When the Twin Cedars Lady Sabers hosted Moravia Tuesday Dec. 17, it was a game that they felt they could win. But three problems plagued the Sabers. Number one was that they didn’t get enough shots. Only 35 shots were taken.
Number two is that they made only eight shots. That is a paltry 23 percent.
Number three was that their ball handling point guard, Rylee Dunkin, was sidelined with a broken wrist. It is very difficult to win with all of that stacked against you.
A slow start complicated things for the Sabers as they did not score until they were 6:30 into the first period. A driving layup by Chloe Swank was the only points they scored in the first quarter. Moravia wasn’t exactly blowing the doors off either as the Mohawks had only 10 points.
The second quarter became more like a taffy pull as neither team found the range very often. Twin Cedars had a 6-4 edge in the second stanza, but Moravia had a 14-8 lead at intermission. Swank had another basket and Brooke Roby and Kaya Des Planque each scored in the second quarter.
The pace did not pick up much in the third period as Moravia used an 8-5 run to increase their lead to 22-13. Roby had a basket and a pair of free throws in that quarter.
The Mohawks pulled away with a 10-6 advantage in the final eight minutes to take a 32-19 win. Swank had all six of the TC points in the quarter.
“Only 19 points is not going to win much of anything,” Saber coach Trent Verwers lamented. “The defense played well and I will take 32 points from the defense any night. We are short handed. We miss our point guard and we have others dealing with sickness.”
Swank led the Sabers with 11 points and eight rebounds and Des Planque led the team in steals with three.
Twin Cedars scoring: Brooke Roby 2 2-5 6, Kaya Des Planque 1 0-2 2, Chloe Swank 5 1-4 11, Team 8 3-15 19, Three point goals – none.