The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 14, 2013

Basketball: Dry spell haunts Saints


Abby Herb, who led Mount Mercy with 15 points, scored a pair of buckets in the run, while Danielle Herdliska tossed in a 3-pointer.

The Saints, meanwhile, went 0-for-9 from the field four of those misses from 3-point range and committed four turnovers between baskets.

"It's hard to watch, it's hard to coach and it's hard to play when it doesn't go in," Kruger said. "I think maybe our movement wasn't bad, but we're not seeing the post-ups and the cuts."

The Saints still struggled on offense after Rear's 3-pointer with 9:30 left cut the gap to 33-24. Neither team scored for more than two minutes after that, then Ashford pulled within 33-26 on a pair of free throws by Elizabeth Nardi.

Mount Mercy scored the next four points before a jumper in the paint by Madison Wagner cut it to 37-28 with 5:36 left. Wagner led the Saints with 11 points. That was the last time the lead was in single digits, though, until Eida drained a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left for the final margin.

"We didn't quit," Kruger said. "I think we have enough talent to be successful, but we have to do it."


MOUNT MERCY (4-2) Carrie Wood 1-5 3-4 5, Amanda Frost 5-11 0-0 10, Callan Timms 0-3 3-4 3, Paige Last 0-2 0-0 0, Mackenzie Zeitler 2-3 2-2 6, Danielle Herdliska 1-2 4-4 7, Christa Oldham 1-4 4-6 6, Abby Herb 3-11 9-12 15, Demeka Words 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-43 25-32 52.

ASHFORD (1-4) Elizabeth Nardi 1-7 2-2 4, Quinn Rear 3-9 1-2 10, Sarah Vozel 0-4 0-0 0, Jessica Mlachnik 1-2 0-0 2, Madison Wagner 5-16 1-3 11, Jennifer Forge 2-6 3-4 7, Briaunna Guthrie 0-0 0-0 0, Genevieve Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Janell Anthony 1-1 0-0 2, Ieva Eida 2-7 2-2 8. Totals 15-53 9-13 44.

Halftime Mount Mercy 19, Ashford 18. 3-point goals Mount Mercy 1-7 (Herdliska 1-2, Herb 0-1, Timms 0-2, Last 0-2); Ashford 5-21 (Rear 3-6, Eida 2-6, Johnson 0-1, Wagner 0-8). Total fouls Mount Mercy 17, Ashford 25. Fouled out Words, Mlachnik, Anthony. Rebounds Mount Mercy 39 (Herb 8, Zeitler 8); Ashford 34 (Nardi 4, Rear 4, Wagner 4, Forge 4, Eida 4). Assists Mount Mercy 9 (Oldham 4); Ashford 9 (Wagner 5). Steals Mount Mercy 5 (Herb 2); Ashford 8 (Vozel 4). Blocked shots Mount Mercy 4 (Words 2); Ashford 2 (Forge, Eida). Turnovers Mount Mercy 18, Ashford 16.



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