ANAMOSA - There’s no doubting the Anamosa boys are a good basketball team.
They’ve shown that ability on numerous occasions already this winter. Just watch them, and you can see for yourself.
But sometimes mixed into the games that will see quality play, is a lack of consistency. And it’s that consistency that has cost the Raiders several times this season, and did again in a tough 52-38 loss hosting a solid Cascade team Thursday, Jan. 16.
“I thought we got off to a pretty good start, we just missed some shot and free throws in the first quarter that we normally hit and found ourselves down by eight at the quarter,” Barnes said. “The second quarter we really defended well, but again we just didn’t make enough shots to make up much ground.”
Anamosa (2-9, 2-8), led 4-3 mid-way through the opening quarter before the Cougars went on a 13-4 run to end the stanza holding an 18-6 lead.
But the Raiders got right back into the mix in the second quarter holding Cascade to a mere six points in the frame, but couldn’t make up too much ground scoring a mere seven of their own to trail 22-15 at the break.
Then things really got tough.
“To go in at half only down seven after the way we shot, I thought we would be ok in the second half,” Barnes said. “But we just couldn’t score the basketball. Then we added turnovers in the second half and we put ourselves into a big hole going into the fourth quarter that we just couldn’t get out of.”
Cascade got their offense rolling scoring 17 points in the third quarter and held the hosts to a mere five, including a scoreless stretch over the first four minutes.
Trae Klatt drilled a trey and Sam Wilt added a field goal for all the Anamosa scoring in the third quarter as the Raiders were staring at a 39-20 deficit entering the final frame.
“We certainly have spurts of good basketball and then we just have a hard time maintaining that,” Barnes said. “We have to continue to improve and get better.
“I am pleased with where we are defensively, and I think we are getting better on the boards. We just have to take care of the basketball better.”
Anamosa had their best offensive quarter of the game in the last eight-minute stretch, almost equaling their total from the previous three frames pouring in 18 points to close out the 14-point defeat.
Wilt was his usual solid self, leading the Raider offense scoring 16 points connecting on 6-of-11 shots from the field while also adding seven rebounds and four steals.
Andrew Morris added seven points while Caleb Otting was the pulse of the offense dishing our four assists.