CAMANCHE — It always feels good to get the first win of the postseason out of the way, and that’s what the Camanche Indians did Saturday with a 58-32 victory over West Liberty in the first round of regionals.
“It’s always a good thing,” Camanche Coach Brett DeNeve said. “We did a really nice job and I was happy with how we played. West Liberty played hard but we played harder and executed a lot of good things.”
The only negative thing to come out of the game may have been the injuries. DeNeve said while the team has avoided illness for the most part, it’s imperative to keep players healthy if they want a postseason run as the season end draws near.
“We had two injuries so that was different,” DeNeve said. “We did yoga last week and we’re trying to keep everybody as loose as we can.”
It was a physical game to say the least, with the Indians fighting for every loose ball the officials letting the girls play.
“Regionals let you go,” DeNeve said. “They don’t try to dictate the game.”
Camanche jumped to an early lead out of the gates, leading 13-4 in the first quarter. They quickly extended that to 20 by the halfway point of the second, and led the Comets 31-10 by the time the teams broke for the half.
A big thanks to their full court press. The Indians trapped the Comets hard on the sideline and gave West Liberty fits, holding them to just 10 points in the first half.
“We were trying to keep the ball out of [Macy] Ackers’ hands,” DeNeve said. Ackers led the Comets with 10 points. “She ended up with ten but a lot of points but a lot of them were at the end so I was happy with our effort.”
The Indians came out on a 11-1 run to start the third quarter, and led by 30 just four minutes into the second half.
Camanche put up some big numbers, too. Marly Bussa led the scoring with 15, draining four from beyond the arc, but also added four steals and three assists to her numbers. Lea Lefebure was close behind with 14 points and finished the night with a double-double after pulling down 16 boards. Lefebure also had six assists and six blocks.
Madi Parson was close to her own double-double. She put up 12 points and pulled in nine rebounds. She also had six assists, a block and two steals.
“Madi played great, Lea played great. That’s kind of how our team is built, it can go a lot of different ways,” DeNeve said.
The Indians go on to face Central Lee on Wednesday at Muscatine High School at 7:30 p.m.
Irish end season
WHEATLAND — The Prince of Peace girls wrapped up the 2017-2018 season without a notch in the win column with a 62-44 loss to Calamus Wheatland in the first round of the postseason on Saturday.
“It was a very competitive game,” Irish Head Coach Dave Nelson said. “We switched some things up, and unfortunately the outcome just wasn’t what we wanted.”
The Irish held the Warriors to just 23 points in the first half, only trailing by ten when halftime rolled around. Cal-Wheat outscored Prince of Peace 18-10 in the third quarter to extend their lead out. The Irish battled and kept pace with the Warriors in the fourth, both teams putting up 21 points, but the hole was too deep to dig out of.
Freshman Anabel Blount put up 28 points for the Irish, 17 of them in the second half. She shot 11-17 from the free-throw line. Freshman Isabel Hansen put up another eight points, draining two 3-point field goals. Paige Kuehl had five points, Emma Kuehl two, and Prince of Peace’s only senior Emma Kitteringham put in one free throw.