With Sherrard, a one-loss team, facing Davenport Central, a one-win team, and Sherrard leading by just four points at halftime of the Dearrel Bates Mississippi River Shootout battle, clearly the Tigers girls' basketball team needed to flip a switch.|
Or acquire a supply of medical masks.
Masks unavailable, they got the spark flip from Carly Adams, one of those feeling under the weather. Adams scored eight third-quarter points to propel the 18-1 Tigers to a 53-33 victory at Black Hawk College.
The biggest of those was a 3-pointer, Adams' first basket, 1:35 into the second half. That was the start of a 16-2 run that made the game more of what it was expected to be based on team records.
"We've had a few under the weather – Carly, Riley Strandgard, myself for what seems like a couple of months," related Sherrard coach Doug Swanson."We needed Carly in that first half, and she didn't score a point. But I felt the same thing, that that 3-pointer by her was just what we needed to get going."
Just based on Sherrard's stellar record vs. Central being 1-9, a first half in which the Tigers led just 22-18 might be tough to explain or figure out.
"We just weren't ready to go," said Swanson. "We just were not focused."
That was quite evident by the turnover statistics – eight for the Tigers and six for the Blue Devils through the first two quarters. By the end, Sherrard won the turnover battle, 19-22.
"We talked about being more aggressive in the second half," the Sherrard coach said.
With Adams' spark, that came about. Sherrard put two in double-figure scoring, with Shelby Calderone leading the way with 14 points and Anne Winston getting 13. Two others, Adams and Strandgard, missed that mark by a basket each.
Rebounds, too, were spread around for the Tigers. Strandgard was tops with six, with Erin Barton getting five and Calderone and Winston both with four.
"Anne Winston was big for us in the first half; she was why we were able to stay in it," Swanson noted. Winston, the Tigers' senior center, had nine of her points in the first half.
The Blue Devils were led by starting point guard Makayla Buck and reserve center Bri Nash, both with 10 points. Outside of Buck, though, scoring from Central starters was practicallynonexistent. The other starters were 1 of 13 shooting for two points. Reserves accounted for 21 of its 33 points.
Sherrard is now 2-0 in the Shootout, with 2012 being its maiden trip.