CAMANCHE – The Camanche girls had no problem handling the Fulton Steamers, whose scoring problems continued Saturday afternoon in a 68-23 non-conference girls basketball loss.
“Four games this week, there was no time to prepare and I didn’t know what to expect,” Fulton Coach Mike Menchaca said. “They can shoot, they’re a good passing team, they see the floor well and we were tired within the first few minutes, and from there the floodgates opened.”
Fulton has been holding teams under 40 points all year but had trouble stopping the Camanche ballhandlers.
“They did a good job of driving and getting in the lane, and it hurt because our closeouts were late,” Menchaca said. “They’d find the open kid after just a few dribbles. We know we have to get better at our man (defense), and we’ve been trying. We finally faced a team who could beat us off the dribble, so we know we have to work on walling them up a little better.”
The Steamers have struggled on the offensive end all season but got the ball into center Emily Schipper quite a bit. Schipper led the offense with 11 points.
“Finally,” Menchaca said about the touches in the lane. “We don’t get to see much man so we were able to get the ball inside to Emily, give her a little confidence shot-wise. Now that they can see that, I hope it helps us going into the rest of conference.”
Camanche was coming off of a big win Friday night at West Liberty, where the Indians dropped 19 3-point field goals.
“Last night was hot with 19 threes, and we had four today,” Camanche Coach Brett DeNeve said. “That’s kind of how basketball works, but they were covering the perimeter pretty well. The girls did a nice job of not forcing threes, and instead we attacked.”
The inside game for the Indians helped them pull out to such a large lead. Forward Madi Parson, who averages about seven points a game, had a team-high 19 points. Of those, 15 came in the first half when the Indians took a commanding 50-9 lead.
“She is so athletic. We are so fortunate to have such an athletic body,” DeNeve said. “We really played as a team. Marly (Bussa) had 23 last night ,then today it was someone else’s night. As long as we’re all accepting of someone else’s night, it could be anyone’s. I love where we’re at.”
Parson also leads the team in rebounding on the season, and she had 10 on Saturday. She barely missed a triple-double by making nine steals.
Bussa added 15 to the offensive mix, and Lea Lefebure had 11. In the end, 10 players put points on the board for Camanche.
The Indians also went to the line for 28 free throws, making 16.
“I think the girls learned that if their shot isn’t going they can attack the basket,” DeNeve said.
For Fulton, Schipper led with 11 and Rylee Leitzen and Kearston Norman each had four. The Steamers were 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
“We played two really physical games this week, but we told the girls that we have to work on something when we’re down this much,” Menchaca said. “I think we just kind of forget about this one and get back into conference play this week.”
The Steamers are right back on the court tonight with a game at rival Morrison.
CAMANCHE 68, FULTON 23
FULTON (10-15) — Rylee Leitzen 2 0-0 4, Brooke Huizenga 0 0-0 0, Emily Schipper 3 5-5 11, Racheal Huizenga 0 0-2 0, Abby Willging 0 0-0 0, Liz Fish 1 0-0 3, Chloe Lindeman 0 1-2 1, Kylee Sweenie 0 0-0 0, Kearston Norman 2 0-0 4, Kearra Kohrt 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 6-9 23.
CAMANCHE (13-4) — Lea Lefebure 4 3-3 11, Cam Carstensen 2 0-0 4, Maddie Michels 0 0-0 0, Madi Parson 9 1-4 19, Sami Puckett 2 3-7 8, Hanna Nissen 0 1-2 1, Marly Bussa 4 5-6 15, Emily McElroy 1 1-4 3, Paige Waltz 0 0-0 0, Alexandra Nielsen 1 0-0 3, Kam Vogel 1 0-0 2, Emy Seeser 0 0-0 0, Erin Short 0 2-2 2. Totals 24 16-28 68.
Fulton 5 4 6 8 — 23
Camanche 20 20 18 10 — 68
3-point goals — Fulton 1 (Fish); Camanche 4 (Bussa 2, Puckett, Nielsen). Total fouls — Fulton 20, Camanche 9. Fouled out — Schipper.