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MCC's week at home starts with league win

January 19, 2012
Marshalltown Community College

By MARK PAWLAK - T-R Assistant Sports Editor (mpawlak@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

New Marshalltown Community College Director of Athletics Dan Huntley can now add 1-0 as a women's basketball coach to his resume.

The Tigers turned back Iowa Lakes 61-52 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play on Wednesday at the Student Activity Center.

An eventful first month on the job for Huntley took on the role of coach with current acting head coach Sheila Finnell out of town attending a funeral.

Marshalltown (4-10, 2-2) used 12 points from Jasmine Johnson, 10 points from Lateisha Spates-Manning and eight apiece from Shantal Tobler, Arnisha Thomas and Latrice McMullen to pick up the victory.

Finnell will be back for the Tigers' next game on Saturday.

"It's not that I'm not hopeful to do this again on Saturday, but we've put her in place to do that," Huntley said, "and I've got to fill in where we need to."

The two teams combined to shoot 51 free throws on Wednesday and neither found a flow. Marshalltown scored the first seven points of the contest and ran out to a 36-19 halftime advantage.

"The game started as expected as you look at things, we're averaging 65 a game and they're averaging 39," Huntley said. "At halftime we're both well on the way to our averages. I thought the girls were moving the ball well and playing decent defense and we got out to a good start."

"It took (Iowa Lakes) awhile to get on the board. It's always good to shut down a team that has been struggling, hold them back a little bit at the start."

What appeared to be a game the Tigers had complete control of slipped away somewhat in the second half. Marshalltown was hurt by turning the ball over and the Lakers were able to cut what was a 19-point MCC lead to only seven at 50-43 with 7:10 remaining.

The Tigers responded with a Lee free throw, basket by McMullen, putback by Johnson, putback by Thomas and Lee assisting on Kadera Jackson's layup for a 9-0 spurt to regain a 16-point lead.

"We just needed to refocus. They went on a run on us and it was one of those times, OK it's time to call a timeout," Huntley said. "They're starting to comeback, they're starting to get a little confidence and we're playing sloppy."

Sophomore forward Johnson finished with a team-high eight rebounds.

"Jasmine had a good game for us points-wise. She's been struggling with her knee and it was great to get a full game out of her. We just had to watch the amount of playing time she got," Huntley said. "The time that she was in there she was a leader."

Freshman guard Spates-Manning added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Samera Williams had a team-high 13 points for Iowa Lakes, which dropped its fifth in a row to fall to 5-12 overall and 0-7 in conference action.

Marshalltown's week of three home contests continues with a conference game against Southwestern (2-17, 0-5) on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Loras JV comes to the Student Activity Center on Sunday.

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