Gilbert’s Taylor Broshar attempts to block Emily Christensen’s pass in the Rams game versus Gilbert on Jan. 3. The Rams were up by nine at half time, but the Tigers out scored the Rams 19-5 in the final period and won the game 40-34.

Greene County girls drop two conference games


The Greene County girls basketball team started 2014 with conferences losses to Gilbert and North Polk. Before Christmas, the Tigers and Comets were tied with Nevada and Greene County atop the conference standings with one loss apiece.  

At Gilbert, Greene County gave up a nine point half time lead and was out scored 19-5 in the fourth quarter to lose their first conference game of the new year 40-34. Although both teams came into the contest with only one conference loss, both squads had over twenty turnovers which really limited their scoring opportunities. The Tigers got hot in the final period, and the Rams were unable to answer Gilbert’s prolific scoring in the fourth quarter. As a team, the Rams were successful on 14 of 36 shots from the field including one of seven from 3-point range. Kayla Mobley led the team in scoring with 13 points and was the only Ram in double figures for the night. Hannah Onken and Mobley were the leading rebounders with eight and seven respectively. “Our conditioning seemed good, and I don’t think we got fatigued in the second half, but we needed to put more points on the board, especially when they were turning the ball over,” said coach Chad Morton.

On Jan. 7, the Rams hosted North Polk who were ranked eighth in Class 3A on the last Iowa Girls Athletic Union rankings released on Dec. 19. The Rams  stayed within striking distance for the first half, and after trailing by 11 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Greene County put themselves in a position to win by holding North Polk scoreless from the field in the final period. They out scored the Comets 13-6, but they couldn’t get the final few points that they needed to take the lead.

Although no Rams scored in double figures, eight players contributed to the scoring effort. Hannah Onken led Greene County with nine points. As a team, the Rams made 41 percent of their shots from the field and 68 percent of their free throw attempts. “We made North Polk earn their win tonight,” said coach Chad Morton. “We held them below their scoring average as a team and also held their top two scorers below their scoring averages. We just couldn’t make the last couple shots that we needed to shut the door. We need to stay positive knowing that we can compete with the good teams in our conference.”

Greene County girls now have a 5-3 conference record and will face Saydel who also has a 5-3 record on Jan. 10.

Gr. Co.   8   22   29   34
Gilbert    9   13   21   40
Greene County (34) Scoring- Kayla Mobley 6 1-2 13, Hannah Onken 2 2-4 6, Tressa Rasmussen 1 2-2 5, Emma Saddoris 2 0-0 4, Thea Ballard 1 0-0 2, Jolee Wessling 1-0-0 2, Marissa Promes 1 0-0 2. Rebounds- Onken 8, Mobley 7. Steals- Stacy Mears 3, Mobley 3. Assists- Wessling 3, Ballard 2, Emily Christensen 2, Mobley 2. 3-point goals- Rasmussen 1.
Gilbert (40) Scoring- Paige Hoiberg 6 3-5 16, Hilary Mosiman 4 3-4 13, Jane Brown 2 0-0 4, Taylor Broshar 1 0-0 3. Katie Reed 1 0-0 2, Elise Powers 1 0-1 2. 3-point goals- Hoiberg 2, Mosiman 1, Broshar 1.

Gr. Co.  8   20   29   42
NP        9   26   40   46
Greene County (42) Scoring- Hannah Onken 4 1-1 9, Thea Ballard 3 0-0 7, Tressa Rasmussen 2 0-0 6, Kayla Mobley 2 2-5 6, Emily Christensen 1 2-2 5, Jolee Wessling 1 3-4 5, Emma Saddoris 1 0-0 2, Marissa Promes 1 0-0 2. Rebounds- Mobley 8, Onken 4. Assists- Mobley 4, Christensen 2, Wessling 2. 3-point goals- Rasmussen 2, Ballard 1, Christensen 1.
North Polk (46) Scoring- Megan Murphy 5 2-3 14, Miranda Murphy 4 1-1 10, Rachel Zimmerman 0 6-11 6, Hannah Becker 2 2-2 6, Maddy Hill 2 0-0 4, Riley Murphy 1 0-0 2.

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