SH girls can’t buy a bucket in loss

South Hamilton guard Anna Moss (left) shovels the ball to a teammate after going to the floor for a steal against Roland-Story on Friday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

STORY CITY — Mark Henderson really didn’t have much to complain about Friday night. South Hamilton’s head girls’ basketball coach really felt like his team checked many of the boxes necessary to win.

He was right, too.

Solid defense? Check.

Rebound the basketball? Check.

Force more turnovers than it committed? Check again.

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There was just one problem though. The Hawks couldn’t buy a bucket for much of the game.

Despite an overall solid performance defensively, South Hamilton struggled mightily at the offensive end in what turned out to be a 46-27 loss to eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story.

“We got good shots, but they just weren’t falling, and they were shots we’ve been making all year,” Henderson said after his club connected on just 21 percent of its attempts (10 of 47). “But overall I’m happy with the way we played. Sometimes the girls don’t realize that if you make one or two of those shots the game is a little closer and you get a little momentum, but we just didn’t get those.”

South Hamilton (5-11, 4-6 HOIC) scored the game’s first four points and then sat on that total for the next 8 minutes, 52 seconds of game time. During that drought Roland-Story (14-2, 8-2 HOIC) rattled off 14 points to seize command for good.

“That’s been our Achille’s heel all year where we go through those stretches where shots don’t fall,” Henderson said.

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Sydney Friest finally ended the dry spell on a bucket from close range with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter. A little over a minute later Roland-Story senior Jenna Clark scored on a drive to the hoop to reach 1,000 career points.

Clark had 12 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 14.

Marla Grubb scored six of South Hamilton’s nine third-quarter points. The senior forward paced the Hawks with 12 points, but it took her 25 shot attempts to get there. She went 5 of 25 from the field, while the rest of the team went 5 of 22.

Anna Moss drained South Hamilton’s only 3-pointer. The senior put up five points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Grubb led the Hawks on the glass with seven rebounds. Sydney Friest registered four points and six caroms.

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Roland-Story 46, South Hamilton 27

Friday at Story City

South Hamilton (5-11, 4-6 HOIC) — Anna Moss 2 0-0 5, Breanne Diersen 0 2-5 2, Taylor Volkmann 0 2-2 2, Brookelyn George 0 0-0 0, Aneesa Balderas 0 0-0 0, Emma Lewis 1 0-0 2, Taylor Ratzke 0 0-0 0, Marla Grubb 5 2-6 12, Sydney Friest 2 0-2 4. totals: 10 6-15 27.

Roland-Story (14-2, 8-2 HOIC) — Jenna Clark 6 0-0 14, Juliann Clark 2 2-2 7, Amy Rathmacher 1 0-0 2, Madeline Morton 3 0-0 7, Madison Friest 1 1-2 3, Emily Berggren 1 1-1 3, MaKayla Geise 3 1-2 7, Kylie Tjernagel 1 1-2 3. Totals: 18 6-9 46.

S. Hamilton 4 4 9 10 — 27

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Rol-Story 11 11 11 13 — 46

3-point field goals — SH 1 (Moss); R-S 4 (Je. Clark 2, Ju. Clark, Morton). Rebounds — SH 33 (Grubb 7, Friest 6, Moss 5). Steals — SH 9 (Moss 4). Assists — SH 7 (Moss 4). Turnovers — SH 15, R-S 18. Team fouls — SH 9, R-S 19. Fouled out — none.