The Dallas Center-Grimes girls basketball team hosted their first home game of the 2016-2017 season on Tuesday, Nov. 29 against Southeast Polk. Unfortunately the Rams ended up taking home the win and the Fillies are now 0-2 on the season.
The first quarter did start off well for the Fillies. Jenna Borchers started the game with a three-point shot for the Fillies that put them in the lead. This lead didn't last long as Shiloh McCool immediately responded with two field goals and was then fouled by Borchers.
Hannah Wuebker was determined to make sure the Fillies kept the lead and successfully made two three pointers before the Rams could score another point. The next point for the Rams came from a free throw made by McCool after she was fouled by Rachel Lowary. The score now read 9-5.
The Rams kept pushing it and another two-point shot was made by Sami Craig, followed up by free throws made by McCool. The game was officially tied 9-9.
The Rams took the next lead with a three pointer by Sierra Mitchell, which was followed by a field goal from McCool. Mitchell then fouled Mallory Vroegh who made both of her shots and the quarter ended with the Rams leading 15-11.
The second quarter started off well, again, for the Fillies with another two points made by Brooke Kramer. Unfortunately, this did not last long and soon the Rams were up 21-13.
It began to look like the Fillies we not going to score again until after halftime, until Borchers scored again. Borchers made the last field goal of the half and was fouled while doing so allowing her to shoot and make a free throw for the Fillies.
The gap didn't close much before the half ended. McCool shot another free throw at the buzzer and ended the second quarter 34-16.
"We weren't happy with the way we played and competed in the second quarter," said Coach Adam Jones. "We turned the ball over too much and didn't rebound very well. We dug ourselves a hole in the second quarter and then spent the rest of the game trying to dig our way out. To the girls' credit, they fought hard and competed in the second half and showed that we are very capable of playing with a team like Southeast Polk. We're fast and athletic and we were able to use that to our advantage in the second half. It was clear last night that there are things we can do to improve, however, there were positives to build on."
The third quarter started with a field goal made by Lowary but with the Rams' next possession, McCool shot a three pointer.
Anna Zelenovich followed this up with a foul on Borchers, who made two free throws for the Fillies. With the Fillies' next possession, Borchers had another two-point shot bringing the score to 37-23.
Within the next few possessions the Rams had a field goal, a three pointer and a foul while the Fillies had two free throws and a two-point shot.
As the clock wound down the Fillies kept trying to close the gap and soon the score read 44-30. Mitchell stopped the Fillies with a three pointer. Soon after Abby Sutten fouled Wuebker who scored two more free throws for the Fillies.
After Wuebker's free throws, the Fillies only scored four more points in the quarter. The last field goal for the Fillies of the quarter went to Tatum Jorgensen who just beat the buzzer. The third quarter ended with the Fillies still trailing 49-36.
"We have a very tough schedule this year and we will be tested every night," Jones said. "I think the biggest thing we have learned is that we have to show up, play hard, compete the entire game and not relax. We have been trying to focus on doing the little things consistently. The little things are easy to do but are also easy not to do and are often times the difference in a win or a loss. It will remain our focus and I am positive we will continue to improve and see success."
The final quarter began with a field goal made by McCool. The Fillies followed this up with four points from Lowary and Borchers. The score now read 54-40. Mitchell scored another three pointer for the Rams. Borchers and Lowary had another two points each for the Fillies. The last two points went to the McCool, who made two free throw with only eight seconds left in the game. The game ended 59-44.
"It's very early in the year, basketball is a long season and will have ups and downs. Ultimately we want to be playing our best basketball in February, when the post season starts and give ourselves the best opportunity to advance. In order to do that we have to focus on improving each day and consistently doing the little things. It is a process to get where we want to go. Our schedule will test us but allow us to improve."
The Fillies will head to Norwalk on Firday, Dec. 2. The game will start at 6:15 with the boys to follow.