Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 13, 2014

Saber girls down the Saints

Steve Woodhouse

Melcher-Dallas — The Twin Cedars Lady Sabers held on to win a close game over their intra-county, Bluegrass Conference rivals, the Melcher-Dallas Lady Saints on Tuesday, Feb. 11. 

The Sabers took the early advantage in a fast-paced first quarter. Steals were abundant for both teams, but outside shooting was off. Nevertheless, the first quarter ended with the Sabers up 15-10. 

Twin Cedars kept the pressure up in the second quarter, though they continued to have their own struggles from the floor. The Sabers held a lead of seven points through most of the quarter until Melcher-Dallas Sophomore Sydney Suntken went on a tear, scoring five quick points to bring the Saints to within two. Sydney Suntken finished the game with seven points, two steals and one assist. 

With a lead of 25-23 late in the second, the Sabers appeared to be happy to run the clock out on the half. Things tightened up in the third quarter as shooting troubles plagued both teams. Late in the third, the Sabers' Brittney Roby, a senior, found her stride and helped lead Twin Cedars to a 36-27 lead going into the final period. 

The Saints' troubles continued in the fourth, as Twin Cedars' first two points of the quarter came off of free throws, granted the Sabers after a technical foul against M-D Coach Jon Suntken. The Sabers continued to dominate the quarter, as it was nearly half over before the Saints were able to put any points on the board. Melcher-Dallas' point total in the fourth was three. 

The heated rivalry between these two teams became even more evident as the game went on. The play became more physical and more than one girl for each team was knocked to the ground at some point. The Sabers' toughness outlasted the Saints to give Twin Cedars a 47-30 win. 

"I thought our bench played pretty doggone well," Jon Suntken said. He thought his team got out of its rhythm, which cost the team the game. The amount of attempts taken by the Saints (50) also concerned him. 

Roby led both teams in scoring with 20 points. Freshman Allie Utterback was close behind with 16. Also putting points on the board for the Sabers were Maria Moore (4) and Megan Anderson (7). 

Sydney Suntken was the points leader for the Saints. Sophomore Megan Roush added six, Kaylee Houson five and Jessi Anderson four. Maddie Roland, Abigail Borchert, Hannah Wilson and Jenny Petersen each sunk two. Anderson was impressive on defense with seven rebounds and five steals. She also had four assists and eight rebounds. Roland had five rebounds, two steals and five blocks. 

More in-depth stats from Twin Cedars were unavailable.