The Twin Cedars Lady Sabers varsity basketball team played on the grand stage of Wells Fargo Arena Saturday, Jan. 4, but fell short against Interstate 35 by a score of 50-31.
The Sabers jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, with the first quarter ending 9-6. Part of the credit goes to Jenna Hastings who got an early three-pointer for Twin Cedars.
In the second, the Sabers struggled to find the basket while the Roadrunners found its outside game. Interstate 35 really took control and struggled to answer the press, according to Coach Trent Verwers.
At halftime, the Roadrunners were up 30-17. The Sabers were limited to just two points in the third quarter against a swarming I-35 defense. I-35’s lead was 40-19 at the end of three.
The fourth quarter was better for the Sabers, as they were able to score 12. Alas, the lead was too great and the Roadrunners won 50-31.
“Credit to I-35, they made their shots when they were open,” Verwers said. “Still giving up too many offensive rebounds, second chance points and letting their good shooters shoot wide open threes was the difference.” The Sabers are now 1-9 on the season.
Chloe Swank led the Sabers with 13 points, followed by Hastings and Kaya DesPlanque with five each and Brooke Roby with four. Roby led with eight rebounds, followed by Hastings with seven. Swank had three assists and three steals.
The Sabers will be at home Tuesday night (Jan. 7) to take on Lamoni, with two more home games coming up.