Revenge of the Trojans

Girls basketball evens record after Friday night’s showdown.


Kennedy Goergen

Senior Kenzie Waters goes in for a layup against Creston. Waters has cashed in 70 points this season.

Hana Holtz, Editor

After winning two games back-to-back, Atlantic girls basketball was looking to do so again on Friday night in Creston. 

The two teams squared off on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in their first matchup. Creston got the best of Atlantic, beating the Trojans 55-41 in a conference contest. Since then, Atlantic straightened some things out to take a couple games from area opponents. Going into Friday night’s game, the Trojans were 2-3 and the Panthers were 3-1. 

Juniors Haley Rasmussen, Taylor McCreedy, and Tessa Grooms, along with seniors Corri Pelzer and Kenzie Waters, comprised the starting lineup for Atlantic. 

After tip-off, the two squads showed how aggressive this game was going to be. Both teams put up double-digits in the first quarter. However, it was Atlantic in front 22-20 going into the second frame. Once again, Atlantic had hot hands from around the court. They outscored the Panthers 19 to 17, putting them up by four at halftime.

Fresh out of the locker room, the Trojans repeated their strong offense, and their lead grew to eight points. The only time Creston would outscore Atlantic was in the final quarter, in which they netted 21 points. Atlantic hung on with a couple steals, and sealed the deal on their third-straight victory, 80-76.

With the win, Atlantic moved to 2-1 in the Hawkeye 10 conference. Also, the girls evened their record at three wins and three losses. Finally, they reversed the home loss to Creston earlier in the year.

Rasmussen had an outstanding night, hitting seven three pointers en route to a 35-point showing. This is the most points Rasmussen has scored in a single-game in her career. Junior Maycie Waters hit six three pointers from off the bench, and added on another field goal, totaling 20 points on the night. Senior Kenzie Waters also finished in double figures with ten. 

Over winter break, the Trojans will play three games. Lewis Central, St. Albert, and Shenandoah all match up with Atlantic over the holidays.