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From the first minute of the game it looked like the matchup between Lone Tree and Iowa Mennonite would be a high-scoring, high-pace affair.
Lone Tree scored their first bucket of the game at the 7:29 mark of the first quarter but wouldn’t score again until the second quarter. By the end of the first quarter Iowa Mennonite led 22-2 and had put the game out of reach just eight minutes in.
“It’s a little surprising but I feel like if we play as well as we did that’s something that can happen,” Iowa Mennonite’s Cole Ours, who led the team with 14 points, said.
It just wasn’t Lone Tree’s night as the team went 11-49 from the field including 2-13 from behind the 3-point arc.
“I give all the credit to IMS,” Lone Tree coach Tom Squiers said. “Their pressure defense took us out of our offense, and our guys got frustrated.”
Iowa Mennonite won all four quarters of the game, extending their lead little by little as the night went on and finished the game with a 74-33 victory. A big part of that was the balance that Iowa Mennonite saw throughout the night. IMS had 13 players enter the game and 11 of them scored.
“We needed the energy, we didn’t have it in our first few preseason games, but we came out with that energy for the start so that was good,” Mitchell Schmieder said.
Schmieder, an IMS junior, said this was his first win over Lone Tree so the result feels pretty good.
“I was really expecting a close matchup but they really just seemed tired after their game last night. In the second half they just seemed tired and we took advantage of that,” he said.
One area Lone Tree had some success in was getting to the free-throw line as they shot 18 free throws compared to just seven free throws for IMS. Lone Tree ended up 9-18 from the free-throw line.
Moving forward Squiers said his team may look a little more towards playing a zone defense as he thought his team looked better in the zone than in man.
“We played a little zone tonight and I thought it slowed them down a little bit,” Squiers said. “I think we’re going to have to do something different defensively.”
He said the team’s lack of experience showed tonight but he’s confident they can bounce right back after starting the season 0-2.
“I think this is a team that after Christmas I think we’ll be okay, we’re just going to have to fight through some things right now,” Squiers said.
Lone Tree: 2;14;13;4; 33
Iowa Mennonite: 22;16;13;23;74
Brock Smith 8
Austin Marshek 8
Cole Ours 14
Mitchell Schmieder 13
Brock Smith 12
Casey Shalla 5
Keegan Edwards 5
Reggie Borntrager 6
Lone Tree gets first win of the season at L-M
Lone Tree got their first win of the season in a 66-47 victory over Louisa-Muscatine on Friday.
The nearly 20-point victory came with an offensive explosion from Brady Dauber, who had 25 points to lead Lone Tree. Keegan Edwards also added 14 points and six rebounds.