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CPU Pointers halt Trojans in second half

December 14, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Center Point-Urbana stormed past the South Tama Trojans 58-20 on Tuesday night. It was the first WaMaC West contest of the season. All around it was a tough night for the Trojans. They were plagued with turnovers and frustrations mounted as the night wore on.

CPU, ranked 4th in Class 3A was actually in Class 4A last season. They fell to the Class 4A State Champs, Marion in the semifinals. This year the Pointers dropped back down to Class 3A and are now ranked 5th by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union with a record of 5-1.

The night started with CPU's Madie Wilson sinking two shots at the free throw line just seconds into the first quarter. With the help of, Callyn Fox CPU had a 6-0 lead within the first 30 seconds of action.

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STC’s Jessica Musgrave (11) tries to avoid the trap by CPU and passes the ball to her younger sister Carissa Musgrave. The Trojans fell to CPU 58-20 on Tuesday, December 11.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

STC's Jessica Musgrave, was able to cut into the Pointers lead with a bucket. However by the end of the quarter the Pointers had an 11 point lead at 16-7.

CPU's lead grew by half as the Trojans trailed 35-18. The Pointers played a really tough defense. They ran a press from the tipoff which South Tama struggles with. The Pointers are quick, scrappy and they go after the ball any chance they get. The Pointers forced the Trojans to commit turnover after turnover and CPU capitalized.

Fox has been CPU's leading scorer this season averaging 15 points a game. What was interesting for the Pointers was that Madie Wilson stepped into that role on Tuesday. She led the Pointers with 11 points. Wilson averages just 6.6 ppg. This shows you just how skilled and deep the CPU team is.

Ryley Goebel, a 5'11 freshman for the Pointers averages 12.6 so far this season. She came off the bench on Tuesday and had 5 points. Karly Millikin averages 11.6 and Adrianna Katcher averages 9 ppg. Katcher is coming off of her junior cross country season in which she took 3rd at State this year and had won the event her freshman and sophomore years. Historically the Pointers have been a solid basketball team. Those who have followed high school girls basketball would recognize the Woolridge name. They graduated Allison Woolridge last year who is now playing for Drake as a true freshman.

Following halftime the Pointers completely shut down any offensive production by the Trojans. South Tama had just two points in the entire second half. Jaelin Berger scored one free throw in the third quarter and one in the fourth. The night ended with a continuous clock and the Trojans falling 58-20.

The start to the season has no doubt been difficult for the Trojans. But the good news is that this season has so far looked a lot like last season. The Trojans lost to Grinnell, Marion, Maquoketa and CPU last season and still managed a trip to the State Tournament.

The Trojans will be on the road to West Delaware tonight (Friday, Dec. 14).

STC Stats

Pts. - Musgrave 7, Rohach 4, Berger 3, Backen 3, Buffalo 3

FGM/FGA - Musgrave 2-8, Rohach 2-9, Buffalo 1-6, Backen 1-4, Berger 0-4, C. Musgrave 0-4

Off Reb - Buffalo 2, Morgan 1, J. Musgrave 1, C. Musgrave 1, Rohach 1

Def Reb - J. Musgrave 7, C. Musgrave 6, Rohach 3, Buffalo 3, Backen 2, Berger 1



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