ANAMOSA - As her team continues to make improvements on the offensive end of the floor, Anamosa girls basketball coach Angie Lawrence has several other goals as her team makes their way in 2020-21, and in the 2020 finale hosting Wilton Tuesday, Dec. 22, even more improvements were made.

      “We continue to make improvements taking care of the basketball because our turnovers are still down from our first four games,” said Lawrence, as her team was handed a 65-41 defeat at the hands of the Beavers.

      “We are still having trouble with the press-break and making our shots, but we have been making it a goal to out-rebound the other team, and against Wilton we were outrebounded by just a 36-29 count.”

      The offense struggled in the early going for the hosts as Wilton raced to a 14-4 lead early on and appeared ready to blow the Anamosa (0-6, 0-2) girls right off their own floor.

      But, after back-to-back Maddy Heims baskets at the end of the opening stanza, that trimmed the Raider deficit to 14-8 at the horn, Anamosa got things going.

      Joslin Banowetz opened the second quarter drilling a mid-range jumper and all of a sudden, the hosts were down by just four points (14-10).

      It would be as close as they would get the rest of the night, however.

      “Lily and Addy Rogers did a good job of defending Peyton Souhroda, who averages 10 points a game and is a 42-percent 3-point shooter,” Lawrence said. “But we had trouble stopping Kelsey Drake and Ella Coffery in the paint. They scored a total of 34 points in the paint to our 16.”

      Drake finished with a game-high 33 points while Caffey added 21 more as the pair scored 54 of the Beavers’ 65 total points.

      The Beavers answered the Raider run with one of their own leading 20-12 before Cecilia Venenga connected from beyond the 3-point line to pull the hosts within five at 20-15 with 3:41 to play in the half.

      Kala Dietiker scored to keep Anamosa within striking distance at 22-17 before the visitors went on a game-changing 9-0 run to close the half with a 31-17 advantage.

      The second half would see the Raiders struggle to slow the Wilton offense as the visitors went on a 16-11 third quarter spurt to take a 49-28 lead into the final frame.

      “We continue to see improvement on the offensive end from Cecilia and Kala,” Lawrence said. “We continue to see improvement from our inside game too with Grace Lubben, Megan Decker, Katravia Burns and Joslin.”

      The Beavers maintained their 20-plus point advantage the rest of the game though the Raiders continued to battle as Heims, Banowetz, Venenga and Burns all scored fourth quarter field goals.

      Heims poured in 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the hosts while Venenga tallied 11 points drilling three 3-pointers on the night. Lily Rogers and Venenga came through with three steals each as the team tallied an impressive 13 on the night while Banowetz dished out a team-best five assists.

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