It was a strong start that they just never looked back from as the ADM girls basketball team jumped back on the winning trail Friday night with an 85-55 win over Perry Friday night.
The start couldn’t be any better for the Tigers who jumped out to a 22-5 lead across the first quarter. It was part of the largest scoring effort of the season, arriving just one point short of 20 points or more in all four quarters. ADM blew past each quarter scoring averages by at least seven points on the night. More of what occurred throughout the first quarter happened in the second quarter for the Tigers who continued to establish the post. That’s where the Tigers lived, for the most part, as over 83 percent of their shots made came underneath three-point range.
ADM’s efforts gave them a commanding 45-21 lead heading into the halftime break. It was a matter of watch and one up as ADM answered any run by the host Jayettes and then some including the third quarter where ADM answered all of Perry’s 13 points and then some, ending the quarter on a 21-13 run. ADM rounded out the game with some fresh faces across the final quarter and 19 points for the overall win.
After the tough loss to Winterset on Tuesday, it was a feel-good way to get back into the win column for the Tigers.
“It was good to get a win here tonight,” said head coach Jacob Cleveland following the win. “It was a tough loss for us Tuesday and we just needed to refocus and get re-energized and I felt we did that here tonight.”
Leading the way on the offensive end once again was Abbie Hlas who dropped 21 points on the night for her 12th 20 plus point scoring effort of the season.
“Abbie is an overall athlete and she’s just as strong attacking the game mentally as physically,” said Cleveland. “She attacks all sides of the game so well.”
Helping out the cause alongside Hlas was Delaney Bertman who dropped 18 points followed by Grace Hardcastle who dropped 14 points, her second straight game of ten points or more.
The win boosts ADM’s record to 11-5 overall and gives them another leg up in conference play as they now rest with a 6-4 mark. That puts them in a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings behind Ballard at 9-0.
Next up on the docket for the Tigers will be a trip back home as they will host Carroll on Tuesday, Feb. 4. As the Tigers gear up for the late-season push, they will have several focuses but one stands out more in particular to coach Cleveland.
“The biggest thing that hurt us lately has been rebounding,” began Cleveland. “In close games, rebounding can mean the difference between winning and losing so that will be our biggest focus heading into next week.”
The Feb. 4 contest will kick off against Carroll beginning at 6 p.m.