Lady Scouts dribble circles around Madison

Senior Ruth Behrens follows through on her second free throw shot. Throughout the season, the Scouts have improved their shooting percentage as a team.

Becca Meusch

The David City Scouts girls basketball team racked up their sixth win for the season against the Madison Dragons on Scout territory on Feb. 11 with a final score of 49-17.

Beginning the first quarter, the Scouts were down until they took advantage of all shooting and rebounding opportunities, pulling ahead to finish the quarter 10-3. The Scouts continued to push through the second quarter to end the first half with a 15-5 lead over the Dragons.

“The game started out a bit slow, but we picked up the pace in the second half and it was definitely one of our better games. We have improved a lot!” sophomore Olivia Couch said. “We took good shots, we played hard, and most of all, we played together. At this point in our season, we had to play our best ball.”

To start the second half, the Scouts scored right off the bat and increased the score to 17-5. With 6:22 left in the third quarter, the Scouts put up a three-pointer to boost their lead. David City was strong at both ends of the court and were forced to make outside shots due to Madison’s defense. To end the third quarter, the Scouts lead 39-8.

“We came out on fire, and Madison didn’t have a chance to come back! They packed things in the middle so we had to shoot from the outside, which we aren’t used to,” senior Ruth Behrens said. “Outside shots made us better for games to come!”

With seven minutes left in the game, the Dragons began to put more points on the board after they drove in for a basket followed by a steal from the Scouts. Proceeding the steal, Madison followed with a three-pointer to make the score 41-13 with less than five minutes left. The Lady Scouts pushed to keep the Dragons from scoring and concluded the game with a 49-17 victory.

“The Madison game was Senior Night and we have six seniors on the team. I told our five starters that Morgan Ruth, who hadn’t started a game all year, was going to start on Senior Night. Jesse Grotelueschen was the first one to volunteer to give up her spot so that Morgan could start in her spot,” Head Coach Nathan Wall said. “This is a complete selfless act and an act that I hope can start to become contagious within our program. That is how a positive culture is built.”

The Lady Scouts went on to play Columbus Lakeview on Feb. 15 in Subdistricts. With a 53-40 loss, the girls finished their season with a 6-16 record.