Defensive breakdowns spoil Warrior girls’ effort
SAC CITY - The defense struggled once again on Monday night for the Alta-Aurelia girls. The Warriors gave up 70 points to East Sac County and dropped a 70-24 decision, but A-A Coach Adam Rapp did see a few things he liked.
“I liked the ball movement offensively tonight. We just weren’t able to get shots to fall,” he said. “The girls battled all game. Defensively we must continue to communicate on the floor. Looking forward to another opportunity to get better Saturday when tournament time starts.”
The Warrior offense failed to launch in the first quarter with a three-point effort as East Sac County jumped out to a 12 point lead, 15-3. A-A saw some improvement on offense in the second, but the defense gave up 26 points as they trailed by 28 at the break, 41-13.
The second half saw more of the same, A-A getting outscored by 12 points in the third to see their deficit hit 40 points going to the final frame, 55-15. The two teams played out the stretch until the final horn.
A-A junior Chloe Kruger had 11 points and swatted away six ESC shots. Freshman Maria Kueny added in nine points and hit both of her free throws. Freshman Jenna Nielsen had three points and was active on the glass with seven rebounds.
Alta-Aurelia went 7-of-41 from the floor and 4-of-14 from behind the arc. They hit on 6-of-10 at the free throw line. The Warriors had 19 rebounds, two assists, seven steals and six blocks.
The Warriors fall to 1-20 to conclude the regular season. They will be back in Sac City on Saturday night to once again face off against East Sac County, this time in 2A Regional play with tip-off set for 7 p.m.