Mount Marty defeats Dordt 83-74
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Mount Marty Lancers used an early five point lead to springboard to a nine point win over the Defenders on Wednesday night, February 15 in Yankton, South Dakota.
The Defenders got down 11-6 as the Lancers scored four straight points and Dordt was never closer than three the rest of the half. The hosts built as much as a 19-11 lead before Kenzie Bousema made a free throw with 1:44 left to get Dordt within 19-12 when the first quarter ended.
The lead ballooned to 30-19 with 6:42 left in the first half an Ali Kuca three-point basket extended the gap to 33-21 with 5:18 remaining. Dordt’s Payton Harmsen got Dordt to withing 33-26 with a three-point basket but the lead hovered around the double digit mark before Jamie Gesink converted a free throw to end the first half scoring and got the score to 41-32.
A basket by Mount Marty opened the second half but Dordt responded with a nine point run, capped by an Annie Rhinesmith basket with 7:28 left in the quarter.
The Lancers had an answer and scored the next 13 points and led by double figures until the 7:36 mark of the fourth quarter when Dordt mounted one final rally. The gap was cut to three on two separate occasions, the last at 68-65 when Rachel Evavold converted a shot but never had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead and lost 83-74.
-Kim Kroeze scored 20 for the Defenders on 9-14 shooting and she had four rebounds with two steals.
-Jamie Gesink added 11 points with six rebounds and Rachel Evavold was a perfect 5-5 with five rebounds and ten points.
-Alissa Floen came off the bench to score seven points.
-Logan Wagner led all scorers with 26 poitns and Denae Veldkamp added 20 for the hosts.
-Dordt is 5-14 in the GPAC and 13-16 overall. Mount Marty is 7-12 in the GPAC and 13-16 overall. Dordt is eliminated from GPAC Tournament contention with the loss.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“They did some things different defensively. They played some box and one and some triangle and two on a couple of our shooters and I think that got us into a funk. We were trying to force some things and weren’t playing our game and that’s a lot of credit to Mount Marty and the scouting report they had on us. We put in a group that we felt like they weren’t going to specialize on and tried to isolate kids a little more in one on one situations. Our kids came out (in the second half) with more confidence. The strength of our team is that we have many different people that can put the ball in the hole. Kim had a really great game and Rachel came in and did some really nice things and Jamie had some nice baskets. The bottom line is they made bigger shots than we did down the stretch.”
Mount Marty def. Dordt 83-74
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