Kasey Lane and Wildcat player Sara Sparks wait for a rebound in Paton-Churdan’s game against Glidden-Ralston on Jan. 21.     The Rockets had a good second half posted a convincing 56-35 win.

Paton-Churdan girls get two more wins


The Paton-Churdan girls improved their season record to 12-6 overall and 11-6 in the Rolling Valley conference when they upended two conference opponents in a 24 hour time period. The last time a Paton-Churdan girls basketball team  notched 12 wins in a season was during the 2002-2003 season when the players on this year’s squad were in their beginning years of elementary school.

The Rockets tried a new defense against Glidden-Ralston on Jan. 31, but when the Wildcats got two many easy baskets, the squad went back to a more familiar strategy. The Rockets built up a nine point half time lead and expanded that lead throughout the second half and won easily 56-35. Neither team shot particularly well from the field, but the Rockets got to the line 23 times and converted on 17 of their attempts. Paton-Churdan frustrated their opponent by stealing the ball 22 times in the game and often went right down to their own basket and got uncontested lay ups as a result of those steals.

Carleigh Paup was the leading scorer for P-C with 28 points including 15-20 from the charity stripe. Paup’s average of 21.8 points per game ranks sixth in Class 1A according to statistics released on the Iowa Sports Spotlight website on Jan. 30. Sydney Koch also scored in double figures with 12 points. Paup, Koch, and Emma Tilley were the Rocket’s leading rebounders, and Paup and Koch combined for 14 of the team’s 22 steals.

“We played better in the second half, but we need to get our post players more involved,” said coach Chris Petersen. “We tried a new defense early in the game, but that clearly needs more practice. I was pleased with our defensive effort in the second half. Carleigh did a great job of getting to the line and making free throws.”

Approximately 11 hours later, the team boarded the bus for a long ride to Mondamin to play a 1 p.m. Saturday game versus West Harrison. Mondamin is located in Harrison County and looks to be within 10 miles of the Missouri River which forms the border between Iowa and Nebraska. The Rockets may not have had their best performance of the year, but it was good enough to get a 56-31 win over the 1-14 Hawkeyes. Both teams shot under 30 percent from the field and under 20 percent from the 3-point range. Carleigh Paup and Crystal Sabus led the Rockets in scoring with 17 and 13 points respectively. Both of the leading scorers were very efficient from the free throw line as Sabus made 7 of 8 and Paup drilled 5 of 6. Emma Tilley and Sydney Koch both had nine rebounds, and Sabus and Kasey Lane each grabbed seven.

P-C’s games versus Adair-Casey scheduled for Feb. 4 were postponed due to weather and will be played Feb. 6 (tonight) in Adair.   

P-C   16   29   41   56
G-R  16   20   28   35
Paton-Churdan (56) Scoring- Carleigh Paup 6 15-20 28, Sydney Koch 5 0-0 12, Kasey Lane 3 0-0 6, Emma Tilley 1 2-3 4, Crystal Sabus 2 0-0 4, Autumn Johnston 1 0-0 2. Rebound leaders- Paup 7, Koch 5, Tilley 5. Steal leaders- Paup 9, Koch 5, Tilley 4. 3-point goals- Koch 2, Paup 1.
Glidden-Ralston (35) Scoring leaders- Julia Fleecs 5 0-0 10, Holly Handlos 3 2-4 8, Morgan Brosh 2 0-0 4, Anna Fleecs 2 0-0 4, Sara Sparks 1 2-3 4. Rebound leaders- J. Fleecs 9, A. Fleecs 8, Brosh 5, Handlos 5.  

P-C   11   27   35   56
WH     9   23   24   31
Paton-Churdan (56) Scoring- Carleigh Paup  5 5-6 17, Crystal Sabus 3 7-8 13, Kasey Lane 4 0-1 8, Emma Tilley 3 0-2 7, Bayllie Flinn 1 3-7 5, Sydney Koch 2 0-0 4, Reilly Niles 1 0-0 2. Rebound leaders- Tilley 9, Koch 9, Lane 7, Sabus 7, Flinn 6. Steal leaders- Tilley 8,  Paup 6, Sabus 4. Assists- Koch 4, Tilley 2, Paup 2. 3-point goals- Paup 2, Tilley 1.
West Harrison (31) Leading scorers- Alyssa Hatcher 4 3-4 11, Alexis Pettid 2 1-2 7, Moran Shearer 1 3-5 5. Rebound leaders- Hatcher 10, Miranda Bertelsen 8, Shearer 7. 3- point goals- Pettid 2.

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