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December 11, 2013

Girls basketball: Queens' promising start sours

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“Our shots just weren’t falling tonight,” Wenzel said. “We were pounding it inside and trying to get the easy buckets, but things just weren’t falling. Tonight wasn’t our night.”

It was Bettendorf who ended up getting the easy buckets, whether it was through open shots from one of their top scorers or from a Clinton turnover when the River Queens tried to push too hard in an effort to overcome the massive deficit. The one thing that pleased Halac was that the River Queens kept fighting until the final whistle, even after losing senior guard Jordan Nelson to a leg injury in the third quarter.

“These girls want to succeed and play hard,” Halac said. “They want to do the right things, it’s just me doing a better job with X’s and O’s and getting them prepared. We had them scouted well, we thought, but we’ve got to do a better job as a coaching staff of getting ready.

“That second quarter just exploded, and it took the wind out of our sail.”

It left the River Queens more than eager to move past Tuesday night and shift their focus to their next league opportunity on Friday against North Scott. However, even as they turned their attention toward the Lancers, both Wenzel and Halac admitted that the River Queens will be motivated to redeem themselves in a month when they get another shot at Bettendorf.

“We always look one game at a time, but I don’t forget games like this,” Halac said. “We will be better prepared next time.”

BETTENDORF 80, CLINTON 36

CLINTON (1-4, 0-2) — Halle Davis 1 0-0 2, Erin Wenzel 5 1-4 11, Elle Tubbs 2 1-2 6, Jordan Nelson 1 2-5 4, McKenzie Petersen 4 4-6 13. Totals 13 8-17 36

BETTENDORF (3-1, 2-0) — Paige Wagner 2 0-0 4, Taylor Van Zuiden 3 0-0 6, Elizabeth Finn 9 1-1 22, Ally Scott 5 1-1 13, Emily Hatch 2 0-0 5, Kaley Sortillo 6 0-1 14, Ashton Glaus 4 6-8 14, DoniRae Mayhew 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 8-11 80.

Clinton 12 4 10 10 — 36

Bettendorf 18 29 24 9 — 80

3-point goals — Clinton 2 (Tubbs, Petersen), Bettendorf 8 (Finn 3, Scott 2, Sortillo 2, Hatch).

 

 

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