The Thunder Mountain High School girl’s basketball team out-scored their hosts 54-45 the final three quarters of play at Aurora Conference power Delta Junction on Wednesday night. Unfortunately the Falcons scored just six points to the Huskies 19 in the opening stanza.
“It was that first quarter again,” TMHS coach Tanya Nizich said. “That was the problem right there. We got off to a slow start and had to play catch up the rest of the game, and then just exchanging baskets.”
It was the coach’s daughter who did the damage.
Huskies head coach Bruce Reiter’s favorite guard Jess Reiter poured in four shots from beyond the arch in the first quarter for 12 of her game-high 28 points.
“It just comes down to being ready,” Nizich said. “I believe the first quarter energy level defines the outcome of a game.”
TMHS’ Noe Maka and Shayla Reeves tallied the lone points in the first period.
The Falcons’ Ashley Young scored six of her team-high 14 points in the second quarter and Ava Tompkins four of her 12 team points to help outscore Delta 17-10 and trail by just six at the half, 29-23.
Both teams went on a scoring binge to start the third period as each team tallied 22 points. Young went off for six and Sarah Morris his six of her 12 game points in the period.
TMHS trailed 51-45 starting the final quarter of play. Jonelle Staveland buried a deep three and one from a few steps closer to score five of her 10 game points but time ran out on the Falcons’ comeback clock.
“We just couldn’t get a couple stops in a row to get ahead,” Nizich said. “There is nothing wrong with our offense, it was more so stopping a certain individual (Reiter) on defense. That kid could shoot. We just didn’t defend, rebound or block out.”
Maka added four points for the Falcons, Michaela Demmert and Eyerus Tingley three, and Reeves two.
TMHS hit 8-14 at the charity stripe, Delta went 10-14.
After Reiter’s 28 points, Diana Linnik added 14, Beth Hanson 12, Raychel Rivera nine and Amber Mitchell one.
Falcons’ boys top Delta 73-54
“We were consistent with our scoring ,” TMHS boy’s coach John Blasco said. “They hung tight with us early but we slowed them
Sam Jahn led the Falcons with 18 points, Ben Jahn and Mike Uddipa had 15 apiece. Rohan Kishore scored his first varsity points, making two free throws after being fouled on a layup.
“I am definitely happy with the win,” Blasco said. “Especially with the long day of travel we had
The Falcons boys and girls play North Pole tonight.