CAMANCHE — Even though the end result didn’t turn out the way the Camanche girls basketball team wanted it to, it can go into Friday’s game knowing how it started is what led it to a 37-32 overtime loss to Monticello on Tuesday night.
Camanche came back out of halftime scoring 11 and 12 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. However, finding ways to score in the first 16 minutes was difficult and frustrating.
The Indians had just three points at the half, scoring them all in the second quarter. There was only one made field goal by Julie Moore, followed by a free throw made by Kylie Vogel.
Camanche, which entered Tuesday’s game ranked 11th in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, created opportunities to score; the ball just wouldn’t go in.
“I give the girls credit for fighting back and trying to come back there, but the slow start killed us,” Camanche coach Danny Vogel said. “I don’t know why we started out that slow. I wish I knew, but I think they competed harder than we did in the first half.”
Coach Vogel said he didn’t have much to say during his halftime speech except to climb the ladder and catch up with the Panthers.
“I told them we couldn’t play any worse than we did, and that we were only down 10,” he said. “And they responded.”
Monticello had 13 first-half points despite having just six at the half, but Camanche held it to 15 in the third and fourth quarters.
“We had some great energy and fight in the second half, just didn’t come with it to start out,” Vogel said.
Camanche realizes how good it can be, but the girls themselves don’t know that they’re selected to be in the top of Class 3A by some.