NFV too much for Warriors

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Jordan Everitt and Gabe Erickson defend the TigerHawks, who defeated Central 67-40 in Upper Iowa Conference action last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Parker Vaughn, who returned from injury last week, leads a fast break in Central’s game at NFV.

Dan McGreal pulls up for a three pointer in last week's game at NFV. He led Central with 20 points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

 

The Central boys basketball team’s struggles continued this past week, with a 67-40 loss against North Fayette Valley bringing the Warriors to 1-12 overall. 

 

The team was hit especially hard with sickness last week, forcing them to cancel the game against Waterloo Christian and postpone against Clayton Ridge. 

 

The Warriors were also down three regular role players against the TigerHawks, but coach Brady Stramer indicated good news is on the horizon, as several players are expected to return. Among them is freshman Vaughn Zittergruen, who has been unable to play all season but was just cleared to return, and senior Parker Vaughn, who missed the past month with a foot injury.

 

“We look forward to [Parker] giving us some extra scoring that we have struggled to find with him out [and] we expect to have…12 healthy players for the first time since the first week of the regular season. We are excited at the idea of having 12 healthy players, as it gives us a lot more options in both practices and in games,” Stramer commented.  

 

As for the game against NFV, the TigerHawks scored on their first three possessions and never looked back. As Stramer described the game, the TigerHawks were shooting well from the perimeter and the Warriors simply could not keep up with that offensive output, which included 54 shots and a 50 percent clip from the floor. The Warriors, on the other hand, took 48 shots and had a 35.4 shooting percentage. 

 

“When we were able to force missed shots on the defensive end, our inconsistent rebounding allowed them to get extra opportunities at scoring. Those were the two biggest reasons they were able to score 67 points,” Stramer said. “We know  we cannot give up that many points and remain competitive. We will focus on rebounding heavily in next week’s practice to hopefully improve in that area.”

 

But the Warriors did improve in one area: turnovers. In this game, they committed just 14, which is 10 fewer than their season average, and it came against a TigerHawk defense that was using extended court pressure and half court traps. Stramer indicated he was “very pleased with the improvement” the team showed in that facet of the game.  

 

Additionally, Stramer noted how the team’s offense was able to improve from period to period in scoring points. Central went from scoring six points in the first period to 10 in the second and 11 in the third, and finished the fourth period with 13. 

 

Dan McGreal once again led the team in scoring, with 20 points. He also had three rebounds, one assist and one steal. 

 

“He has shown consistent improvement throughout the season, while taking on a bigger and bigger role,” Stramer said of McGreal. 

 

As for the rest of the team, Corey Weber finished with eight points, while Tate Berns put up six, Parker Vaughn scored four and Seth Bena finished with two. 

 

As a team, the Warriors finished with 24 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals. 

 

Central will look to string a few wins together this week with a full, healthy roster that will have a three-game slate. In game one on Jan. 25, the Warriors take on Turkey Valley (6-7). They will then face Clayton Ridge (9-4) on Jan. 27, before playing South Winneshiek (7-6) Jan. 28.

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