Muscatine’s sluggish performance Friday night against Davenport West carried over into Saturday’s game against Burlington. However, the lull lasted for less than one quarter on Saturday.
Burlington scored the first eight points of the game but the Muscatine girls basketball team stormed back and routed Burlington 61-34 on senior afternoon.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Muskies (8-12, 8-9) as six players scored at least seven points with sophomore Zoey Long leading the way with 12. Fellow sophomore Alicia Garcia also reached double figures with 10 points and hauled in six rebounds.
Madi Petersen and Avarie Eagle added nine points apiece off the bench for Muscatine, while starters Macey Rogers and Emily Woepking each added seven points.
Despite falling behind 8-0 in the opening minutes, the Muskies regrouped and finished the quarter on a 13-3 run to take a two-point lead. Then, Muscatine outscored Burlington 48-23 over the next three quarters to cruise to a 27-point win where it shot 45 percent from the field.
Saturday’s win marked Muscatine’s fourth win in five games and it’s the first time it’s reached four games under .500 since early January. Also, the Muskies clinched a sixth-place finish in the Mississippi Athletic Conference standings with Saturday’s win.
After being unable to reschedule last week’s Clinton game, Muscatine added a road contest with Iowa City West to its schedule.
The Trojans are currently riding an eight-game winning streak. The Muskies will travel to Iowa City tonight for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
Burlington 51, Muscatine 50: Just like the first matchup, Saturday’s game between Muscatine and Burlington came down to the final possession.
Unfortunately for the Muskies, the final result was the same as the first time around as they fell 51-50 in Saturday’s road game.
Muscatine (0-17, 0-14 MAC) led by seven, 45-38, entering the fourth quarter but was outscored 13-5 in the final frame on its way to another close loss to Burlington.
The Muskies opened up a six-point lead in the first quarter and carried it into halftime. They outscored The Grayhounds 15-14 in the third quarter but were unable to hang on.
Muscatine has little time to dwell, as it plays host to Clinton tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Comets send five to state, Kadel wins districts: The West Liberty wrestling team will be well-represented at this week’s state wrestling tournament. Five wrestlers qualified at Saturday’s Class 2A District 8 tournament at Washington High School.
The Comets had a pair of district champions in Austin Beaver (160) and Will Esmoil (145). Austin Beaver won his semifinal match in a pin and the title match in a major decision, while Esmoil pinned both opponents and spent less than three minutes on the mat. Alex Beaver (106), Coy Ruess (152) and Kobe Simon (220) all placed second to advance.
Both Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union and Louisa-Muscatine qualified one wrestler to the state tournament, which begins Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
For Columbus, senior and defending state runner-up Jarod Kadel continued his undefeated season with a 7-2 decision in the 138-pound finals. The Falcons will be represented by Cody Calvelage at 132 pounds. Calvelage pinned his semifinal opponent before dropping the title match by a 9-2 decision.