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Elm drills game-winning 3 for Trojets against CWL

Big 4th quarter helps erase otherwise tough weekend

December 10, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

Seven quarters of misery were quickly cast aside thanks to one potentially season-saving quarter for the Northeast Hamilton girls' basketball team over the weekend.

After dropping a forgetful 47-22 contest to Iowa Star Conference rival Tripoli on Friday, the Trojets found themselves in a 30-19 hole after three periods against CWL Saturday evening. And that's when head coach Bret Schutt played the competitive card.

"Between quarters we told the girls that they had to decide which way they wanted their season to go," Schutt said. "They could fight back and win or they could continue to slide the rest of the season, and the girls stepped up. The effort was more than double what it had been the first three quarters and that was nice to see."

NEH (2-4) outscored the Panthers 22-9 in the final quarter, capped by a Sarah Elm 3-pointer with 2 seconds left on the clock to give the Trojets a 41-39 victory. Elm poured in 11 of her game-high 20 points over the final 8 minutes, nine coming on three triples. Her game-winning 3 came on a kick-out pass from Jennifer Jeffers, who was playing the point in place of injured starter Jenn Willems.

"It was really a broken play, but (Jeffers) drove and made something happen and she found Sarah," Schutt said.

Molly Greenfield scored eight points in Saturday's win, and Jeffers contributed six points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Fact Box

Tripoli 47, Northeast Hamilton 22

Northeast Hamilton (1-4, 1-3 ISC) - Jenn Willems 2 0-1 4, Jennifer Jeffers 1 1-2 3, Andi Anderson 0 0-0 0, Whitney Schutt 1 0-0 0, Sarah Elm 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Massman 1 0-0 2, Molly Greenfield 4 3-4 13, Lillian Chamness 0 0-0 0, Leah Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 4-7 22.

Tripoli (3-2, 2-2 ISC) - Jenna Capper 1 0-0 2, Toni Moeller 1 0-2 2, McKayla Meyer 2 0-0 5, Bobbi Moeller 5 0-0 12, Paige Figanbaum 1 0-0 3, Kaitlin Westendorf 2 0-0 6, Ashlen Damm 7 3-5 17. Totals: 19 3-7 47.

Quarter scores - Tripoli led 14-8, 35-10 and 40-20. 3-point field goals - NEH 2 (Greenfield 2); Tripoli 6 (Westendorf 2, B. Moeller 2, Figanbaum, Meyer). Rebounds - NEH 26 (Jeffers 8, Greenfield 7). Steals - NEH 3. Assists - NEH 5 (Willems 2). Team fouls - NEH 9, Tripoli 15. Fouled out - none.

Northeast Hamilton 41, CWL 39

Northeast Hamilton (2-4) - Jeffers 2 2-7 6, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Schutt 0 0-0 0, Elm 8 0-1 20, Massman 2 2-2 6, Greenfield 3 0-0 8, Chamness 0 1-2 1, Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 6-11 41.

CWL (1-5) - Starr Haler 0 2-3 2, Elizabeth Carlton 3 2-2 8, Megen Studer 4 4-5 14, Christie Schutter 1 0-0 2, Lauran Chambers 0 1-2 1, Sadie Poldervaart 4 1-4 9. Totals: 12 10-15 39.

Quarter scores - CWL led 12-4, 18-11 and 30-19. 3-point field goals - NEH 6 (Elm 4, Greenfield 2); CWL 2 (Studer 2). Rebounds - NEH 28 (Jeffers 9, Schutt 4, Elm 4, Greenfield 4). Steals - NEH 7 (Massman 3, Greenfield 3). Assists - NEH 13 (Schutt 4, Jeffers 3, Elm 3). Team fouls - NEH 17, CWL 18. Fouled out - none.

CWL (1-5) received 14 points from Megan Studer.

On Friday, Tripoli (3-2, 2-2 ISC) jumped on NEH (1-3 ISC) early and outscored the Trojets 21-2 in the second quarter to vault ahead 35-10.

"I think we're going to burn the CD of the Tripoli game. It wasn't fun to watch," Schutt said. "We dug ourselves a big hole and in the second half we just wanted to get out of the night."

Greenfield scored 13 and had half of the team's eight field goals. She also had seven rebounds.

Willems added four points and Jeffers finished with three and eight caroms.

Ashlen Damm (17) and Bobbi Moeller (12) scored in double figures for the Panthers.

 
 

 

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