Curtain closes on Lady Spartans’ season

MARSHALLTOWN — It looked early like Southwestern women might be on track to finish the season on a winning note Saturday, but Marshalltown got hot on Sophomore Day in pulling away to a 69-52 victory.

Southwestern (5-24 overall, 2-14 conference) didn’t allow Marshalltown to go in front until an 8-6 lead. But quickly a 12-1 run put the Tigers up 18-7.

MCC led by as many as 16 points in the first half and took a 31-18 lead into the break.

“We started out pretty good,” said Southwestern coach Addae Houston. “But once they got it to 8-6, they stretched it to about 15-8 and then 22-11. One thing that killed us was that we just didn’t make shots. We didn’t play too bad, but good shots weren’t falling.”

The Tigers scored the first six points of the second half to lead 37-18. The largest lead was 22 points, but Southwestern held its own in the final 20 minutes with 34 points to Marshalltown’s 38.

The Tigers scored 23 points off the Spartans’ 20 turnovers.

Marshalltown, just 11-20 a year ago, finished the regular season at 18-11 overall and 8-8 in conference play. The Tigers enter the ICCAC playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will travel to fourth-seeded Des Moines Area Community College on Tuesday. Finishing in ninth place, Southwestern will not make the eight-team bracket.

Mackenzie Gott recorded her 23rd career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow sophomore Ashley Salgado added 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore guard Morgan Knorr finished her SWCC career with 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore post player Darian Polson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Peyton Russell also scored 10 and Jordan Williamson chipped in 12 off the bench, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

The third sophomore finishing as a Spartan is Kristen Klocksiem.

And now, it’s off to the state tournament and other places to find recruits to continue rebuilding the program, Houston said. Marshalltown’s one-year turnaround is a good example, he noted.

“It can be turned around,” Houston said. “It’s time to get out and find some players.”

MARSHALLTOWN (69) — Mackenzie Gott 9 3-4 21, Ashley Salgado 6 0-0 13, Courtney Williams-Perry 5 0-2 10, Ilsie Calles 3 0-0 9, Jasmin Howe 2 2-2 6, Rusty Henlo 2 0-0 4, Danielle Montgomery 1 2-2 4, Jamerka Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals — 29 7-10 69. FG shooting — 29-71 (40.8 percent). 3-point goals — 4-15 (Calles 3, Salgado 1). Rebounds — 43 (Williams-Perry 13).  Assists — 17 (Howe 6). Steals — 13 (Salgado 4). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (52) — Morgan Knorr 4 6-8 14, Jordan WIlliamson 3 3-4 12, Darian Polson 4 2-4 10, Peyton Russell 4 2-2 10, Jill Vanderhoof 2 0-0 4, Katie Sowers 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 13-20 52. FG shooting — 18-47 (38.3 percent). 3-point goals — 3-13 (Williamson 3). Rebounds — 32 (Polson 13, Vanderhoof 7).  Assists — 10 (Knorr 7). Steals — 7 (Knorr 2, Russell 2, Klocksiem 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Vanderhoof 1, Knorr 1). Turnovers — 20. Team fouls — 11. Fouled out  — None.

Marshalltown — 31 69

SWCC — 18 52