The David City girls basketball team showed it could fight before dropping a home conference game to Milford Jan.6. The Eagles built a big third quarter lead before outlasting the Scouts 58-51.

“Milford is a very talented squad, and we gave them all they wanted with us being in the game to the very end,” David City coach Nathan Wall said. “We played our best game of the year so far.”

Tyra Aschoff’s layup and free throw gave Milford the lead at 3-0 and Sydney Bontrager’s basket made it 5-0.

David City’s Chaquoya Givens responded with a layup and foul. After the made free throw the Scouts trailed 5-3.

Milford came back with a jump shot by Nevaeh Stauffer. Hannah Kepler’s three-pointer up top stretched the Eagles lead to 12-7.

David City ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run, behind a three-pointer by Renee Backstrom and a layup by Macy Svoboda.

Heading to the second quarter the score was tied at twelve apiece.

“It was positive to see us get off to a strong start and match them blow for blow,” Wall said.

The Scouts took the lead at 13-12 on a free throw by Lauren Vandenberg.

Milford’s Aschoff forced a turnover and converted a layup in transition. Grace Lenz’s two foul shots put the Eagles ahead 18-15.

Jayla Policky converted a layup while being fouled. After making the free throw, Milford led by double digits.

At halftime, the Eagles were up 24-17.

Oliva Couch’s layup and Macy Svoboda’s jumper up top cut the lead to 24-21.

Milford shooters got hot, matching their first half production in the third quarter. Aschoff made two free throws and Ryleigh Ackerman hit a corner three to extend the Eagles lead to 32-24. Heading into the fourth quarter the Eagles led 48-31, but the Scouts continued to fight.

Macy Svoboda hit a three from the top of the key to make it 50-34. Wall began to substitute to put a press in place after each Scout free throw. The tactic worked three times when the Eagles failed to get an inbounds pass off in time.

David City cut the lead to 56-49 with a layup by Givens. The Scouts outscored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth, but the gap was too wide to overcome.

Svoboda led the Scouts with a game-high 21 points. Givens was the only Scout in double figures with 13 points underneath.

Milford’s Policky and Hannah Kepler each had 13 points to lead the Eagles. Nevaeh Stauffer added 8.

The Scouts traveled to Raymond Central (4-7) on Tuesday and host Cross County on Friday.

January 6 at David City

David City (3-8)- 12 5 14 20-51

Milford (8-4)- 12 12 24 10-58

Scoring - David City: Svoboda 21, Givens 13, Backstrom 8, Vandenberg 5, Couch 4.

Milford: Policky 13, Kepler 13, Stauffer 8, Bontrager,, Aschoff 6, Lenz 5, Gropp 4, Ackerman 3.

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