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DC snaps 5-game losing streak

January 24, 2019

The David City and Shelby-Rising City girls basketball teams were both looking for a fourth win of the season when the two teams faced off on Jan. 15

It was a close game that came down to the very end, but it was David City which came away with a 36-27 victory.

“It’s hard to win games at the varsity level,” said David City head coach Nathan Wall. “It’s not anything that should ever be taken for granted.

“We’ve had a couple slip away that we should have won. I think those close losses, like the Raymond Central and Malcolm on Saturday, helped us finish this one off.”

The Scouts started off hot when freshman Neely Behrns finished a layup less than 10 seconds into the game. A minute later she connected on two free throws.

Sophomore Lauren Vandenberg made another free throw to give David City a 5-0 lead two minutes into the game.

“It just feels amazing,” Vandenberg said. “We’ve been putting in so much work and so many new things during practice. Everything just came together. We worked as a team.”

The first quarter continued to be somewhat of a struggle for the Huskies as David City had a 6-0 run and another 5-0 run for a 18-7 lead after eight minutes.

Shelby-Rising City struck back in the second quarter.

With four minutes left, Husky Kamryn Pokorney finished a layup which started a 8-0 for Shelby-Rising City highlighted by a 3-point shot from Jamie Hopwood.

Despite the run, David City still controlled a 23-17 lead at halftime.

The Huskies trimmed the lead down to two to start the second half as Allie Neujahr made two free throws and Pokorney knocked down a jumper.

David City went on one of the largest run of the game though, stringing together eight straight points.

It started when Emily Johnson knocked down a shot with just over three minutes left in the third. Johnson then connected on a layup a little over a minute later.

Lauren Vandenberg found a way to score down low again and Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in the quarter to give David City a 31-21 lead.

″(Emily Johnson) started her first career game last Saturday against Malcolm and her six points in this third quarter were huge,” Wall said.

David City was content to slow the game down and look for the best possible shot in the fourth quarter.

“We we’re playing for a really good shot,” Wall said. “We were okay with passing the ball around to get a really good shot. (S-RC) sat back in that zone and we were able to work the ball around.”

After nearly four scoreless minutes, Payton Andel created a layup.

The Huskies responded with a layup of their own just seconds later from Hopwood.

Stephanie Smith cut to the basket after another long DC possession to narrow the lead to 33-25 with just under three minutes left in the game.

Andel and Macy Svoboda laid the game to rest going 3 for 4 from the free throw line to seal the victory.

“There were a couple plays there where we missed two or three open layups,” said Shelby-Rising City head coach Turner Trofholz. “We could have cut into the lead, but then they went down and scored off of it. Instead of being down four, we’re down eight. There was a couple wide open layups we missed.”

Behrns led David City with nine points. Pokorney scored a team-high nine points for the Huskies.

“Nelly (Behrns), although a freshman, has been our manager the last three years,” Wall said. “She’s been around our team and is wise beyond her years. She knows what it takes to be a varsity basketball player. She’s turned into our best defender that if we need someone stopped, Nelly is going to get the job done.”

Vandenberg scored eight points for the Scouts.

“Lauren (Vandenberg) is a fierce competitor,” Wall said. “She started every game but one last year as a freshman. She’s been through these games before. She knows what it takes to finish off a varsity game. She plays great defense and is a tremendous rebounder.”

Vanderberg is averaging nearly 10 points a game thus far in the season.

“It’s not just always one person,” she said. “We’re involving everyone on the team. Getting it inside makes me feel like I’m a huge part and everyone else is a huge part.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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