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Mooseheart's Leslie Ballard (No. 1) passes the ball to teammate Hannah Tucker despite defensive pressure from IMSA’s Mallory Kameda in the Ramblers 38-16 defeat.
Mooseheart's Angelica Lamas dribbles past IMSA's Trennedy Kleczewski in the first half.
MOOSEHEART, IL Nov. 25 – There was a point on Monday when IMSA began to gain momentum and outdistance Mooseheart's girls basketball team in Monday's contest.
But it didn't happen in the low-scoring but competitive first quarter, at the end of which Mooseheart led 6-4. And it only started to happen in the second quarter, in which the Titans reeled off 13 straight points but only led 17-10 at halftime.
But in the third quarter, IMSA caught fire and Mooseheart went cold, and that trend continued throughout the second half as the visiting Titans defeated the Ramblers 38-16.
"In the first half, we played pretty decent," Mooseheart coach Bryan Miller said. "But this is really a tale of two halves. Our shooting woes got to us."
Abi Alade and Hannah Tucker each had four points in the first half for Mooseheart while Leslie Ballard contributed the team's other basket. Tucker, Kammie Kolb and Mamie Barley each scored two points in the third quarter before the Ramblers went ice cold in the fourth quarter, getting shut out 14-0.
"We didn't attack the basket," Miller said. "We kind of settled for jump shots and that put us in the hole there. Then we didn't pass the ball well tonight, which led to a lot of freebies for IMSA."
IMSA had a pair of players reach double-figures. Clarrisa Hardin and Amy DeLaTorre each scored 12 points for the Titans.
"We were definitely within shooting range of making the game more competitive than what the end result was," Miller said. "We gave ourselves a shot. But in the end, passing and rebounding – those were two things that we talked about at halftime and we didn't execute on those two aspects of the game at all in the second half."
In addition to leading the Ramblers with six points, Tucker contributed a hustling effort throughout the contest for Mooseheart, which fell to 0-4.
"She brings a lot of energy and upbeat attitude and enthusiasm to the game," Miller said. "She tries to get the game more exciting for us. We look for (Tucker) to bring some energy and some consistency to the game."
Mooseheart's next game is a 7 p.m. contest on Dec. 2 at Kirkland Hiawatha. Miller said his team has learned much through its opening quartet of games, and that learning curve will continue throughout the season.
"This is definitely a foundational season for the team," Miller said. "We want to hone in on the basics through every game and every practice of the season. When we master those, we’ll be more effective as a team."
IMSA 4 13 7 14 - 38
Mooseheart 6 4 6 0 - 16
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