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CANTON – A sluggish first quarter did not keep the Canton/Galva girls basketball team from staying the course in their Friday night home tangle with Herington as the Lady Eagles stayed even with the visitors until overtime when they pulled away to score a 45-39 victory.

Herington held a slim, three-point advantage at 8-5 after the first eight minutes of play before the Lady Eagles put 14 points on the board in the second quarter while holding Herington to a point less than ten and be able to take a two-point, 19-17 lead into the halftime break.

The visitors made up the two-point deficit by one point in each of the third and fourth quarters to put the final score of regulation play at a dead even 35-35. In the overtime, Canton/Galva was able to hold Herington to just two buckets while scoring 10 to give them the six-point, 45-39 win.

Many of the team stats showed why the game was so even as the Lady Eagles connected on 35% of their shots from the field and Herington made 32%. Canton/Galva connected on six three-pointers and the visitors made five while the Lady Eagles turned the ball over 16 times and Herington only 15.

One of the big differences came on the play inside the paint under the basket as the Lady Eagles dominated in rebounds, pulling down 35 to Herington’s 22. The Lady Eagles did their work in the paint as a team as five players recorded at least five rebounds in the game, led by Emily Peterson with 10 while Mimi Craig grabbed seven.

Individually, Tia Moddelmog lit up the scorebook by her name by hitting for 24 points, with three shots made from beyond the three-point line. Moddelmog also pulled down six rebounds, dished out six assists and made three steals on defense. Carissa Klatt just missed double digits in scoring with nine.

“So proud of the way the girls played tonight against a good Herington team,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Shelby Hoppes. “They have size inside, and we outrebounded them 35-22 with 13 of those being offensive grabs. Emily (Peterson) worked extremely hard down low and lead us with 10 rebounds.”

Coach Hoppes concluded his post-game reflections breaking down both sides of the ball game when he added, “Defensively we ran multiple looks at them, including a triangle and two that we hadn’t practiced a whole lot. The girls did a great job of getting in and out of the different defensive looks. Offensively, we did a good job of taking care of the basketball. Tia (Moddelmog) had another big night scoring for us with 24 while Carissa (Klatt) hit some big shots late to seal it in overtime. Now we get a short break for Christmas and then we have to get back in the gym and continue to work.”


With the victory the Lady Eagles go into their holiday break with some good momentum and a 2-4 record. They will return to the hardwood on Tuesday, January 7, when they will play host to Centre.


1st       2nd       3rd       4th       OT       FINAL

Herington                 8          9          9          9          4          = 39

LADY EAGLES           5          14       8          8          10       = 45

TEAM STATS:                      Herington                 LADY EAGLES

Field Goals                            16-50-32%               18-51-35%

3-Point Shots                       5-18-28%                 6-19-32%

Free Throws                        2-5-40%                    3-8-38%

Rebounds (Off-Def)           22 (10-12)                35 (13-22)

Assists                                    11                               12

Steals                                     2                                  8

Turnovers                             15                               16

CANTON/GALVA LADY EAGLE SCORING (45 total points): Tia Moddelmog – 24; Carissa Klatt – 9; Emily Peterson – 4; Mimi Craig – 4; Braylee Doughman – 4. Three-pointers Made (6): Tia Moddelmog – 3; Carissa Klatt – 3. Leading Rebounders: Emily Peterson – 10; Mimi Craig – 7; Braylee Doughman – 6; Tia Moddelmog – 6. Assist Leader: Tia Moddelmog – 6. Steals: Tia Moddelmog – 3; Carissa Klatt – 3.

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