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Redhawks blasted at BCLUW 64-30

December 19, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

After starting out the season with the road win, the North Tama girls basketball team suffered its fourth straight loss at BCLUW 64-30 on Saturday, Dec. 14 after a 62-40 loss against Colo-Nesco at home on Friday had given the Redhawks life.

"BCLUW runs a three-two zone and I felt if we could get some good ball movement like we had the other night, we could get some open shots," coach Shawn Larmore said. "The biggest thing with tonight is we didn't take care of the ball. Fundamentally, we weren't there."

From the tip, North Tama struggled to get shots off or find leading scorer Rylee McLean under the basket after 26 points against the Royal the previous night. The Comets were confident in their shot as threes fell at home for them. Turnovers plagued the Redhawks as they quickly found themselves in a 35-12 hole at halftime.

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Aubree Monat scored 10 points in the loss to BCLUW 64-30 on Saturday, Dec. 14.

"Our defensive rotation and not challenging shots contributed to BCLUW hitting seven three-pointers that put us in a hole early In the first half," Larmore said. "We have got to start giving more effort at both the offensive and defensive end of the court. It doesn't take skill to go after loose balls, block our opponent out to rebound the ball or hustle back on defense, especially after we turn the ball over."

While the Redhawks would put up 10 points in the third quarter led by Aubree Monat off the steal, North Tama continued to struggle in the halfcourt as the Comets pressured the ball. With their main weapon in McLean all but neutralized in the post, the Redhawks were unable to string runs together.

"Rylee has been real strong for us through our first four games," Larmore said. "Against BCLUW they did a nice job defending her and we also struggled getting her the ball. With teams keying on her and packing it in defensively against us, we are going to need our guards to start knocking down some outside shots."

Monat led the Redhawks with 10 points and two steals. Katie Kopriva had nine points and Abby DeBoef five points along with four rebounds and three steals in the loss.

"Aubree has done a pretty good job running our offense as the point guard and hit some shots against BCLUW," Larmore said. "She will continue to get better and expand her game as we will need to put the ball in the hole for us to be successful until we are healthy. Katie is a very good shooter and we need to start seeing that in games. She needs to continue to shoot the ball and her shots will start falling."

Injuries have impacted North Tama this season, including Takoa Kopriva out with an ankle injury and seeing a little time against Colo-Nesco before being shut down again.

"Takoa will help with getting us points but has been limited with the injury," Larmore said. "She can really put the pressure on the defense with her quickness getting to the basket or hitting the outside shot. We are hoping to get her back at full strength after Christmas break."

Before winter break, the Redhawks traveled to GMG on Tuesday and at Riceville on Friday, Dec. 20 for a cross-divisional Iowa Star matchup. North Tama is 1-4 on the season. Photos of the game can be found at



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