Savages get by Trojans in low scoring game

Spencer Magill helped the short-handed Savages stave off the Tri-County Trojans on December 7 in a 48-40 win. Magill led his team with 19 points, two of which were a result of a breakaway steal and dunk.

The Sigourney Savages were already short-handed when they found out one of their star players, Dustin Haines, would be unable to suit up due to illness. The Savages were able to overcome that and more adversity throughout the game to hold off the pesky Trojans 48-40.

Judging on the how the game started, it seemed like the Trojans would score the upset, holding Sigourney scoreless for the first three minutes of play. In addition, Tri-County was able to put up some points on their home court and in front of their home crowd, scoring the final four points of the quarter but were still down 13-10. A big reason why the Savages were held in check was due to having Spencer Magill, one of their other playmakers, in some early foul trouble.

The offense picked up in the third quarter, both teams staying neck and neck until late. The Trojans continued to chip away by sinking some free throw attempts and hitting a couple big three pointers. Sigourney still held onto a 37-29 lead going into the final quarter, getting some steals and transition buckets to give themselves some breathing room. The Savages would get their lead to double digits in the fourth before a three cut it down to seven, then followed that with a basket of their own to go back up by nine.
With just under two minutes left in the game, the Trojans had cut the deficit down again, this time the score being 44-39. The Trojans had chances but were unable to hit their shots and went cold from the free throw line. They would go on to make one more free throw, while Sigourney salted away the game with a pair of free throws late, holding on to win 48-40.
Sigourney would next host Iowa Valley on December 11, followed by a home game against Montezuma on December 14. The Trojans also had a pair of home games against English Valleys and North Mahaska.

To see the full story, along with coaches comments, check out the Dec. 12 edition of the News-Review.