The David City girls basketball team has brought some youth to the court for 2017-18. The Scouts showed some scoring progress but still began the season 0-2.
The Scouts fell in its season opener to Centennial Nov. 30 in David City. The Broncos defeated the Scouts in a physical battle, 59-44. On Dec. 2, the Scouts fell 49-24 at Sandy Creek.
Against the Broncos, the first half was closely contested, as the teams traded the lead.
Centennial jumped out to a 14-7 lead. David City freshman Lauren Vandenberg got the Scouts back in the game with five of her team leading 13 points. The Scouts trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.
David City’s bench was issued a technical foul for failing to report to the scoring table. Centennial’s Brooklyn Gierhan sank the free throw and Centennial led 15-11.
Later in the second, Jessica Knopp hit a three pointer to give the Scouts their first lead at 20-19 with 5:25 in the second quarter.
After an entrance pass from Jessica Knopp, Lauren Vandenberg drove for a layup as she was fouled with 3:49 in the second quarter. Vandenberg made the free throw to give David City the 24-23 lead.
Kate Hirschfeld hit a bucket with under a minute left to give the Broncos the 33-31 halftime lead.
Early in the third quarter David City lost Vandenberg to an injury. With her out, Centennial had a size advantage.
Hirschfeld and Lilly Cast sparked 9-0 Bronco run to start the third quarter. Macy Svoboda’s layup with 3:05 remaining pulled David City back to within seven at 42-35. David City was outscored 14-8 in the third quarter and trailed 47-39 going into the fourth.
The Scouts failed to convert from the foul line. Centennial held David City to five fourth-quarter points to seal the win.
Chaquoya Givens helped Vandenberg with 10 points.
Against Sandy Creek, the Scouts struggled to counter the Cougars 30-point first half production.
The Scouts fell 49-24, with Chaquoya Givens leading with seven points. Svoboda added six.
"We really struggled defensively in this game as this game proved to us that we need to get a lot better on the defensive side of things," DC coach Nathan Wall said. "We are looking forward to getting back to work this week."
David City travels to Geneva on Saturday to play Filmore Central, (0-2), who dropped close games to Milford and Fairbury to start the season. Clarkson-Leigh(1-1) comes to David City on Dec. 12, and Schuyler(0-1) visits on Dec. 15.
November 30 at David City
David City (0-1)- 11, 20, 8, 5
Centennial(1-0)- 14, 19, 14, 12
DC: Vandenber-13, Givens-10, Svoboda-4, Knopp-4,
Hirschfeld- 15, Gierhan-15, Hartshorn-7, Dey-5
December 2 at Sandy Creek
Sandy Creek 49 David City 24
David City (0-2) 6 4 6 8 – 24
Sandy Creek (0-3)30 0 8 11 – 49
DC: Givens 7, Svoboda 6, Vandenberg 4, Backstrom, Couch 3,
Three pointers: Backstrom 1