Wildcats pounce in second quarter, handle Trojets by 26

JANESVILLE – A debilitating second quarter put the brakes on any dreams of upset for the Northeast Hamilton girls’ basketball team here Tuesday night.

Playing Iowa Star Conference heavyweight Janesville even through one quarter, the Trojets were outscored 20-3 in the 8 minutes just before the half, including 10-0 over the final three minutes of the second quarter, and they were never able to recover in a 61-35 loss to the Wildcats.

“If you take out three or four minutes, it’s probably a 10-point game,” NEH head coach Bret Schutt said. “I know that sounds strange, but it’s true.”

Janesville (15-3, 12-2 ISC) – winners of five straight – used twin towers Anna Backstrom and Sylvia Amlie to dissect the NEH defense. Both players finished with 12 points.

“Those two girls are probably right at 6-foot tall and they ran a high-low offense where they just threw it over the top of us,” Schutt said. “We battled and played hard, but we just couldn’t match their strength.”

Kendyl Sorge and Brittney Hanson both added 10 points for the Wildcats, who have conference losses to No. 8 Meskwaki Settlement and No. 9 Colo-NESCO. They shot 57 percent from the field as a team.

“They’ve got very good athletes and then they were so efficient on the offensive end,” Schutt said. “We just couldn’t match them.”

Molly Greenfield led NEH (4-12, 3-10 ISC) with 12 points. Kaylee Massman chipped in seven, and Jennifer Jeffers collected six points and three rebounds.

The Trojets will travel to Dunkerton to face the Red Raiders tonight.