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Lady Redhawks fall short against G-R 60-56

January 31, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama girls basketball team made a quick trip over to rival Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Saturday, Jan. 26, putting up a close fight throughout but finished just short 60-56.

"We knew going into the game they had a really good point guard in Taylor Gienger, who not only does a great job of seeing the court and getting her teammates involved, but can really shoot it well," coach Shawn Larmore said. "I thought we did a pretty decent job of finding her and getting a hand in her face but unfortunately she knocked down some big shots for them when we would start to make a run." ?The Lady Redhawks got off to a sloppy start in the first quarter, plagued by both forced and unforced turnovers as the Lady Rebels put together their best offensive quarter of the night 18-11 after scoring the last four points. While North Tama showed flashes in the quarter, a friendlier second quarter allowed the Lady Redhawks to stay with G-R as they limited turnovers and got key stops on Gienger. While 30-24 was the score at halftime, the momentum felt shifting into North Tama's hands as Katie Kopriva began to catch fire offensively.

"We started off slow initially with them up 10-2, but we had players play big for us," Larmore said. "Takoa Kopriva and Katie Kopriva both knocked down a couple three's and did a nice job of creating on offense by penetrating and cutting."

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Takoa Kopriva tallied 15 points (4-5 FT), three assists, three steals and two blocks again Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Reinbeck.

The third quarter saw runs back and forth, but North Tama responded to each with a clutch bucket by the Koprivas and Rylee McLean. While outscoring the Lady Rebels 17-15, fouls on defense continued to send the home team to the line. In the final two minutes, the Lady Redhawks had the score down to one, but some bunnies at the hoop did not fall and a miscommunication on the very last play led to a turnover.

"Overall, I thought tonight was as well as we have played offensively all year," Larmore said. "We did a good job pushing the ball in transition and got some easy buckets. Rylee stepped up with some buckets and rebounded well. She had a big game on Monday and did great against G-R. We played well enough to win."

Katie Kopriva led the Lady Redhawks with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks. Takoa Kopriva also tallied 15 points to go along with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was McLean with 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Gorder also had eight points and five rebounds. As a team, North Tama had 15 steals and six blocks. ?"Those are just a few of the girls that stood out tonight but it's always a team effort," Larmore said. "We play a lot of girls and it takes all 13 of them to play their role for us to have success. If someone's having an off night shooting, etc. There are always other things they can do to make up for it and get others involved."

The Lady Redhawks had their Senior Night postponed due to weather before taking on Montezuma on Thursday, traveling to Dunkerton on Friday, and hosting Collins-Maxwell on Monday, Feb. 4. North Tama's postseason begins on Thursday, Feb. 7 as they travel to Don Bosco for Regionals.

"Playing well towards the end of the season is always a good thing going into the tournament," Larmore said. "Coach Breakenridge and I have always told the girls they have the potential to be pretty good and I think your starting to see spurts of that. Hopefully we can finish off the season strong and knock some teams off in the postseason."



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