ALLEMAN — A slow start made things difficult for Prairie City-Monroe’s girls’ basketball team against Class 3A No. 1 North Polk on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs played very well through the final three quarters against the Comets, but a 24-6 first period helped send North Polk to a 52-33 victory at home during Heart of Iowa Conference action.
“They were beating us up and down the floor,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. “They took 14 shots inside the lane in the first quarter.”
After the first eight minutes, PCM was only outscored 28-27.
The Mustangs outscored the Comets (4-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference) 17-15 in the second half.
“We competed well after the first quarter,” Lindsay said. “We did a much better job getting back and defending. They played hard. It would have been easy to fold things up after that first quarter, but to their credit, they made some adjustments and showed a little grit.”
Junior Regan Freland led the Mustangs (2-3, 1-1) with 13 points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds.
Sophomore Celeste Wagaman added seven points and sophomore Lilli Baird tallied six points and two assists.
Sophomore Emma George finished with eight rebounds, two steals and two assists and junior Kate McCarthy collected seven rebounds and two assists.
“We have to find a way to put together a whole game,” Lindsay said.
“We’ll get better though because of the effort. We are making strides.”
In boys’ action, PCM rolled to a 78-52 win over North Polk. The Mustangs are now 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. North Polk fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the HOIC.
Official statistics for the boys’ game were unavailable at press time.