By Kayleigh Rahn
Tuesday, Oct. 9
The seventh grade East Prairie girls’ basketball team turned up their offense for a 45-22 win over Cerro Gordo.
Marissa Boyer had 12 points for the Hornets, while Sydney Moss and Catie Gibson tallied eight each. Emily Czerwonka and Addyson Ring put together seven each, and Zoey Thomason hit three.
“Our defense forced Cerro Gordo into many turnovers that we converted into baskets,” Coach Beth Pugh said.
Following a slow first half, the eighth grade girls’ team found their footing and put away Cerro Gordo 23-11 on the road.
Ella Boyer led the team with 12 points, and Harley Woodard dropped four. Molly Macaulay had three, and Marley Good and Mia Hausmann posted two each.
“We struggled getting our offense going in the first half,” Pugh said. “I was pleased with the way we came back together in the second half.”
Thursday, Oct. 11
The seventh grade girls brough home hard lessons from a close loss to Arcola 26-22.
“The seventh grade got into foul trouble early, and Arcola made their free throws,” Pugh said. “We are learning to take care of the ball against different defenses. I know we lost this close game, but the girls are learning and improving.”
Moss and Czerwonka had seven points each, while Boyer posted five, Gibson had two, and Thomason added one.
Fouls and turnovers led to a tough to Arcola 22-29 for the older Lady Hornets.
“I like that we are playing aggressive, but we need to do this with out fouling and that will come,” Pugh said. “We had our opportunities, we missed some shots and fouled at some bad times in the game. I want the girls to stay aggressive, we just need to learn to do this with out fouling.”
Claire Meyer led the team with seven points, and Woodard and Good put together four points each. Boyer added three, while Macaulay and Izzy Wilcox added two each.
Saturday, Oct. 13
A large Teutopolis team led East Prairie through each quarter finally took the W from Tuscola with a 34-22 win.
The Hornets were led by Thomason with 10 points, while Boyer added six, Ring had four points, and Gibson added two.
“The seventh grade had trouble with full court pressure,” Pugh said. “The seventh grade needed that one player to step up and be a leader. There are times when one or two of them will start to step up and be that leader. They are improving with every game and practice.”
The eighth grade Hornets couldn’t quite recover from a slow, two-point first quarter and eventually fell to Teutopolis 20-34.
“We did have good shots, and we need to take advantage of those opportunities,” Pugh said. “I wasn’t happy with our defensive effort in the first half. At half time I told them to play like the score was 0-0, and I believe they did. I really saw a much more aggressive team.”
Boyer had seven points, and Wilcox added five. Harley Woodard, who was the lone scorer in the first half, closed the game with four points, while Hausmann and Meyer contributed two apiece.
“Some teams would have given up and went home, but they got it back together and played much better the second half,” Pugh said. “Teutopolis is a very talented and aggressive team, it was a Saturday morning, but you need to be ready to play. We are going to play on Saturday mornings, and we are going to play tough teams. I think playing these type of teams will prepare us for the tournaments ahead.”
Tuesday, Oct. 15
In a true team effort, the seventh grade girls jammed up the Monticello Sages 35-6.
“The seventh grade had one of their best games against Monticello,” Pugh said. “I was happy to see the girls play more aggressive on both the offense and defense. We had a lot of girls score, which makes the game more enjoyable for everyone.”
Boyer put together 11 points, including a huge eight-point second quarter. Thomason tallied nine for the Hornets, and Gibson had seven. Ring put up four points, Czerwonka added three, and Moss had one.
Following a slow first quarter, Tuscola’s eighth grade girls turned their game around and never looked back with a 20-14 win over Monticellow.
Boyer hit 11 points, Good contributed three, and Wilcox, Woodard, and Macaulay added two each.
“The eighth grade started out slow in the first quarter, but had a good second quarter,” Pugh said. “We struggled offensively, but our defense came through for us.”
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Again, a two-point first quarter put the Lady Hornets in a hole that was too tough to dig out of in a 15-30 loss to Pana.
“The seventh grade had a really slow first half,” Pugh said. “I was glad to see they didn’t quit and came out and had a strong, (11-point) third quarter.”
Boyer found a rhthym and tallied a game-high seven points in the third quarter alone. Moss, the lone scorer in the first half, put together four points, and Czerwonka and Thomason added two each.
Following the first buzzer, the eighth grade girls found themselves down 12-5 against Pana; however, after redirecting, Tuscola came away with the 38-32 win.
“The eighth grade again had a slow first quarter,” Pugh said. “We knew what Pana would do, and we did not focus on what we needed to do. Pana is a good team with good ball handlers and they shoot the ball well. I was glad to see we regrouped and played better the rest of the game.”
Boyer and Meyer had huges night as each tallied 18 points, and Woodard added two.
The Hornets head into conference play this week before taking on the back half of the 2018 season.