NM Girls Take Loss in Stride

HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT. It was a tough battle in the paint as Emma Tyrrel of North Mahaska, left, battled West Hancock’s Amanda Chizek for 32 minutes in their quarterfinal game. 

Many times a loss at the state girl’s basketball tournament results in tears shed and hopes dashed. On the other side of the coin is elation and smiles all around. It may not have been clear in talking with the North Mahaska basketball team.

North Mahaska faced No. 2 West Hancock in the opening game of the tournament, but fell 67-54. It would have been easy to find blame with each other, blame officials, or look for excuses, but that is not in the Warhawk DNA. The game was a physical test with plenty of contact from the top of the key to the baseline, something the Warhawks does not see a lot of in the South Iowa Cedar League. However, the team was simply sad for the loss, and ready to focus on a return trip next season.

Post player Emma Tyrrel, who played the entire 32 minutes against a pair of tall trees may have summed up the sentiment exactly. The Warhawks have nary a senior on its team and will return everyone.

“We talked in the locker room that this was like dipping our toes in the water, but next year we want to cannonball in and go full in and win three games,” said Tyrrel about 10 minutes after the game. “This was a good start for us. Our season is over, but we are not losing anyone. We will have everyone back. It’s just sad that our season’s over.”

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