Falcons losing skid extends to four games
The Falcons lost games to Elcho on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Prentice on Thursday and Greenwood on Monday to fall to 1-5 on the year.
The Abbotsford Falcons were on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 10, for a non-conference clash with the Elcho Hornets.
The Falcons struggled on both sides of the ball as the Hornets took a 46-14 advantage at the end of one half of play.
The Falcons played better defense in the second half, holding Elcho to just 20 points, but the offense simply did not flow, and the Falcons scored just 12 points in the second half.
Junior Catie Clement was the lone Falcon to score in double digits, notching 11 points, with nine of them coming from behind the three point arc. Maggie Seefluth added eight points, Mya Ruesch scored three and Alea Graff and Jayden Falteisek each added two points apiece.
Abbotsford’s offense was much better two days later, but their defense struggled to contain the Prentice Buccaneers at home on Thursday night.
The Falcons started slow in the first half, and were down 58-13. The Falcons were more poised and confident in the second half, and moved the ball and found open shooters.
“In the first half we struggled and in the second half we saw the openings and got quite a few assists from Alea and Maggie, which is an improvement,” head coach Ally Meserole said.
Catie Clement hit a pair of triples, followed by Seefluth, who scored seven of her team high 11 points in the second half. Seven Falcons finished with their names in the scorer’s column.
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Mya Ruesch was Abby’s second leading scorer, tallying ten points, and Clement scored nine points. Ciomara Tomas and Alea Graff each scored four points. Jayden Falteisek and Marisol Garcia added two points apiece.
“Having multiple girls score and multiple play-makers is not always something our school has had,” Meserole explained. “So having multiple double-digit scorers is huge for Abbotsford.”
Meserole’s goal moving forward will be to have that consistent offense. “We’ve got to keep this feeling, and we’ve got to remember this feeling and how to push the floor and how to score as a team.”
Abbotsford scored a season high 50 points in a non-conference meeting with the Greenwood Indians at home, but the Falcons were slow out of the gate.
“It took awhile to get into the game,” Meserole said. “The second half was a better showing of who we are as a team. The girls came together; they found the openings [and] they attacked the basket.”
Maggie Seefluth scored a team high 13 points, including three triples. Mya Ruesch scored 11 points. Catie Clement and Alea Graff both added nine points. However, the Falcons struggled from the charity stripe, making just 12 of 25 free throws.
Greenwood took a lead and then proceeded to hold onto the ball.
“We had to foul for the entire last 10 minutes of game time because Greenwood was holding the ball.”
The strategy worked for Greenwood, who converted 81 percent of its free throws, scoring 26 points at the line.
The Falcons will take a brief break before they close out the year with a home game against the Newman Catholic Cardinals on Friday, Dec. 20.