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PCM girls fall short against Hawks, end long skid against Nevada

MONROE — Regan Freland was held without a field goal for the first time in her career, and South Hamilton held the Mustangs’ top two scorers to seven points during a 50-47 road win over PCM’s girls’ basketball team during Heart of Iowa Conference play on Feb. 1.

Freland finished with five points but missed most of the third quarter with foul troubles.

PCM led 33-24 at halftime, but the Hawks took advantage of Freland being off the floor in the third quarter.

South Hamilton outscored the Mustangs 10-2 in the third to pull within one and then outscored PCM 16-12 in the fourth to ruin PCM’s Senior Night.

“We had opportunities but going nine minutes with only two points in the second half didn’t make things easy for us,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said.

PCM was 15-of-50 from the floor in the game and made only 13-of-22 from the free-throw line.

“If we shoot free throws a little better, that gives us a better opportunity to win. We also missed way too many shots as a team near the basket,” Lindsay said. “We have to be more explosive and a little more creative in the lane. They switched from a zone to a man early in the game and didn’t give us many opportunities from outside.”

The loss snapped a two-game win streak for PCM.

Celeste Wagaman led the Mustangs with eight points. Emma George, Camryn Wignall, Mack Bussan and Sierra Foster all scored six points and Freland and Kate McCarthy put in five for the Mustangs (8-11 overall, 6-7 in conference play).

Freland was held to 11 points under her season scoring average but did have eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. She picked up her fourth foul with six minutes to play in the third quarter and did not return until the fourth.

Bussan grabbed five rebounds and Wagaman finished with four boards.

“Other girls stepped up and scored more points than they typically do and that’s a positive to take away from the game,” Lindsay said. “I thought Celeste Wagaman played well and gave us a big lift off the bench.”

South Hamilton (7-11, 5-7) didn’t have a player average in double-figures coming into the game, but Rylee Woodall, Breanne Diersen and Sydney Friest all scored 12 points to lead the Hawks. It was South Hamilton’s third straight win.

Lexi Kuecker tied the game at 44-all with a 3-pointer with about three minutes to go in the game. The Mustangs didn’t score again until Freland made a pair of free throws to cut South Hamilton’s lead to 49-47 with 13.4 seconds to play.

Lindsay called a timeout with 10.5 seconds on the clock to set up a final possession with his team down two.

South Hamilton didn’t allow Freland to get the ball, but George had an open drive to the lane and an open shot from a few feet away but the ball bounced off the rim. The Hawks added a free throw in the final 3 seconds to win by three.

“We wanted the ball in Regan’s hands, but they weren’t allowing it,” Lindsay said. “We had a good shot. We just didn’t make it.”

PCM hosted Gilbert in Monroe on Feb. 5. The Mustangs open Class 3A regional tournament action against Albia at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 in Monroe.

PCM 37, Nevada 33, overtime

NEVADA — Nevada’s long winning streak against PCM ended on Feb. 4.

The Mustangs rallied from a 19-8 halftime deficit, forced overtime and then snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Cubs with a 37-33 overtime road victory during HOIC play.

The last win over the Cubs before Monday came on Jan. 6, 2012.

“They’ve been a tough team to beat the last several years,” Lindsay said. “The girls were focused on changing that tonight. We were resilient, and they got after it in the second half.”

Nevada led 11-6 after one and outscored the Mustangs 8-2 in the second. PCM scored 11 points in each of the next two quarters though to force overtime.

In the extra session, Baird hit a 3-pointer and delivered an assist to Bussan and Freland made a pair of free throws.

Baird scored six points in the game and they all came in the final minute of regulation and overtime. Baird’s trey with one minute to play tied the game at 30-all.

Freland finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Wignall chipped in nine points and three steals and Baird added six points, three rebounds and two assists.

Bussan scored four points and George tallied three points and two assists.

“It was good to bounce back after a tough loss to South Hamilton on Friday night,” Lindsay said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

PCM 43, Saydel 21

DES MOINES — PCM used big advantages of the second and fourth quarters to separate from Saydel on Jan. 31 during a Heart of Iowa Conference road game.

Freland scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds, had seven steals and dished out two assists in the Mustangs’ 43-21 road win.

“You don’t know what to expect when you don’t practice or play a game for five days,” Lindsay said. “But we ran the offense well, and the flow was good.

“Defensively, we were where I expected. We put forth real good effort.”

Baird scored all 10 of her points in the first half and also grabbed six rebounds and collected three steals.

Wignall finished with five rebounds and four assists, Wagaman tallied four rebounds and three steals and George chipped in four steals.

PCM swiped 20 steals in the win.

The Mustangs led 8-4 after one quarter but outscored the Eagles (1-17, 1-10) 11-2 in the second quarter and 11-4 in the fourth quarter to pull away.

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