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Feb 6, 2020
-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Carly Janssen of Pocahontas Area shoots around St. Edmond Leah Neverman on Thursday
After a slow start to the season, the Pocahontas Area girls have started to find their groove.
The Indians (12-6 overall) split their first 10 games of the season, but since mid-January, they have won seven of eight games. Pocahontas Area extended its win streak to five straight with a 60-26 victory over St. Edmond (0-18) on Thursday night.
“We had good energy and our rotations were solid,” said Pocahontas Area head coach Robert Maske. “We were very handsy at times and let a few misses get in our heads.”
The Indians wasted little time jumping out to a lead, as they outscored the Gaels 20-4 in the first quarter and took a 27-point lead into the locker room.
“Their full-court press is tough to break,” said St. Edmond head coach Steve Neuberger. “And once they got in their trap, it was also tough to break.”
Pocahontas Area, known for a trapping defense, only allowed two field goals in the first half and forced 17 St. Edmond turnovers.
“I thought our defense was pretty good, but a step slow on rotations,” Maske said. “We only allowed two field goals in the first half, which is nice to see.
“I thought we also did well on not allowing easy baskets.”
Senior Sarah Powers and freshman Carly Janssen got the Indians going in the first half. Powers had 10 of her game-high 16 points in the opening 16 minutes. She was 4-for-7 from the field in the half and finished the game with four three pointers.
Janssen had nine of her 12 points in the opening minutes and was 2-for-3 for the game behind the arc.
Senior Kaylee Shivers also reached double digits with 13 points. The Indians had eight triples in the contest, as Jordan Saunders added two.
St. Edmond had trouble getting its offense going all night, but had a strong performance at the free throw line, going 12-for-16.
Senior Cambrie McBride and junior Leah Neverman led the Gaels with six points each. McBride was 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and Neverman was 4-for-6.
“I thought we did better as the game went on with their trap and press when we were in our spots,” Neuberger said. “We moved the ball well on offense at times and had some open looks, but the shots just weren’t falling.”
The Gaels are back in action on Friday when they host Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. Action will begin at 6:15 p.m. as part of a girl/boy doubleheader in the Gael gym.
Pocahontas Area — Jordan Saunders 2-7 0-0 6, Carly Janssen 4-8 2-4 12, Sarah Powers 6-12 0-0 16, Akaysa Duitscher 3-14 1-2 7, Kaylee Shivers 6-17 1-3 13, Paige Melohn 0-0 0-0 0, Annika Duitscher 1-4 0-0 2, Abby Oberhelman 1-4 1-2 3, Manon Koezen 0-2 0-0 0, Laura Hinners 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Sump 0-1 1-2 1, Ellie Melohn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-69 6-13 60.
St. Edmond — Kelli Kersten 2-3 0-0 4, Cambrie McBride 1-8 4-4 6, Aubrey Bemrich 1-6 1-2 4, Leah Neverman 1-11 4-6 6, Gracie Harvey 1-8 1-2 5, Leah Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Galles 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Neverman 0-0 0-0 0, Anna Kolacia 0-2 2-2 2. Totals: 6-39 12-16 26.
Quarter scores: PA led 20-4, 39-12, 50-20. Three-point goals: Pocahontas Area 10-20 (Powers 4-7, Saunders 2-5, Janssen 2-3, Annika Duitscher 0-1, Akaysa Duitscher 0-4; St. Edmond 2-12 (Harvey 1-4, Bemrich 1-2, Galles 0-1, McBride 0-2, Leah Neverman 0-3); Turnovers: Pocahontas Area 15, St. Edmond 28; Total fouls: Pocahontas Area 13, St. Edmond 14.
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