Lady 'Dogs lack energy in loss at West

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Le Mars' Molly Renken drives to the basket to score during Monday's game at Sioux City West.

SIOUX CITY -- Sometimes a team can go through the motions without tapping into any pure emotion during a game.

Such was the case for the Le Mars Community girls basketball team on Monday.

"We didn't play with enough urgency, we didn't play with enough energy," said Le Mars coach Judd Kopperud, whose Lady Bulldogs dropped a 51-41 non-conference decision on the road at Sioux City West. "We were as flat as I've ever seen us tonight. I'm not sure why."

(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Le Mars' Catie Meis dives to save a loose ball from bouncing out of bounds during Monday's non-conference game in Sioux City.

Coach Kopperud said his players lacked the energy normally displayed game in and game out.

"That's not us, that's not who we are," he said. "It's nothing with shooting or defense, it's pure energy.

"We usually play with more energy than we did tonight."

(Sentinel photo by Jay Bell) Le Mars' Carolyn Ahlers drives down the floor during Monday's game at Sioux City West.

The Lady Bulldogs showed spurts of momentum throughout the contest as each time the Wolverines opened a significant lead, the Lady 'Dogs responded by chipping away at their deficit.

Save for the first basket of the game by senior Jess Arnold, the Lady Bulldogs trailed the entire way.

The Wolverines scored 10 straight after Arnold's game-opening shot and took a 14-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Le Mars opened the second frame with a 5-0 run to pull within two before West knocked in seven straight points to go ahead 21-12.

Le Mars rallied within three, trailing 24-21, by the intermission, but the second half was much of the same for the Lady 'Dogs.

After Molly Renken scored the first basket of the second half to pull her team within a point, West scored another 7-0 run to go ahead 31-23.

The Wolverines ran a 10-0 run across the third and fourth quarters to go ahead 45-31 and the Lady 'Dogs could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

"It's like anything in life, you get what you deserve," Kopperud said. "We did not deserve to win tonight."

Renken led Le Mars with nine points and six rebounds while Carolyn Ahlers chipped in with six points and six rebounds.

Mary Kate Eckstaine scored six points and gave out four assists while Ashley Phelan grabbed four rebounds and three steals. Arnold also had three steals in the loss.

West sophomore Tanya Meyer scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Wolverines.

Le Mars (6-7) hosts Class 3A No. 14 Spirit Lake tonight (Tuesday).

"Spirit Lake has a great program and we haven't beaten them in a long time," Kopperud said. "We're going to have to show up with more energy if we want to get it done."

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