Le Mars girls basketball secures win over CBAL

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Le Mars Community’s Sarah Brown shoots a 3-pointer in the team’s win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Friday. Brown made six 3-pointers in the win as she finished with a team-high 20 points.

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community girls basketball team hosted Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in a Missouri River Activities Conference game on Friday. The Bulldogs picked up the win by a 62-49 score.

The two teams met earlier in the season with Le Mars winning by a closer 46-42 score as they rallied from a nine point deficit at the end of the first quarter to secure the win. This time, it was Le Mars jumping out to a 17-6 lead with the team maintaining a double digit advantage throughout most of the rest of the game.

“We talked about before the game we just need to be a little bit more engaged for four quarters. We can’t pick and choose when we want to play really hard and when we don’t want to. We have to put four quarters together,” Le Mars Head Coach Cody Dyhrkopp said. “I thought we did a really good job of being engaged. We got up on them early and were able to build on our lead as the game went on.”

The Le Mars scoring was bookended by a 3-pointer by Sarah Brown at the top of the contest with the junior finishing off the game with her sixth 3-pointer of the night, capping off a season-best 20 point performance which led the team. She finished 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in the contest and was 7-of-10 overall from the field.

“We were able to execute some sets tonight and tonight she had the hot hand,” Dyhrkopp said of Brown. “We ran a few of them to her and she was able to knock them down. I give some other girls credit too. There were a couple of transition plays where Zoe (Wittkop) was able to draw help and Sarah went and spotted up in the corner and was able to knock it down.”

CBAL held a brief lead as after Brown’s opening three, the Lynx got a pair of free throws from Jeena Carle and a basket from Addie Naughton as they finished with 10 and nine points, respectively, in the game. Emily Pomernackas scored 12 points and Megan Elam added nine in a fairly balanced scoring night for the Lynx.

Madi Huls knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs back on top as she ended with five points. Lexi Hurd, who led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds, got her lone bucket of the game to extend the lead and the team followed with free throws from Jaelyn Marienau and Metta Skov which made it a 12-4 score. Skov finished 6-of-6 at the charity stripe and was second on the team with 16 points. Marienau made all four of her free throw attempts and finished with 12 points.

After a bucket by the Lynx, Le Mars ended the opening quarter on a 5-0 run with a long two from Marienau and a 3-pointer from Brown.

Le Mars ended 9-of-21 from 3-point range in the game as along with the six from Brown and one from Huls, Marienau ended with two in the win. The nine makes were slightly above the team’s average of 7.5 made 3-pointers per game which is tied with Bishop Heelan and just behind Spencer’s 8.1 for the most in Class 4A this season.

“Our offense is a four-out, one-in. We’re trying to get the ball to the middle of the floor, draw help and share to our post players, but what happens a lot of times is the defense collapses and we kick to a shooter and when they’re open, we’re not going to pass up open threes,” Dyhrkopp said. “We encourage our girls just to play the game and if they feel like it’s a good shot, take it.”

After losing back-to-back games for the first time since starting the season with a pair of one possession losses, Dyhrkopp said it was nice to get a bounce back win.

“I’m really proud of our girls for how they responded, losing to Sergeant Bluff on Tuesday night,” Dyhrkopp said. “It wasn’t the cleanest game for us and then not practicing for two days (due to weather), we knew tonight was a question mark for what was going to happen. There was never a moment where we had to stop and think about what our offensive play was or what defense we were in. They were able to pick up right where we left off.”

Le Mars improved to 8-6 overall with the win and 6-2 in MRAC games. CBAL dropped to an identical overall record of 8-6 while falling to 5-4 in conference games.

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