The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 15, 2014

UPDATE: Central DeWitt Sabers fall 67-57 at state tournament


The Sabers will be going at it again against the Dubuque Wahlert Golden Eagles.

The two met on Jan. 4 in a game that saw its ups and downs for each team. DeWitt lost the game at home to Wahlert, 54-47.

DeWitt scored just nine points in the first quarter, and scored no more than 15 points in any of the periods.

Bauer scored 21 points in that game on 7 of 14 shooting that included hitting four 3-pointers. Bauer is the state tournament's leading scorer in Class 3A averaging 21.5 points a game.

When asked about what Steffens remembered from the Jan. 4 loss, his answer was cut to the point.

"I remember losing," Steffens said matter-of-factly.

Bauer recalls the Golden Eagles were not sporting good sportsmanship on the floor.

"They talked a lot," he said. "Now, we're ready to shut them up, and that's what we're going to work for. We want this rematch, so we're ready to see what we need to do."

Steffens believes defense needs to be stronger than in the loss to make sure the Sabers don't become the runner-up.

"We have to pick it up more defensively, and be more patient on offense and work the ball more," Steffens said.

Now, the two will be battling it out on the biggest stage in Iowa high school hoops.

"This is big for our school, for our community, and obviously for this basketball team," Sabers coach Jeff Frick said. "Wahlert is an excellent, excellent team; they've got inside and outside.

"That game happened awhile ago, though, and we're a different team and I'm sure they're a different team," Frick said.

Cordell Pemsl is the big guy that the Sabers will have to hone in on. Pemsl stands at 6-foot-7, wears No. 40, and used his size on Harlan on Thursday to haul in a 14-point, 11 rebound double-double. In the Golden Eagles quarterfinal win, Pemsl had eight points and three rebounds.

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