Metamora girls basketball keeps struggling
- A rough season continued to get rougher Jan. 8 when the Metamora girls basketball team fell to Limestone, 55-35, at home.
A rough season continued to get rougher Jan. 8 when the Metamora girls basketball team fell to Limestone, 55-35, at home.
Limestone established itself as the superior team in the opening quarter with a strong offensive showing.
The team cut through Redbird defenders to drive to the hoop but also scored with accurate shots from the perimeter.
Metamora's offense was unable to find any kind of rhythm and was plagued, much as it would be all game, by turnovers and poor shot selection.
Although the team's defense never rolled in the first half, the offense would have spurts where the team put up points thanks to open shooting lanes.
Cassidy Ioerger stood tall in the post over Rocket defenders to rack up points near the hoop.
Ioerger led the team with 13 points for the game.
At halftime, Limestone led, 32-19.
With any form of a comeback quickly slipping away, the Redbirds ensured it disappeared in the second half when Limestone quickly added to its lead in the third quarter.
Throughout the second half, Metamora played well but not good enough to overcome a talented Limestone team.
The team fell at Mid-Illini Conference rival Canton, 65-31, Thursday.
Canton started on a tear, racking up 19 points in the opening eight minutes to set the tone.
Nothing the Redbird defense did could slowCanton as the Lady Little Giants fired in shots from the perimeter and sliced through the lane to score at the hoop.
Throughout the opening 16 minutes, the Redbirds could not stop the bleeding and Canton built a 36-20 lead.
The third quarter was no different as the Redbird defense still had no answer to the Canton scoring barrage.
Carrie James and Kristi Guzman provided bright spots for the Redbird offense when their smart shooting decisions helped the Redbird to put up some points.
Guzman and James led the team with nine points each.
In the end, the Redbirds had no way to stop Canton and the Little Giants cruised to a win.
The team then dropped a road game to Notre Dame, 62-36.
The Irish quickly built a 21-6 lead to put Metamora in a hole they had little chance to dig out of.
Near the end of the opening half, the Redbird offense showed some life when DeLouca got open shooting opportunities and knocked them down.
DeLouca led the team with seven points for the game.
Despite the offense coming on, Notre Dame never slowed down and built a 36-18 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was the last chance the Redbirds had to climb out of the hole but Notre Dame stepped on the gas and put up 20 points to put the game out of reach.
Down the stretch, even though they could not mount a comeback, the team continued to fight for every basket and rebound.
The team next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Morton.