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DeBoef, McLean shine in road loss at Baxter 56-35

January 23, 2020
CJ Eilers - Editor (cjeilers@traerstarclipper.com) , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama girls basketball braved the cold for a road game at Baxter on Tuesday, Jan. 21, falling to the Bolts 56-35 as juniors Abby DeBoef and Rylee McLean scored 23 of those points for the Redhawks.

"In our first game against [Baxter], we weren't ready from the beginning," coach Shawn Larmore said. "Tonight, I felt we did a good job competing in the first half."

Baxter's pressure impacted the game right away as the Redhawks struggled to get the ball into the halfcourt, let alone quality shots from the baseline. Rylee McLean scored all four points for North Tama in the first quarter, down 9-4, before a 5-2 run courtesy of a DeBoef layup and Katelyn Kucera three put the game at two points. That would prove to be the closest the Redhawks would get as turnovers continued to hurt North Tama to go down 26-17 at halftime.

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Abby DeBoef finished with a double-double (11 points, 14 rebounds) at Baxter on Tuesday, Jan. 21, drawing praise from Coach Larmore about her defense.

"Their press gave us fits at times, but once we break it we have to be confident enough to take it to the hole," Lamore said. "We've got girls open down the court and we're not seeing them. Our guards need to be confident to bring the ball up."

While the Bolts continued to extend their lead to 46-25 by the end of the third quarter, DeBoef and McLean continued to battle on the boards for the Redhawks. The two juniors grabbed 25 boards alone in the 56-35 loss.

"I thought Abby and Rylee both did a good job rebounding tonight, Larmore said. "Offensively, we are still missing uncontested layups and that's been hurting us lately. We were 5 of 15 on free throws, easy points off the board. These girls we faced aren't 20 points better than us. We have to handle the pressure, move the ball and continue to do a good job on the boards."

McLean had 12 points and 11 boards and DeBoef 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. Katie Kopriva finished with four points, five rebounds and two assists.

"Abby is starting to take pride in her defense and in rebounding, which we need her to continue to do," Larmore said. "If we're giving up points, it doesn't really matter how many points we're putting up if we're down."

North Tama will host Valley Lutheran for a rescheduled game on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Collins-Maxwell on Friday, Jan. 24. The Redhawks will travel to Colo-Nesco on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The girls are 2-11 on the season.

 
 
 

 

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