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STC Trojans outlast Benton for 39-35 win

January 11, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It was a neck and neck battle for the win but the Trojans prevailed and lit up the victory light once again outside the STC Roundhouse. South Tama (6-6) hosted Benton Community (3-8) for a WaMaC west contest on Tuesday, January 8.

Starting for the Trojans were Jaelin Berger, Tylese Rosenberger, Makayla Backen, Taylor Ray and Madison Rohach. Starting for Benton were Alyse Harvey, Rachel Maschino, Mallory Thys, Kayla Lambe and Kassandra McWhorter. Missing from the STC lineup were STC's leading scorer Jessica Musgrave and her younger sister Carissa. But as they say, the show must go on. It wasn't a slam dunk win and at times it was quite messy with several turnovers. However, the Trojans worked to step up their game and secured their sixth win of the season.

"Really the first part (with not having the Musgraves) was us deciding how we were going to go. If we were going to go with size or more ball handlers. We decided we would go with the two ball handlers and it really worked out. We handled the pressure that they threw at us and that was important for us to come out and win this game tonight," said STC Coach Todd Dale.

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Jaelin Berger starts off the night with a free throw shot. STC hosted and defeated Benton 39-35 on Tuesday, January 8.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

Someone who really took on the challenge was senior Jaelin Berger. She led the Trojans with 12 points and eight rebounds. The team also looked to her throughout the night to bring the ball up the court against a full court press.

"Jaelin did an awesome job tonight but that's what the coaching staff expects from her every night. The way she has to play aggressive toward the basket, hustling. She was outstanding tonight. That's what we need from her every night. This was a good experience for us," said Dale.

The Trojans led for much of the night but never managed to get beyond an eight point gap. After one quarter of play STC had an 11-10 lead. Tylese Rosenberger was at the line three times making each of her free throws. The first point scored was also from a free throw by Berger.

In the second quarter Makayla Backen got things started with a driving layup. Backen was also good for two free throws. Zoee Buffalo came in off the bench scoring a field goal midway through the quarter. Berger contributed offensively as well as Madison Rohach who sunk a three point shot to give the Trojans their biggest lead of the night at eight points. Benton closed the gap slightly with a free throw and a buzzer beating shot by Alyse Harvey. Still, the Trojans were up 22-17 at halftime.

Coming out of the half, the Bobcats had made some adjustments especially on defense. They played much more scrappy, forcing turnovers by the Trojans. They also managed to hold the Trojans to just two field goals in the third quarter. Both were by Berger. They were the only points scored by either team in the third quarter.

With both teams struggling to control the ball, STC began to get into foul trouble. Backen, Rosenberger and Rohach each had four fouls before the third quarter was over. Berger had three.

Going into the fourth quarter STC was up by just one point at 26-25. McWhorter tied things up at 28 early in the final eight minutes. Foul trouble became a thorn in the Trojans side as Backen was sent to the bench after fouling out with over four minutes left on the clock. Senior Queta Diego followed suit with just over three minutes remaining.

Buffalo played a key role for the Trojans at the post. While she didn't make every shot, she drew some foul calls that were crucial. Buffalo ended the night with five points and was 1-4 from the line but that one free throw made a big difference as it gave the Trojans a five point lead at 35-30. Benton responded with Harvey scoring for the Bobcats. She finished the night with 10 points. Berger followed that up with a commanding shot to put the Trojans back up by five. Rosenberger also played a key role at the line as she was fouled with just 37 seconds remaining. She hit both free throws putting the Trojans up 39-32. The night ended with Benton hitting a three point shot. The small lead the Trojans had built from the free throw line locked in the 39-35 victory.

"So many girls stepped up and played hard tonight. We probably played the best defensive game of the season and that's what we've got to do. We are not a high scoring team. We have to hold people down and we did a good of doing that tonight. Hopefully we can carry this forward," said Dale.

STC Stats

Pts - Berger 12, Backen 6, Buffalo 5, Rosenberger 5, Rohach 5, Ray 4, Diego 2

FGM/FGA - Berger 5-6, Backen 2-5, Buffalo 2-6, Rosenberger 0-2, Rohach 2-6, Ray, 1-4, Diego 1-1

FTM/FTA - Rosenberger 5-8, Berger 2-4, Backen 2-2, Ray 2-2, Buffalo 1-4, Roberts 0-2

Offensive Rebounds - Backen 2, Ray 1, Buffalo 1, Berger 1

Defensive Rebounds - Berger 7, Buffalo 7, Rosenberger 6, Ray 4, Rohach 3, Backen 1



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