Ram girls split first two conference games
By SUE RIEDER
The Greene County varsity girls basketball team had a rough start to their conference season when they lost a road game to PCM 69-35 on Nov. 25. The Mustangs were ranked number 12 in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s preseason Class 3A rankings that were released on Nov. 19. The Rams led 11-10 after the first quarter, but could only add eight points in the second quarter, while the Mustangs poured in 25. The opponent’s quick defense really bothered Greene County, as the Mustangs forced a flurry of turnovers and converted those into scores. Both teams shot 43 percent from the field, but PCM attempted almost twice as many shots as the Rams.
Kayla Mobley led the Rams in scoring with 21 points, despite being guarded by two or more players whenever she was in the paint. Marissa Promes grabbed 10 rebounds, while Hannah Onken collected seven, and Jolee Wessling nabbed four. Tressa Rasmussen and Stacy Mears led the team in assists with six and three respectively. PCM was led in scoring by senior Rachel Freland who put up 24 points and sophomore Kayla Jennings who chipped in 14.
“We started out really strong, but then we fell into their momentum and stopped moving on offense,” said Coach Chad Morton. “We know that you have to attack this defense by moving and cutting after we make a pass, and when we stopped doing that, it really hurt us.”
The Rams shook off the first loss and got a big 63-21 win at Colfax-Mingo on Dec. 2. Greene County used balanced scoring and good defense to get the decisive win over the Tigerhawks. Jolee Wessling led the scoring connecting on five of nine from the field and four of six from the free throw line for 15 points. Three of her team mates also scored in double figures. Stacy Mears added 14, while Marissa Promes and Kayla Mobley each contributed 12. The squad made 27 of their 55 attempts from the field for 49 percent, but were a disappointing 6/13 from the charity stripe. Greene County had a 28-point first quarter and added 17 more in the second period to take a commanding 45-15 lead at the intermission. Ram scoring cooled off a little in the second half, but the 18 points that they did score was plenty, as Colfax-Mingo struggled offensively and only scored six second half points.
Leading Greene County on the boards were Hannah Onken with six rebounds, and Mears and Mobley with five each. Wessling and Mears each were credited with six steals in the game.
“I was really proud of the girls for playing at a high level for the whole game. I thought we did a better job of taking care of the ball,” said Coach Morton.
“We had well rounded scoring and Jolee shot the ball as good as I have ever seen.”
Greene County statistics versus PCM
Scoring- Kayla Mobley 9 3-5 21, Tressa Rasmussen 2 0-0 5, Stacy Mears 2 0-0 4, Hannah Onken 1 0-0 2, Marissa Promes 1 0-0 2, Hannah Promes 0 1-2 1. Rebound leaders- M. Promes 10, Onken 7, Wessling 4. Assist leaders- Rasmussen 6, Mears 3. 3-pt. goals- Rasmussen 1.
Greene County statistics versus Colfax-Mingo
Scoring- Jolee Wessling 5 4-6 15, Stacy Mears 6 0-0 14, Kayla Mobley 5 2-6 12, Marissa Promes 6 0-0 12, Hannah Onken 2 0-0 4, Hannah Promes 2 0-0 4, Kenna Marquardt 1 0-1 2. Rebound leaders- Hannah Onken 6, Mears 5, Mobley 5, M. Promes 4. Steals- Mears 6, Wessling 6, Kenna Marquardt 3. Assists- Tressa Rasmussen 3, Marquardt 3. 3-pt. goals- Mears 2, Wessling 1.