TAMA — No matter whether it was on offense or defense, the 4A No. 11 Central DeWitt girls basketball team dominated its season opener with South Tama Tuesday.
The Sabers knocked down over 60 percent of their two-point attempts and buried seven three-pointers against the Trojans.
The Central defense was even better, coming up with 22 steals and limiting South Tama to just one field goal over the first three quarters of an 83-16 rout.
The Sabers’ scored the game’s first 12 points and never looked back, limiting their hosts to just a pair of free throws in the opening quarter.
The margin continued to grow as Central limited South Tama to two more points in the second quarter, while scoring a game-high 26 points itself.
The defense continued to lock down on the Trojans in the third quarter, holding them to just four shot attempts over the eight minutes (South Tama committed 38 turnovers).
Both offenses came alive in the fourth quarter, combining for 25 points, but, by then, the Sabers’ damage had been done, as Central rolled to an opening-game victory.
Twelve different Sabers scored in the game, led by sophomore Taylor Veach, who shot 9-of-13 from the field en route to 21 points.
Fellow sophomore Allie Meadows joined her in double-figures with 13 points, while Talbot Kinney had 11 points and matched Grace Pierce (six points) for the team-lead with four assists.
Madi McAvan chipped in seven points, while Carleigh Jefford joined Pierce with six.
Five Sabers — Samantha Zeimet, Pierce, Kinney, Veach and Kathryn Grau — all pulled down four rebounds, while Natalie Butler led the Sabers with four steals (Jefford, Lauren Cooper and Pierce all had three).