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GILMAN – With a 43-14 defeat to Iroquois West Saturday, GCMS lost its 15th consecutive game.
“We’re just not playing very good ball right now,” GCMS head coach Kyle Bielfeldt said. “We’ve got to shore up offensively, take care of the ball better and play better defense. When you only score 14 points, you’re not going to win any ballgames. We’ve just got to take care of the ball.”
The Falcons (1-15) did not score its first point until about 3:30 remained in the first quarter, when Jessica Meyer tallied two points via field goal.
The field goal cut the Falcons’ lead to 6-2. It was also GCMS’s only scoring of the first quarter, as it went into the second quarter trailing 13-2.
The Falcons did not fare much better in the next three quarters, as they scored four points in the second quarter to go into halftime down 25-6.They scored five and three points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re taking care of the ball and being mentally tough on offense and physically tough on defense,” Bielfeldt said. “If we do those things, we’ll hopefully turn it around.”
Meanwhile, Morgan Small scored on a four-point play for Iroquois West during her team’s game-opening 6-0 run. She made a 3-pointer while getting fouled by LaToya Baillie.
Small connected on a three-point play – scoring through a foul by Meyer – to give the Raiders a 25-6 advantage with 20.9 seconds left in the second quarter. She nailed two 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 13 points.
“Defensively, we’ve just got to communicate better,” Bielfeldt said. “We’ve got to be tougher on the defensive end. We’re just not playing very tough. We’re not playing physically tough on defense and we’re not playing mentally tough on offense. If you do that, you’re not going to win.”
Elena Sanchez scored all seven of her points in the first quarter. Andrea Fuoss took over the scoring in the fourth quarter with six of her game-total eight points.
For GCMS, meanwhile, Katie Massey was the leading scorer. She came off the bench in the second quarter to score a bucket with less than six minutes remaining in the first half to cut the Falcons’ deficit to 13-4.
She made a couple of free throws in the third quarter and scored three points in the fourth quarter to finish the game with seven points.
Taylor Boma sank a 3-pointer in the third quarter to cut GCMS’s deficit to 33-11 for her lone three points. Meyer and Kayla O’Neal – who sank a field goal in the second quarter – each tallied two points.
Two days earlier, O’Neal scored a team-high seven points in GCMS’s 58-20 loss to Tremont.
The Falcons will go to El Paso Monday for a Heart of Illinois Conference matchup against El Paso-Gridley. They will host Heyworth Monday and Lexington Thursday.
Iroquois West 43, GCMS 14
Taylor Boma 1-0-3, Erin Tabor 0-0-0, Jessica Meyer 1-0-2, Annie Schultz 0-0-0, Blythe Borton 0-0-0, Hannah Kollorss 0-0-0, Emily Elder 0-0-0, Katie Massey 2-3-7, Beth Kauffman 0-0-0, Brianna Wall 0-0-0, LaToya Baillie 0-0-0, Jillian Donoho 0-0-0, Kayla O’Neal 1-0-2. Totals 5-3-14.
Morgan Small 4-2-13, Desiree Medina 0-0-0, Elena Sanchez 3-0-7, Skylar Small 1-1-3, Karrie Heideman 0-2-2, Taylor Cultra 2-1-5, Brittany Belik 0-0-0, Courtney Conrad 0-0-0, Ariel Medina 2-1-5, Korey Pence 0-0-0, Tegan Cash 0-0-0, Andrea Fuoss 3-2-8. Totals 15-8-43.
GCMS 2 4 5 3 -- 14
IROQUOIS WEST 13 12 8 10 -- 43
3-pointers – GCMS (Boma). Iroquois West 5 (M. Small 3, Sanchez, A. Medina).
Tremont 58, GCMS 20
GCMS (1-14, 0-6 HOIC)
Kayla O’Neal 7.
Tanner Garey 13, Haley Miller 11, Jillian Runyon 10, Amelia Glueck 10.
GCMS 12 8 -- 20
Tremont 30 28 -- 58