keahna, was to shut down Prosser, and they did so successfully by limiting her production to 11 points (6.7 points below her season average). "We worked on going from our two-three zone to our three-two zone to get our guards out," stated Keahna. Hailey Weiss saw an increased role as she was assigned to guard Prosser. "When she was in, she was a defensive hustler. She is non-stop, gives 110% and never complains about anything," said Keahna.

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Senior Trisha Walz snags one of her 17 rebounds for the night when playing South Hardin on Monday Feb. 10 at home.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

Another Trojan on the defensive end who had an incredible game was Walz who Keahna refered to as "our defensive spark, our little heartbeat out their." Walz had a whopping 17 rebounds, 13 of those being defensive.

Now let's talk offense. Everyone who played for the Trojans contributed offensively toward their 55 points. The leading scorer was Keahna with 19 and right behind her was Bacon with 17 followed by Stubbs with 5 and Van Dyk with 4. Weiss and Walz both with three and Balderas and Kallie Hala with 2 each.

The Trojans came out with an impressive 11-0 run in the first quarter. In fact, the Tigers didn't get any points on the board until just under the two minute mark when Rose sunk a three pointer. In the second quarter the Trojans held South Hardin to seven points while increasing their lead to 16. The score at halftime, Trojans 26 and Tigers 10.

South Hardin made adjustments during halftime and came out swinging with 16 points in the third quarter. Prosser was able to break free for a couple of baskets while Claire Damon dropped in 6 of her own. It wasn't enough to stop the Trojans, who had their eye on the conference title.

Van Dyk took a spill in the fourth, bumping her head but was back in the game after a short rest. "She is a calming factor in the game, she knows how to deal with the stress and be a calming influence, said Keahna. Towards the end of the game the Trojan coaches could not contain their excitement and were on their feet while the girls closed out an amazing win. The final score, South Tama 55 and South Hardin 41. Congratulations to the 2014 NICL west Conference champs.



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