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2/27/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Win over Maquoketa highlights finish for Saber girls JV

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A strong effort against its rival to the north gave the Central girls junior varsity basketball team one final victory before the Sabers concluded their 2012-13 season.

Defense again was key for the Sabers, who downed the Cardinals 18-16 in their first meeting this season.

Central broke open a tight game in the second quarter and then clamped down on the defensive end in the second half to notch a 28-18 win.

The two teams were tied at 4-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Saber offense got rolling in the second quarter with a game-high 12 points and Central went into the break up six (16-10).

The Sabers added two points to their lead in the third quarter (Central outscored Maquoketa 7-5) and then held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly the entire fourth quarter to wrap up the win.

Three players accounted for 25 of the Sabers' 28 points with Brittany McNamara leading the way with 10.

Callaway Kinney added eight points of her own with all of them coming at the free throw line, while Emily Burke had seven points to go with nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

Victoria Gaston grabbed seven rebounds with Jessica Gilbert and Kinney each grabbing six. McNamara had four steals in the game, while Kinney and Sarah Schoel had three apiece and Jessica Machovec two.

The victory snapped a five-game skid for the Sabers, who played three of those games on the road.

The toughest defeat to swallow came in Central's trip to Anamosa as the Sabers surged back after trailing by 12 at halftime, but could not get those tying points against the Blue Raiders in a 24-22 loss.

The two teams were locked in a close game early and Anamosa led by just four (after hitting a three at the buzzer) after a quarter.

The Sabers, though, were held scoreless throughout the second quarter, which allowed the Blue Raiders to build an 18-6 lead as the first half came to a close.

The third quarter also favored one team, but this time it was the Sabers as Central got its offense on track and got back in the game with a 10-2 advantage in the period.

Things slowed in the fourth quarter, but again the Sabers outscored the Blue Raiders. Unfortunately, two chances to tie the game in the final minute went awry and Anamosa hung on for the win.

McNamara paced the Sabers with eight points to go with five steals and two assists, while Burke scored six points of her own and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Gaston and Schoel both had four points with Machovec adding four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Three days before their game with Anamosa, the Sabers hit the road for a non-conference tilt with North Scott.

Central trailed by just a single point after a quarter and were still on the Lancers' tail late in the second period when North Scott's pressure defense wreaked enough havoc to extend the lead to 20-11 at the break.

The Saber defense locked down on the Lancers in the second half, but the Central offense faced similar problems against their North Scott counterparts, and the Lancers held on for a 34-22 win.

Schoel led the Sabers with six points with Machovec, Hailey Saunders and Allison Keitel all scoring four. Burke had seven rebounds, while Gaston had four.

Another big second quarter proved to be Central's downfall in a home game against Solon as the Spartans exploded for 22 points in the stanza to break a 9-9 tie.

Solon cruised from there as they held Central to just five points over the final three quarters in a 54-14 victory.

McNamara had a team-high five points and two steals, while Burke grabbed seven rebounds and Schoel five.

Central made sure a similar fate would not befall them during a road game with Western Dubuque, as this time it was the Sabers who created some separation in the second quarter.

Central used some strong defense to build a 5-2 lead after a quarter before turning things over to its offense in the second period.

The Sabers responded with 14 points during the period to extend the lead to seven at the half.

The second half, though, belonged to the Bobcats as Western Dubuque kept the Saber offense at bay with a switch to a zone defense.

The Bobcat offense, meanwhile, began to find some holes in the Sabers' defense.

The result was a 29-7 Western Dubuque advantage over the final two quarters that gave the Bobcats a 41-26 win.

Kinney led the way for the Sabers with nine points, four rebounds and three steals, while McNamara had six points and two steals.

Burke and Gilbert both notched five boards with Gaston grabbing four rebounds and Machovec handing out two assists.

The Sabers finished off their season with a home battle against Mount Vernon.

The two teams were locked in a tight struggle until a scoring drought by the Sabers midway through the second half gave the Mustangs an opening they exploited for a 35-29 win.

Central jumped out to a 7-4 lead after a quarter and the Sabers had a chance to create some separation up six late in the second quarter.

The Mustangs, though, scored the final four points of the period to pull within two (18-616) at halftime.

The two teams stayed close in the third quarter, but the Sabers' offensive funk late in the period allowed Mount Vernon to take a two-point lead into the fourth.

The Sabers still had trouble scoring and the Mustangs' lead grew before Central made a late surge.

The comeback, though, came up short and Mount Vernon wrapped up the win.

Kinney poured in a team-high nine points with six rebounds and two steals, while McNamara had seven points, four boards and four steals of her own.

Gilbert led the team with 10 rebounds and added two steals with Gaston chipping in six rebounds and Burke five. Machovec, meanwhile, had three steals and handed out two assists.

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