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By Colin Harris | Staff Writer
An extremely young Field Falcons girls basketball team picked up its second road win of the young season on Wednesday, using a solid defensive effort to capture a 38-22 Portage Trail Conference cross-division victory over the Waterloo Vikings.
Field (2-0) was led by sophomores Camille Adelman and Katrina Eldreth, as well as senior Morgan Peachey, on a night where Falcons head coach Craig Nettleton utilized his depth.
"There were times where we were playing three or four sophomores at a time out there," Nettleton said. "We're young, but I like that they were playing hard the entire contest."
Holding a narrow 14-12 lead on Waterloo (0-1) at the half, the Falcons turned up the pressure in the second half to outscore the Vikings 15-6 in the third quarter and 9-4 in the fourth quarter in what became the decisive moments of the game.
The Falcons forced six Waterloo turnovers during the third quarter -- and 19 for the game -- as the Vikings' offense struggled to find any continuity all night.
"Give credit to Field tonight, because they really came out and played aggressive defense, especially there in the third quarter," Waterloo head coach Dave Hamilton said.
Adelman turned in seven of her nine points during the third quarter and was joined by Eldreth with three of her game-high 12 points. The Falcons put together runs of 8-0 and 6-0 in the third.
"Defensively, we were really playing well in the third quarter," Nettleton said. "I was really happy with the way we were able to force them into turnovers and flip it into points the other direction."
Peachey finished with 10 points for the Falcons and also knocked down the team's only 3-pointer. In addition to Adelman's nine points, the Falcons sophomore pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Eldreth finished with six boards and a 6-of-12 effort from the foul line.
Waterloo was led offensively by seniors Jamie Willis and Megan Forney. Both players finished with nine points, while Forney pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Willis hit one 3-pointer for Waterloo's only points from beyond the arc.
Nettleton said he was happy with the way his young team was able to control a talented senior guard like Willis.
"We knew that (Waterloo) had an experienced guard in (Willis)," Nettleton said. "I think our players did a good job challenging her and really making her work for her points tonight."