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Whitehead, Mavericks cage Jaguars

TALLYING TWO MORE — Martin County West guard Marissa Whitehead (3) glides toward the basket to produce two more points during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Truman. Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther guard Jayme Balcom (right) watches the play. The Mavericks went on to post a 48-34 win over the Jaguars. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRUMAN — In a game full of turnovers, Martin County West came out on top.

The Mavericks beat the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars 48-34 in a Valley Conference basketball matchup Friday night in Truman.

The two teams combined for 62 total turnovers with the Mavericks forcing 34 and the Jaguars creating 28.

Marissa Whitehead created the final lead change of the game with 13:49 left in the first half when she converted a steal into a layup to put the Mavericks ahead 6-5. Whitehead followed it up with a steal-turned assist on a Liz Fisher layup a minute later to extend the lead to three before Emily Dunlop cut through the lane and converted a Kari Matejka entry pass into another layup.

Fisher then stole a Jaguar pass and heaved it to a down-court Whitehead for a breakaway layup to put the Mavericks ahead 12-5.

Lydia Steinhaus broke the scoreless spell for the Jaguars when she hit a midrange jumper off a Kaelynn Meixell assist to bring the Jaguars back within five.

Sami Meyer scored the Mavericks’ next seven points over a four-minute period with a layup off a Dunlop inbound pass, a traditional three-point play coming from a Gabby Lange post-entry pass and a third layup, created by a Dunlop post-entry lob.

Eden Studer and Makayla Hall each hit a putback shot for the Jaguars and Studer made two free throws before both teams went on a four-minute scoreless streak.

Whitehead hit a layup with two minutes left and Matejka made a free throw with 22 seconds remaining to send the Mavericks into halftime with a 22-13 lead.

MCW head coach Rodger Taylor said the Maverick defense didn’t play perfectly, but he was happy with how it performed.

“Our girls have moments where we play very good defense,” Taylor said. “Now it’s just being consistent and having that intensity. We just hope it continues to improve.”

The lids stayed on both rims to open the second half, with neither team hitting a shot in the first 3:30.

Fisher broke the spell when she turned a steal into a hard-fought layup, then Meyer used a Matejka assist for two more to give the Mavericks a 15-point lead.

Michaelah Petrowiak got the Jaguars on the second-half scoreboard when she collected a Steinhaus post-entry pass and converted it for a layup with 13:30 left.

The Jaguars wouldn’t hit another non free throw for five minutes.

Jaguar head coach TJ Pytleski said the Jaguars struggled to adjust to defensive changes.

“I was happy when we ran our offense, we just couldn’t get shots to fall,” Pytleski said. “We were stuck on 13 (points) for a long time, we just couldn’t get off of 13 for whatever reason. I thought the second half was better than the first. Give them (MCW) credit too, they did a good job mixing up their defenses and it took us a little while to adjust to that. We had a lot of turnovers off of that.”

Both teams’ offenses continued to struggle throughout the remainder and MCW was able to maintain at least a 10-point lead.

“We had moments where we did some nice things tonight,” Taylor said. “I don’t think either team played especially well, but it is a rivalry game, it’s been that type of game for a long time and we’re very happy to come on the road and get a conference and sub-section win.”

Whitehead led the Mavericks with 19 points and neared triple-double territory with seven steals and six rebounds. Meyer scored 13 points and grabbed six boards.

Studer was the lone Jaguar to reach double-digit scoring with 14 points, while bringing down nine rebounds to come close to a double-double. Eight of Studers points came from the free throw line where she hit 8 of 11 attempts.

Petrowiak grabbed six rebounds for the Jaguars, while Jayme Balcom had five. Matejka dished out a game-high four assists for the Mavericks, while Meixell had three for the Jaguars.

MCW (5-5, 4-1) travels to Blue Earth Area on Tuesday. The Jaguars (7-6, 3-2 Valley) play host to Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday in Truman.

Martin Co. West 22-26–48

GHECTML 13-21–34

MARTIN CO. WEST (48)

Whitehead 6-11 3-5 19, Meyer 6-10 1-2 13, Matejka 1-10 4-6 6, Dunlop 1-4 2-4 4, Fisher 2-4 0-2 4, Taylor Elliott 0-1 2-2 2, Rubi Reyes 0-1 0-0 0, Thea Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-42 12-21 48.

GHECTML (34)

Studer 3-8 8-11 14, Petrowiak 3-12 0-0 6, Emily Stauter 2-4 0-0 4, Steinhaus 2-7 0-0 4, Balcom 0-7 2-4 2, Hall 1-4 0-0 2, Kylee Bentz 1-1 0-0 2, Abby Calkins 0-1 0-0 0, Meixell 0-2 0-0 0, Samantha Moeller 0-3 0-0 0, Amber Steen 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 12-50 10-17 34.

3-pointers: MCW 2-10; GHECTML 0-8. Rebounds: MCW 27 (Whitehead 6, Meyer 6, Dunlop 4); GHECTML 33 (Studer 9, Petrowiak 6, Balcom 5). Assists: MCW 13 (Matejka 4); GHECTML 9 (Meixell 3). Steals: MCW 18 (Whitehead 7, Fisher 3); GHECTML 14 (Stauter 3, Petrowiak 3).

North Union 57, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 50 — Chloe Lofstrom’s double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds helped power the Warriors past the Cardinals in Top of Iowa Conference basketball action Friday in Garner.

Vanessa Von Bank helped the Warrior offense with nine points via three 3s and added five assists, while Brooklyn Prochniak totalled six points.

Olivia Von Bank put up five points and brought down five rebounds, while Hope Steinberger grabbed five boards, dished out six assists and made four steals.

North Union (7-4) plays host to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in Armstrong.

St. Peter 57, Fairmont 29 — The Saints held the Cardinal offense in check for a Big South Conference basketball win Friday night in St. Peter.

Madysen Allen led the Cardinals with 11 points, while Cadence Becker totalled eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Emma Gudahl contributed six points to the Cardinal offense, which made 10 of 38 shots from 2-point range, 3 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc and 6 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Sarah Conlon led the Saints with 14 points, while Josie Wiebusch had 12.

Fairmont (8-5) goes to Worthington for another Big South matchup at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, while St. Peter (10-3) plays host to Hutchinson.

Allison Janssen scored 13 points to help power the Cardinals to a 24-21 win over the Saints in C-squad action Friday in St. Peter.

Abby Cihoski netted six points and four rebounds, Jazlyn Geerdes totalled four points and seven boards, while Kate Busche dished out five assists.

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