The new year brought little joy for the ladies of the Redhawk basketball team, as the girls played two tough in- and out-of-conference opponents and ended on back-to-back days that ended with similar results.
The girls traveled to Clarksville to take on perhaps the conference's best team in the Indians. Clarksville came into the game 7-2 on the year and won a decisive 61-49 victory, despite a second half in which the Redhawks outscored them 26-24.
Josie Youel led North Tama with 15 points and also snagged four rebounds and two steals.
North Tama’s Allison Zobel (above) spins around a Clarksville defender during Friday’s game. Below, Shayla Kopriva goes for a layup around the outstretched arm of an Indian defender. Below left, Josie Youel sports a nice hook shot to score a few of her 15 points.
North Tama's leading offensive threat, Allison Zobel, was held to just two points in the contest. Zobel did lead the team with seven boards and a team-high four assists.
Emma Knoop scored 10, and Shayla Kopriva was a force on the defensive end, forcing six turnovers.
The following day, the girls were back on the road to face Jesup, and fell in a close, defense-oriented contest by a score of 36-38.
The ladies had a chance to make up some ground in the standings this week with games against Northeast Hamilton and CAL, teams that are 2-8 and 1-9, respectively. The CAL game is this Friday night, January 11, with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. in Traer.