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Eleventh ranked Sabers too much for young Trojans

December 4, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama girls basketball team opened their season on Tuesday, November 26. The Trojans hosted Central DeWitt. The Class 4A Sabers are ranked 11th in the preseason after finishing 16-5 last year.

Starting for the Sabers were Allison Meadows, Samantha Zeimet, Lauren Cooper, Natalie Butler and Taylor Veach. Cooper and Zeimet are returning seniors while Meadows, Butler and Veach are each sophomores.

The Trojans have an entirely new lineup after graduating six seniors including Zoee Buffalo, Madison Rohach, Taylor Ray, Abbie Morgan, Jaelin Berger and leading scorer Jessica Musgrave. Starting for the Trojans were Adriana Cervantes, Tylese Rosenberger, Makayla Backen, Aubrey Roberts and Lauren Veit. The starting five are pretty fresh to the varsity lineup with little experience. Rosenberger was out for a good portion last season due to an injury. Backen along with Roberts and Shelby Slaven each saw minutes off the bench last season.

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South Tama’s Tylese Rosenberger takes a shot during the Trojans season opener against Central DeWitt on Tuesday, November 26. The Trojans fell 83-16.
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"We are a young team. I've got one senior, one junior with playing experience. We are just going to go up from here," said Coach Todd Dale.

Central DeWitt's experience and size was no match for the Trojans. The Sabers finished the night with a dominant 83-16 win. This season is the definition of a rebuilding year for STC.

Rosenberger ended up as the leading scorer for the Trojans with five points. She scored two field goals and one free throw. Both her field goals came in the fourth quarter.

The Sabers ran a press throughout the first half of the night that made it nearly impossible for a team who doesn't have a clear ball handler to manage. They let off the press in the second half but by then the damage was done. Central DeWitt had a 44 point lead to start off the third quarter. Continuous clock ran through the entirety of the third and fourth quarters.

"We knew it was going to be a rough night. We just have to build a little bit at a time and find the positives in these games and build on them," said Dale.

The positives for Dale were the shot attempts made by his team even though most did not fall. The Trojans were 6-21 from field goal range.

"Some of the shots we took we didn't make but it was a positive because they were recognizing the shots were there," said Dale.

The Trojans faced Grinnell on Monday evening. The Tigers opened up their season with a 95-75 win against 2018 Class 1A state qualifier North Mahaska.

"It's going to be a rough season at times. There are way too many highly ranked teams in our conference to think you are going to take a bunch of young kids and go out and have a lot of wins but we've just got to get better," said Dale.



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