MASON CITY | Following a sluggish win over No. 9 (3A) Clear Lake Monday, the Mason City girls basketball team was looking to bounce back.
The No. 5 (5A) Mohawks did that and more in a 68-28 blowout over Des Moines Lincoln Friday night.
“I liked our energy right away,” said Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen. “I thought before the game the kids were fired up and ready to go.”
That fire brought Mason City (2-0) a great performance for only its second time out this season.
The Mohawks had everything working for them in the first quarter as they were able to jump to a 10-0 lead right out of the gate.
This success was brought to them by great passing, working through their offense without a problem and forcing turnovers.
Makenzie Meyer scored 13 of her 21 points on the evening in the Mohawks’ 31-point first quarter.
“It’s just fun knowing that we clicked like that,” Meyer said. “It’s a good feeling.”
After the game Meyer said it was nice to get into a rhythm early after what happened on Monday against the Lions with her getting into early foul trouble.
“It felt really good just not being in foul trouble,” Meyer said. “I told (assistant) coach (Tom) Kirby that it was like a weight off my shoulders.”
Meyer hit on 9-of-12 shots from the field and was 1-for-1 from beyond the arc.
Senior Myah Mellman, a Creighton signee, found her groove in the second quarter, scoring 10 of her 13 points.
Klaahsen pointed to the pair’s defensive work that led to the good performances.
“I thought they both were really active defensively,” the coach said. “Myah’s really picked up her defensive intensity and her positioning. Makenzie is very quick, athletic, has strong arms and I thought she really got some easy baskets for us by running out and getting some steals.
“We’ve got to get easy baskets. We’re not that big that we can just pound it inside all the time and I thought we really did.”
McKenna Whitehill chipped in 10 points off the bench and Allison Scott, Rachel Danielson and Marci Wolters added five points apiece.
Mason City travels to Forest City on Tuesday.