BLAIRSBURG - It took Bret Schutt just two minutes to unload verbally on his team here last night, but after his 30-second outburst during a quick timeout it was game over.
"We started off really flat, so I called that timeout just as an attention getter. I went out there and let them have it a little bit, and I told them it was time to start playing basketball," Schutt, the Northeast Hamilton girls' basketball coach, said.
The message was received.
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Northeast Hamilton senior Molly Greenfield (24) knocks down a jumper over CAL’s A.J. Meier during last night’s Iowa Star Conference contest in Blairsburg. Greenfield poured in 17 points and the Trojets rolled to a 59-28 victory.
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Trojet senior Jennifer Jeffers (facing) gets up in the face of CAL’s Karter Miller as Miller looks for an outlet during last night’s game in Blairsburg. Jeffers scored eight points in Northeast Hamilton’s easy victory.
With their ears ringing, the Trojets stepped on the gas over the final 6 minutes of the opening period and essentially put Iowa Star Conference rival CAL away in a 59-28 thumping.
NEH (1-1, 1-0 ISC) pushed its advantage to 16-4 by the end of the first quarter and 27-12 at the half. And CAL (0-1, 0-1) simply had nothing in its arsenal to mount a comeback.
"From (the 6-minute mark of the first quarter) the girls shaped up and got a little bit more intense about what they were doing, and they were able to take care of business from there," Schutt said.
Northeast Hamilton 59, CAL 28
CAL (0-1, 0-1 ISC) - Karter Miller 7 3-4 17, A.J. Meier 5 1-3 11, Jenna Johnson 0 0-2 0, Alicia Cano 0 0-2 0, Sidney Turner 0 0-0 0, Dianna Porzio 0 0-0 0, Emily Quinnones 0 0-0 0, Gaby Gomez 0 0-0 0, Amber Zewert 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 4-11 28.
Northeast Hamilton (1-1, 1-0 ISC) - Jenn Willems 3 0-0 6, Jennifer Jeffers 4 0-4 8, Andi Anderson 3 1-1 7, Whitney Schutt 1 0-0 2, Sarah Elm 5 0-0 11, Kaylee Massman 2 0-0 4, Molly Greenfield 7 2-2 17, Lillian Chamness 1 0-0 2, Leah Meyer 1 0-2 2. Totals: 27 3-9 59.
Quarter scores - NEH led 16-4, 27-12 and 47-18. 3-point field goals - NEH 2 (Elm, Greenfield). Team fouls - CAL 7, NEH 15. Fouled out - none.
Guard Sarah Elm helped to ignite the rout with a baseline jumper, followed by several dump offs to the inside for easy buckets in the initial quarter. She canned a 3-pointer early in the second and finished with 11 points.
Guard Molly Greenfield - the Trojets' leading returning scorer - picked it up after the intermission and scored the bulk of her team-high 17 points. She also drained a jumper from outside the arc.
"Sarah really stepped up early on and Molly came on, especially in the second half," Schutt said.
All nine girls in uniform reached the scoring column. Jennifer Jeffers pumped in eight, Andi Anderson came off the bench to notch seven, Jenn Willems contributed six and Kaylee Massman added four.
Whitney Schutt, Lillian Chamness and Leah Meyer all had a bucket.
"We were able to press some and I thought Whitney did a nice job at the top, funneling people to the side so we could get some steals," Bret Schutt said. "And Kaylee and Andi both really stepped up and played well off the bench. If they can continue to play the way they are, we can rest the starters more and stay aggressive."
CAL received all of its offensive production from two players; Karter Miller rattled in 17 points and A.J. Meier had 11.
It will get tougher for the Trojets on Friday when they travel to Clarksville to take on the Indians, predicted by many as one of the conference favorites.
"Yeah, it's going to get tougher and the girls know it," Bret Schutt said. "We've got a few things to clean up, but we still have a plan in place and a couple of ways to attack them. We'll see if it works."