By Zach James Herald Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — WILTON — After building a quarter of rapid momentum against a challenging team in Mediapolis, what happened at the end of the second quarter was something the Camanche Indians could not control.
Camanche fell one game short of reaching the Iowa girls basketball state tournament, falling to the Bullettes 48-30 on Saturday night.
The Indians scored nine points in the second quarter, which may not seem like much, but after starting the game with two field goals (both from Kylie Vogel), Camanche came out with strong defense and those nine points seemed as if the Indians could spoil Mediapolis’s chances off getting to Wells Fargo Arena.
The closest the Indians got to the Bullettes was 14-13 halfway through the second quarter.
Vogel had the ball with under 5 seconds remaining in the second quarter, seeking an opportunity to get a late basket and build more momentum heading to the locker room.
Vogel then shot the ball near half court, trying to force the Bullettes into an unnecessary foul. The whistle blew, and many in the gym thought the senior standout was heading to the free-throw line. The official closest to the play didn’t see it that way.
Vogel was charged with the offensive foul, which made anyone cheering on the Camanche blue red in the face.
“That was not an offensive foul,” Camanche coach Danny Vogel said. “Kylie should have been going to the free-throw line to be shooting three free throws there, which would have given us a little momentum. That call was a huge momentum swing. It hurt us.”
Despite that one play, it wasn’t the reason why Camanche lost. The Indians just couldn’t find the bottom of the basket.
Camanche hit 10 field goals in the game and went 7-for-18 from the free-throw line.
“We just didn’t make our shots, but we had our opportunities,” coach Vogel said. “I thought they played hard, but we just didn’t shoot it well. I thought the girls played extremely hard.”
Camanche scored 15 in each half, but the difference was Mediapolis posting 27 in the second half, including a run from the third quarter into the fourth
Camanche can say they’re the only team this season to hold Mediapolis, who entered Saturday night’s game scoring nearly 70 points a game, to fewer than 50 points.
The least Mediapolis before the Class 3A Region 6 final was 56 twice. Mount Pleasant did it in Mediapolis’s only loss this season on Jan. 18, then Winfield-Mount Union did the same (but lost) three nights later.
That doesn’t make the loss any easier for Camanche,and no easier for Vogel to say goodbye to his senior group of Wednesday night’s hero Brettan Hilgendorf, Libby Schnoor, Lindsey Grams, Julia Moore, Jordan Goldbeck, Morgan Peasley and last but not least, daughter Kylie.
“And can’t leave out my dad who has taught me everything I know about basketball and coached us since third grade! Love you so much dad,” Kylie posted on Twitter following the game.
Kylie Vogel had a team-high 12 points in the season finale, giving her 994 in four seasons at the varsity level.
“I can’t be more proud of my seniors; they’ve done a great job,” coach Vogel said. “They’re a great bunch of young ladies who I know will be successful in everything they do.”
Camanche ended the season averaging 41 points a game and shooting 34 percent from the field and just under 50 percent from the free-throw line.
MEDIAPOLIS 48, CAMANCHE 30
CAMANCHE (16-8) — Kylie Vogel 3 3-5 12, Jordan Nissen 0 0-0 0, Brettan Hilgendorf 1 2-6 4, Libby Schnoor 6 0-3 12, Lindsey Grams 0 0-0 0, Julia Moore 0 2-4 2, Maddie Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 7-18 30.
MEDIAPOLIS (23-1) — Darby Massner 1 8-8 11, Abby Eberhardt 0 0-0 0, Ashley Hedges 5 2-3 14, Allie Massner 0 0-0 0, Rachel Holsteen 3 1-2 7, Andrea Larson 4 3-4 11, Heidi Hillyard 2 1-2 5. Totals: 15 15-19 48.
Camanche 6 9 4 11 — 30
Mediapolis 10 11 10 17 — 48
3-point goals — Camanche 3 (Vogel 3), Mediapolis 3 (Hedges 2, Massner). Total fouls — Camanche 19, Mediapolis 18. Technical fouls — Camanche bench. Fouled out — Moore.