The Winterset Huskies growled in the Greene County Middle School gym Monday night, handing the Rams a pair of losses in varsity hoops games. The Mega Night was originally scheduled for Jan. 16.
The Ram girls lost despite scoring eight points more than their season average, with a final score of 69-42. The Huskies had a 17 point lead at halftime, 40-23, and continued to build it.
Taylor Wessling led the Rams in scoring with nine points, including two 3-point baskets, followed by Kenna Marquardt with eight and Hannah Promes with seven. Laurin Lyons added six and Samantha Hardaway, Onica Delp and Izzy Bravard added four each. Lyons and Promes made one long basket each.
The Rams shot at 42 percent from the floor, also ahead of their 32 percent season average. They made 10 of 18 free throws, pretty close to their season average of 56 percent. They continue to struggle with turnovers, committing 23 against the Huskies. The Rams average 24 turnovers per game.
The loss drops the Rams to 3-13 overall. They return to the Heart of Iowa Conference to play the Saydel Eagles in Des Moines Tuesday. Their first meeting of the season was a 49-23 victory for the Rams.
The boys out played the Huskies the first three quarters but the visitors scored 28 fourth quarter points to claim a win, 88-81.
The Rams were up 20-18 after one quarter and 41-36 at the intermission. Their lead was four points after three quarters, 64-60, and they still held a four point lead with four minutes to play. That’s when the tide turned. With three minutes to play in the game the Huskies were ahead 73-70. It was a two-point game, with the Huskies up 81-79 with 20 seconds to play, but the Rams couldn’t find the win. With 16 seconds left to playÂ Trey Tucker put up the last two of his 25 points to bring the Rams within three, 84-81, but the Huskies made four of four free throws in the last seconds of the game for a seven point win.
Trey Hinote was right behind Tucker, scoring 23 points. Wade Adcock was the only other Ram to score in double figures with 15 points. Unofficially the Rams shot 56 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the free throw line.
The Rams are 9-4 overall and 8-2 in the HOIAC.