Tough competition at holiday tournament poses challenge for Scouts


Becca M.

Senior Ben D. drives into the lane, attempting to draw in defenders during the holiday tournament game against North Bend. The Tigers defeated the Scouts 50-46 on Dec. 29.

Becca M.

Over winter break, David City High School hosted the annual holiday basketball tournament on Dec. 29 and 30 featuring Aquinas, North Bend, Omaha Roncalli, and the Scouts. The girls and boys both placed fourth at the tournament.

Both the girls and boys lost in the first round when they played North Bend. The girls played a close game with senior Megan F. sending the game into a tie at halftime 17-17. The game stayed close until late in the fourth quarter when the Scouts were outscored to fall 35-44.  Megan F. led the team with 18 points.

“Playing them [North Bend] again was good because we knew how they played, but in the end, they worked harder in each play,” junior Macy G. said.

On the boys side against North Bend, the Scouts were defeated 46-50. Senior Jonah S. lead the Scouts scoring 20 points, along with senior Ben D scoring 17.

“In the second half, things did not go our way. We did make some plays that put the game in reach, but they hit a couple free throws to finalize the game by losing by four. The game could of gone both ways,” sophomore Ross K. said.

After the teams lost to the Tigers in the first round, they each got to play Aquinas after both Aquinas teams lost to Omaha Roncalli.

The lady Scouts went into the fourth quarter against Aquinas leading by 10, but the Monarchs came back to tie it at 43. The game went into overtime, and the Monarchs defeated the Scouts 57-56 for a third place finish. Megan F. led the team with 27 points scored, and senior Hope R. added 14.

“During the Aquinas game, I thought we played really well and deserved to win that game. Things just didn’t end up that way in the end,” Hope R. said. “It’s really disappointing to lose in general, but those types of losses really sting. However, that game really lit a fire under me to go and get another win to keep our record above .500.”

In the boys consolation game, the Scouts struggled early to put points on the board against Aquinas.The Monarchs led early in the first quarter, 25-12, while the Scouts had trouble defending their basket. The Scouts lost the game 47-73. Ben D. led the team with 20 points, and sophomore Matthew L. had 10.

“These two games were a learning lesson to me that even though you miss some shots, you have to forget about them and move on the the next and knock it down,” Ross K. said. “If you shoot 15 times and miss all, you have to know to be confident in yourself that the sixteenth one is going to go in.”

The lady Scouts are currently 5-4, and the boys team is 6-3. Both teams resume play at home on Friday, Jan. 9 against Twin River.