COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo girls’ basketball coach Larry Roberts knew Thursday’s game against Sigourney was going to be tough before the season even started.
But if his Tigerhawks play with the effort they played with against the Savages in the final game before the holiday break, they will win a lot of games in the second part of the season.
Colfax-Mingo’s effort kept it in the game after two quarters, but the Savages were just too much in the second half during a 74-46 road victory in South Iowa Cedar League play.
“I am extremely happy with our effort tonight,” Roberts said. “I can accept that effort regardless of the outcome of the game.”
The Tigerhawks stayed in the game early. Junior Payton Rhone buried a pair of 3-pointers, the second one putting the Tigerhawks in front 8-6.
Sigourney, which has won four straight games, led 18-12 after one and extended the lead to 17 early in the second quarter.
Autum Barthelman scored 12 points in the quarter, and her final bucket put the Savages up 33-19.
Colfax-Mingo (3-7 overall, 3-5 in the SICL) didn’t quit though.
The Tigerhawks trimmed the halftime deficit to 10 following a layup by junior Jordan Atwood, a putback by junior Camilla Schlosser and a pair of free throws by junior Mac Brown and senior McKeely Tjaden.
“It was huge for us because it shows that we can do that moving forward,” Roberts said of the late second-quarter surge. “Our effort was outstanding in the first half and that allowed us to play through some mistakes. And when a team plays like Sigourney does, you are going to make mistakes. We were able to overcome some of that with good effort. They also missed some shots and we didn’t give them second and third shots.”
The third quarter is when Sigourney (8-1, 8-0) pulled away for good. The first-place Savages won the period 30-10 and led 67-37 heading into the fourth.
Barthelman scored 12 more points in the quarter for the visitors. She finished with a game-high 30 in the victory.
“They are fast and physical,” Roberts said of Sigourney. “They are going to get their hands on you, and they just keep coming at you. They got a couple of buckets off turnovers and then hit a few 3-pointers and suddenly its a blowout. They’re a good team.”
The Tigerhawks won the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Junior Delaney Underwood began the frame with a triple and Rhone knocked down her fifth and final 3-pointer of the game later in the quarter.
Rhone finished with a team-high 17 points. She came into the game averaging a team-best 10.6 per contest.
“She is letting the game come to her. She is not forcing as much,” Roberts said of Rhone. “She is doing what we need her to do. She is coming along and making a lot of progress.”
Atwood had her best game of the season, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds off the bench. She also had a pair of assists.
Brown tallied four points and four steals, Schlosser scored four points and grabbed four boards and Tjaden put in five points.
Atwood got more minutes in the game partly because senior starter Ries Wilson left the game on a stretcher at halftime. Her status was unknown at press time.
“I am not sure. I think she’s just dehydrated. She’s been battling some stuff,” Roberts said.
Sigourney 18-19-30-7 — 74
Colfax-Mingo 12-15-10-9 — 46
Sigourney (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP) — Leah Carter 1/1-2-5-5, Brooke Waechter 3-0-2-6, Autum Barthelman 10/5-5-1-30, Summer Barthelman 3-0-1-6, Sloane Magill 2-0-4-4, Kaylee Weber 2-2-4-5, Megan Stuhr 5/2-0-0-12, Ryleigh Leonard 0-2-0-2, Makenna Hammes 1-1-2-3. Totals 27/8-12-21-74.
Colfax-Mingo (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP) — Delaney Underwood 1/1-0-1-3, Payton Rhone 5/5-2-0-17, Mac Brown 0-4-4-4, Ries Wilson 2-0-1-4, McKeely Tjaden 1-3-3-5, Jordan Atwood 4-1-3-9, Colbee Cunningham 0-0-2-0, Camilla Schlosser 2-0-4-4. Totals 15/6-10-18-46.