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MTZ Girls Basketball loses two games and wins one

Blake Faith
The Mt. Zion girls basketball team won its first game of the week against Maria-Forsyth, but lost two straight Apollo Conference games against the top-two teams. Those teams are Lincoln and Mattoon.
Against Lincoln, the game didn’t see any scoring for the first three minutes of the game. The first score came when Kilo Froebe nailed two free-throws to give the Railers a 2-0 lead.
Mid-way through the first quarter, the Braves scored. Bracie Barnes found Denver Anderson on the wing and Anderson nailed a three-pointer to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.
Froebe scored five of the nine first quarter points for the Railers nailing a three-pointer to give the Railers a 9-3 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, the Railers went on a 7-0 run to start the first quarter. Inside of that run, Taryn Stoltzenburg made a layup and three-pointer and Froebe added a mid-range jumper to give the Railers a 16-3 lead.
The Braves ended that run when Kalliana Becker found Barnes. Barnes nailed a mid-range jumper to narrow the Railers’ lead to 16-5. Barnes scored a few possessions later on a put-back layup to make it a 18-7 game.
The Railers finished the second quarter on a 8-0 run to give the Railers a 26-7 lead. Froebe finished the half with 13 points.
Froebe picked off right where she left off in the third quarter making a layup to extend the lead to 28-7.
The Braves scored on a free-throw and then Abby Scharf hit a three-pointer as the Railers led 34-11 mid-way through the third quarter. The Railers took a 38-11 lead to end the third quarter.
The Railers finished the fourth quarter outscoring the Braves 15-5 to give them a 53-16 win. Froebe finished with 26 points for the Railers. Barnes and Anderson led the Braves with four points each.
“I was just disappointed in our body language and I did not feel like we were ready to compete,” Head coach Steve Marvel said. “They’re (Lincoln) an excellent team and Froebe is an excellent player. We started to let things impact us and we’ve got to be mentally tougher across the board and hopefully we’ll get there.”
Against Maroa-Forsyth the Braves won 51-43. Anderson finished with a double-double that included scoring 12 points. Becker led the Braves in scoring with 20 points.
Against Mattoon, the Braves fell 70-22. The Braves are now 4-11 overall this season.
The Braves will travel to Arthur and play in the ALAH Knights Holiday Tourney.
“We’ve doubled our win output from last year,” Coach Marbel said. We should have won a couple other games. I think it’s just learning to win. And it’s also learning that we can compete. It’s easy to play against teams that you’re better than and it’s sometimes hard to play against teams that are better than you. We gotta start to get that mentality where you know we’re gonna compete against whoever it is regardless and bring that same mentally day in and day out.”

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