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Monarchs turn away Fillies

Monarchs turn away Fillies

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Allie Eveland, Shenandoah

Shenandoah sophomore Allie Eveland shoots over a Denison-Schleswig defender, Friday, Jan. 31.

SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah Fillies started well and had a couple opportunities to give the Denison-Schleswig Monarchs a good challenge, Friday, Jan. 31, but the Monarchs pulled away at the end for a 58-41 win.

Ava Wolf scored the first four points of the game for the Fillies and then Brenna Godfread drilled a straight-on 3-pointer to give Shenandoah a 7-5 lead. Allie Eveland and Ava Wolf added inside baskets to extend Shenandoah’s lead to 11-7.

Denison-Schleswig extended its defense at that point to a 1-3-1 zone that started just shy of half court and a 12-0 run followed lasting until nearly the midway point of the second quarter. The Monarchs extended the lead to as many as 13 in the second period, but the Fillies answered. Eveland trimmed the lead to eight, and then had a short shot that could have cut it to six with about 10 seconds left in the half. Eveland’s shot didn’t fall, however, and Monarch junior Paige Andersen hit from outside just before the buzzer to make it a 29-18 game at the half.

The Monarchs led by as many as 22 in the third quarter, but again Shenandoah had an answer. A Roxy Denton basket with 2:29 to go made it a 51-41 game, but the Fillies wouldn’t score again.

“Our overall effort was outstanding,” Shenandoah head coach Jon Weinrich said. “For 30 ½ minutes we played really well. We just gave up some silly turnovers that led to easy points.”

The Fillies fell to 4-13 overall and 1-7 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with the loss. Weinrich said his team showed well in rallying a couple times during the game.

“The ball started going in and our effort was good,” said Weinrich. “It was a super physical game, but the girls played through it. We just have to eliminate a few plays and stay positive, not giving up easy points.”

Denton led the Fillies with 13 points and added five steals. Weinrich said the senior continues to improve in her fifth game back from injury.

“Roxy is another offensive threat who can attack the basket,” said Weinrich. “She’s not near full strength, but we’re glad she’s playing and she has given us a bit of an emotional lift too.”

Wolf added eight points and eight rebounds for the Fillies.

“Ava had a good defensive game,” said Weinrich. “(Hannah Neemann) is one of the best posts in the conference and (Ava) did a nice job on her.”

Denison-Schleswig improved to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Ellie Magnuson was the top producer for the Monarchs, pouring in 27 points on a 12 for 17 shooting day.

The next two games for the Fillies are on the road against Glenwood Feb. 4 and Kuemper Catholic Feb. 7 to wrap up conference play.

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