MASON CITY | For the Mason City girls basketball team, Tuesday was another opportunity to post an upset over a rated Class 5A team.
For the Mohawks, though, it was a night in which the shots would not fall.
Mason City found itself in a big hole at halftime and could not sustain a second-half rally in a 59-40 loss to eighth-rated (5A) Ankeny Centennial.
“Defensively we worked so hard,” Mohawks coach Curt Klaahsen said. “Ultimately, the shots not falling affected our defense.”
For the Mohawks, the downfall was a second quarter that saw a 1-of-12 shooting performance from the field that led to just five points in the quarter.
By contrast, the Jaguars were 9-of-13 from the floor in the second quarter and took a 37-15 lead to the locker room.
Unofficially, the Mohawks were 3-for-25 on three-point attempts in the game.
Mason City made a strong run over the third quarter and the early part of the fourth quarter to pull within 10, but a 10-0 run by Centennial effectively put the game away.
Megan Meyer paced Mason City with 25 points, 16 of which came in the second half.
Hannah Faktor added seven points.
The Jaguars were paced by the frontline duo of Rachel Schon and Chloe Olson who had 15 points apiece.
Mason City (9-8) returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Marshalltown in the Mohawks’ Coaches v. Cancer Night.
The Mohawks downed the Bobcats 57-23 on Dec. 15.