The STC Trojans suffered their second loss against the Trojans of West Marshall on Tuesday January 14. Despite an improved performance that saw STC staying competitive through all 4 quarters, the size and senior leadership of West Marshall proved insurmountable.
Starting for STC were sophomore Darius Lasley, juniors Dalton Doyle and Ian Slagle as well as seniors Tyler Martens and Drake Cherveny.
First year coach Nate Doran tried to find the right chemistry on the court with several different STC Trojans contributing throughout the game.
Darius Lasley, STC Trojan sophomore, goes in for a shot in action against top-rated West Marshall on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Lasley led South Tama scorers with 18 points.
In the first quarter STC kept the score fairly close at 18-12. Lasley ignited the crowd and his fellow teammates with a huge block from behind on West Marshall's much taller Reggie Gradwell.
West Marshall pulled ahead in the 2nd quarter with STC unable to stop Gradwell's shooting. Three senior starters for West Marshall including Elijah Streeter, Gradwell, and Trenton Keislar combined for 50 of the Trojans 71 points. West Marshall's ability to score from anywhere on the court sent them into half time with a score of 39-28.
The Trojans continued to play aggressive through the second half but West Marshall maintained their offensive pressure, which never allowed STC to close the gap.
By controlling the tempo, keeping turnovers to a minimum, and converting 13 of 17 free throws West Marshall kept control through the end of the game.
Slagle and Grant Koch battled hard under the hoop and combined for 8 of STC's 25 rebounds. Slagle ended the game with 11 points and showed his athleticism with a quick spin under the basket.
Lasley was the leading scorer with 18 points with Koch right behind him with 15 points. The final score was 71-54 with the NICL-West leading West Marshall moving to 12-2.