MASON CITY | In Saturday’s game against Des Moines Roosevelt, the Mason City girls basketball team put together a streak the likes of which the Mohawks will likely not see again any time soon.
After a sluggish start, the Mohawks reeled off 33 consecutive points over a nine-minute span of the first and second quarters and rolled to a 60-37 win over the Roughriders.
“It was hard for us to get into our pressure early,” Mason coach Curt Klaahsen said. “Defensively our aggressiveness was a huge part of it.”
Mason City found itself in an 11-4 hole late in the first quarter, but the Mohawks got a huge boost when Grace Cumming, Roosevelt’s 6-foot-3 post player and University of Minnesota commit, picked up her second foul.
Megan Meyer dropped a pair of free throws and the run was on.
Once the Mohawks’ offense started to put points on the board, the defense took over.
Mason City forced Roosevelt into 21 first-half turnovers as full-court pressure turned into traps all over the court.
Mason City scored the final 11 points of the opening quarter on a three-pointer by Jaeda Whitner and seven free throws.
The Mohawks nearly put together a perfect second quarter as they rattled off 22 consecutive points while holding the Roughriders scoreless until Cumming scored her first points of the game on a layup at the halftime buzzer.
Mason City built the lead to as many as 29 in the third quarter before Klaahsen went to his bench for most of the final eight minutes.
Megan Meyer, the Mohawks junior guard and top returning scorer, went off for 26 points, including four 3-pointers.
“I played a lot of summer ball,” Meyer said. “That gave me a lot of confidence playing against good competition.”
Whitner came off the bench for 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
“I didn’t think I used the bench enough on Tuesday,” Klaahsen said. “That was a big goal tonight.”
Autumn Anderson and Megan Hollander had five points apiece for the Mohawks.
Cumming, who scored all 14 of Roosevelt’s third-quarter points, finished with 18 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Mason City (1-1) faces its first road test of the season on Tuesday when it travels to Des Moines East.