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Trojets hit by turnover bug, lack offensive balance in loss to ’Cats

December 5, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - The Northeast Hamilton girls' basketball team struggled with hanging onto the ball here last night, as 24 turnovers led to their demise against Janesville in Iowa Star Conference play.

The Wildcats (3-1, 3-0 ISC) - winners of three consecutive games - jumped ahead in the first quarter and never relented in a 39-24 victory.

"The big problem was the turnovers," NEH head coach Bret Schutt said. "We hadn't done that this year, but they got us playing at a quicker pace than we're comfortable with.

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DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton senior guard Molly Greenfield is hacked by Janesville’s Kendyl Sorge as she fires towards the basket last night. Greenfield scored 12 points in a loss.

"We've just got to start taking care of the ball a little bit better."

Trailing by eight, 27-19, after three quarters, the Trojets (1-3, 1-2 ISC) went on a min-run and pulled within five, 29-24, on a 3-point bucket by Sarah Elm with 4 minutes remaining.

But Elm, who knocked down a pair of 3s and finished with six points, fouled out on the next trip down the floor and the momentum swung back to the Wildcats for good.

Fact Box

Janesville 39, Northeast Hamilton 24

Janesville (3-1, 3-0 ISC) - Emily Trautmann 1 0-0 3, Kendyl Sorge 1 1-2 3, Victoria Leyh 6 2-3 14, Rachel Nuhn 0 1-2 1, Allison Hesse 1 0-0 2, Brittney Hanson 4 0-0 8, Anna Backstrom 2 0-0 4, Sylvia Amlie 2 0-0 4. Totals: 17 4-9 39.

Northeast Hamilton (1-3, 1-2 ISC) - Jenn Willems 3 0-0 6, Sarah Elm 2 0-0 6, Molly Greenfield 4 3-4 12, Jennifer Jeffers 0 0-0 0, Andi Anderson 0 0-0 0, Whitney Schutt 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Massman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 3-4 24.

Quarter scores - Janesville led 11-8, 23-14 and 27-19. 3-point field goals - Janesville 1 (Trautmann); NEH 3 (Elm, Greenfield). Rebounds - NEH 16 (Willems 8). Steals - NEH 8 (Greenfield 2, Willems 2, Jeffers 2). Assists - NEH 4 (Willems 2). Team fouls - Janesville 12, NEH 16. Fouled out - Elm.

Janesville iced the win with four free throws down the stretch.

Only three Trojets put points on the scoreboard; Molly Greenfield led the way with 12 and Jenn Willems matched Elm with six. Willems also executed in other facets, pulling down eight rebounds, distributing two assists and collecting two steals.

Victoria Leyh directed Janesville with 14 points, and Brittney Hanson chipped in eight.

Up next for NEH is a trip to Tripoli on Friday, following by another road game on Saturday at CWL Corwith.

 
 

 

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