Maquoketa Valley’s girls’ basketball program continued their so-far undefeated season last week with wins over Bellevue Marquette and Cedar Valley Christian.
The Wildcats earned a 53-38 victory over Marquette, Dec. 10 at home.
The Mohawks earned a 14-10 first-quarter edge, but it was all MV the rest of the game. The Wildcats bettered Marquette, 16-10, in the second quarter to take a 26-24 halftime lead. MV outscored Marquette, 14-9, in the third and 13-5 in the fourth to seal the win.
MV’s statistical leaders were: scoring — Ella Imler 26, Taya Tucker 13, Carissa Sabers and Brooke Elgin five, Trista Elgin three and Anna Deutmeyer one; rebounds — Brooke Elgin seven, Tucker, Sabers and Imler five; assist — Brooke Elgin seven and Imler five; steals — Tucker two; blocks — Tucker one.
MV closed out the week at Springville with a 58-15 victory over Cedar Valley Christian.
The Wildcats showed off their defensive prowess as they held CVC to single digits in each quarter. MV jumped out to a 26-4 first-quarter lead and extended that to 36-6 at halftime. MV edged ahead by outscoring CVC, 15-7, in the third and 7-2 in the fourth for the win.
“I was very pleased with how are kids came out ready to play. We got a nice lead early in the game. I felt our energy on defense is was what I was most pleased with,” coach Scot Moenck said. “We still need to pay attention to the fundamentals of the game. We often struggle in games and practice we lose sight of those small details. We need to do a better job of being able to run fluent offense to get better shots. At times throughout the game we get in a hurry and rush shots. We also need to do a better job of finishing around the bucket.
“The last few games we have left a lot of points on the floor. With that being said, I am very proud of this team and all the adversity they have gone through this season they have handled everything like true champions! They honestly just keep grinding away. That truly says a lot about the type of kids that they are. We have two very tough games to finish out before break,” he concluded.
Leading MV were: scoring — Imler 20, Tucker 18, Brooke Elgin four and Sabers three; rebounds — Tucker seven, Imler six, Brooke Elgin four and Sabers three; steals — Tucker eight, Sabers four, Imler three and Brooke Elgin two; assists — Tucker four and Imler three.