Wildcats play five games, win three


Girls basketball

     A busy stretch of five games in 12 days resulted in three wins for the Maquoketa Valley girls basketball team.

     Maquoketa Valley (2-1, 6-2) suffered its first loss of the season in a Dec. 4 game at Bellevue Marquette, by a score of 77-64. The loss came despite a 40-point performance from senior Sam Wall, who shot 7-for-14 from three-point range, 13-for-27 overall, and was 7-for-9 from the free throw line.

     “We did not play well at all in this game, and that starts with me,” Maquoketa Valley coach Scot Moenck said. “We have to be better defensively. We gave up a lot of dribble drives.”

     Marquette’s 18-7 second quarter advantage resulted in a 33-21 halftime lead, and the Wildcats were unable to catch up. Ella Imler had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals for MV. Maddy Anderegg and Emerson Whittenbaugh had three steals apiece, and Whittenbaugh blocked two shots.

     The Wildcats bounced back with a 73-14 home win over Cedar Valley Christian Dec. 7. MV outscored CVC 22-0 in the first quarter, and led 35-7 at halftime. Wall had 22 points, five assists and four steals. Anderegg scored 12 points, and Whittenbaugh had 10. Maci Freiburger and Whittenbauch had seven rebounds apiece. Carissa Sabers had two blocks.

     “I was pleased with the tempo of this game,” Moenck said. “We were a lot better on the defensive side.”

     On Dec. 8, the Wildcats scored a 76-37 win at Lisbon. MV led 38-17 at halftime, then outscored the Lions 24-7 in the third quarter. Imler led the way with 18 points. Whittenbaugh had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Anderegg and Wall scored 10 points apiece. Taya Tucker had seven steals.

     “It was good for us to get a ‘W’ on the road,” the coach said. “We really came out and played hard. We had 12 kids score in the Lisbon game.”

     The Wildcats picked up another win Dec. 11 at East Buchanan, by a score of 58-40. Wall scored 25 points in that one, while Anderegg had eight, Whittenbaugh added seven and Imler scored six.

     “I felt we were really aggressive to the basket and didn’t settle for jump shots,” Moenck said.

     At home against North Linn Dec. 14, MV lost 69-52. Wall had 15 points, Whittenbaugh scored 12, Imler had 10, and Brooke Wilson had six.     


Boys basketball

     Maquoketa Valley rallied from a nine-point deficit, outscoring Lisbon 20-8 in the fourth quarter, to emerge with a 50-47 win Dec. 8 at Lisbon.

     “This game was a great example of the character of our team,” Maquoketa Valley coach Eric Conner said. “We didn’t play our best basketball for the first three quarters. We just really buckled down defensively in the fourth. We had some seniors step up and hit big shots when we needed them to.”

     Andrew Holtz led the Wildcats with 18 points, shooting 8-for-15 from the field, and was tops on the team in assists with five and in steals with four. A.J. Ambundo scored 13 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range. Ambundo also had a team-high six rebounds. Brian Heims added nine points, and Blake Becker had seven.

     The Wildcats pulled out another narrow win Dec. 11 at East Buchanan, 47-44. This time, MV led 33-26 heading into the fourth quarter and had to fight off a rally.

     Heims had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Ambundo had 12 points and Holtz added 11. Mason Lubben and Holtz had two assists apiece.



     It was a three-meet week last week for the Maquoketa Valley wrestling team.

     The Wildcats opened the week with a double dual meet at North Fayette Valley Dec. 11. MV lost to New Hampton/Turkey Valley 73-3, and to North Fayette Valley 57-15.

     “We had some guys that took a couple steps forward from the week before,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “Hopefully we can get the other guys healthy and going in the right direction sooner than later.”

     Michael Schaul won both of his matches by decision at 126 pounds. Michael Feldmann scored a pin at 220 in the NFV match.

     On Dec. 13, the Wildcats traveled to Arlington for a double dual meet at Starmont. MV defeated Starmont 54-30, and lost to North Linn 42-12. Due to forfeits, there were very few individual matches contested; all of Maquoketa Valley’s match wins were by forfeit.

     At the North Linn tournament Dec. 15, Feldmann finished third at 220 pounds, and Schaul was fourth at 126.

     “I am proud of the way the guys competing represented Maquoketa Valley on Thursday and Saturday,” Andrews said. “The guys and coaches alike are looking forward to getting some guys back in the lineup as we move toward the second half of the season.”



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