ANAMOSA - Through the first three minutes of their contest hosting class 2A No. 1 ranked Cascade Thursday, Jan. 16, it looked as though the Anamosa girls basketball team might be able to hang with the extremely talented Cougars in their River Valley Conference contest.

      Then, things quickly snowballed out of control.

      The game, which was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, was moved ahead a day to avoid the snow and ice predicted for Friday, but it got cold pretty quickly inside the Raider gym once the Cougar offense really got going.

      “Honestly, I though we played them pretty tough there for a little while,” said Anamosa girls basketball coach Doug Arnold, as after the first three minutes of play the Raiders trailed just 4-2.

      “We were getting after it on defense and really doing a pretty decent job running the offense and not turning the basketball over, too. But once Cascade turned up the pressure, we started turning it over and then they started getting a lot of lay-ups. Against the top-ranked team in the state, you just can’t do that.”

      Cascade closed the opening frame going on a huge 17-2 spurt to take a 21-4 lead at the horn, and kept up the pressure for the next three quarters.

      “This is a game that our young team will learn from,” Arnold said. “We did show signs of some pretty solid play against a very powerful opponent. We knew tonight was probably going to be a tough one, but we can’t walk away from this hanging our heads, we need to learn from it and get better, and I’m confident the girls will do that. I’m not disappointed at all with the way the girls played. They went out there and did the best they could against one of the best teams there is.”

      A 17-6 second quarter run had the visitors holding a 38-10 halftime lead before the lead grew to 38 points (53-15) at the third quarter horn, which got the continuous clock started.

      Maggie McQuillen’s five points paced the Anamosa offense while Maddy Heims and Kala Dietiker each added four more for the hosts. Joslin Banowetz chipped in with three points.

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