That one bad quarter continues to plague the Marshalltown girls basketball team.
Tuesday night, the poor frame was the first, and the Bobcats never recovered from a 14-point hole in a 48-33 loss to Indianola at the Roundhouse.
"We are trying to work through our funk that seems to occur in the first half," MHS coach Tim Johnson said. "We came out flat Monday against Newton and came out flat again tonight."
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
MHS sophomore Rachel Blagg, left, fights for a loose ball against Indianola’s Taylor Barnett during the Bobcats’ loss to the Indians on Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Sophomore Sam Hughes, right, also helped force a jump ball.
The Bobcats trailed 16-2 after one period against the Indians, but only got outscored 32-31 the rest of the way.
A big reason for the slow start was due to turnovers and another issue that plagued the Bobcats was foul trouble. Senior Eisha Oden missed a lot of the game with fouls and finished with just six points.
"She may be the best rebounder in school history, so not having her on the floor is tough," Johnson said. "Even when she is not scoring, she does so much more to help our team.
Indianola 48, Marshalltown 33
INDIANOLA (5-2) - Orwig 5 4-6 15, Deskin 1 1-2 3, Nicholson 1 0-0 2, Glascock 3 0-0 8, Kaale 4 2-4 10, Mahr 4 0-0 8, Palmer 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 7-14 48.
MHS (2-6) - A. Hughes 5 0-0 11, Boland 1 2-4 4, S. Hughes 3 1-2 7, Oden 3 0-0 6, Blagg 0 1-2 1, Mazour 2 0-2 4. Totals 14 4-10 33.
3-Point Goals - Indianola 3 (Glascock 2, Orwig), MHS 1 (A.Hughes).
The Indians took advantage of Bobcat turnovers in the first quarter by converting the miscues into points. Indianola scored too many easy baskets inside the paint and got to the lane with nifty dribble penetration.
"We didn't move our feet that well tonight," Johnson said. "They dribble penetrated on us well and that hurt."
After the poor start, the Bobcats played well enough to win but simply dug themselves too big of a hole to overcome.
Each team scored 13 points in the second quarter as Indianola (5-2) led 29-15 at the break. Strong play by Rachel Kaale inside allowed Indianola to go up 43-24 after three quarters, but Marshalltown won the final frame 9-5.
"We switched to a zone in the second half, and I think our length bothered them," Johnson said. "Indianola called a couple of timeouts because of the zone, and they were then able to tweak their offense a bit."
Lauren Mazour scored all four of her points in the final frame, while Oden and Amanda Hughes also added buckets. Hughes led the Bobcats with 11 points, while sister Sam Hughes added seven.
"I know we are tired, but we have to find a way to fight through that," Johnson said. "It's mental and physical toughness for us right now more than anything."
Marshalltown played its fourth game without the services of senior point guard Taylor Wagner, who continues to recover from bronchitis. Johnson said he has no idea when his floor general will return and lists her as day-to-day.
Indianola, a senior-dominant team, was led by Ally Orwig's 15 points, while Rachel Kaale added 10 and Markayla Mahr finished with eight.
The Bobcats (2-6) will try to get back on track Friday when they travel to Ames to take on the 10th ranked Little Cyclones.