The Troy Buchanan girls basketball team travelled south to Holt High School on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to take on the Indians. Troy came out on top in the confrontation, 43-36.

The game was a scrappy one, with rebounding on both ends of the ball being a major factor, as Troy coach Damond lacy explained.

“Rebounding was a huge part of our success. Mackenzie Caldwell did a great job getting us extra opportunities and scoring the basketball off of offensive rebounds,” Lacy said.

He also said that Holt pushed them into turning the ball over, and that that is something that his team is still working on.

“Holt did a good job of applying pressure and forcing us into a lot of turnovers. We have to get better in that area before the end of the season,” Lacy said. 

Another factor to the win was the fact that Lacy felt his players were making the shots they should have been making, getting the basics right.

“I felt like our kids made shots when we needed them and did a good job of keeping the game just out of reach. Holt is a really good basketball team and I expect it to be a tough contest when we play them again in February,” Lacy said. Maggie Illig finished the game as the top scorer for the Trojans with 14 points. Then came Caldwell with 11, Olivia Mennemeyer with eight, and Gabi Cook and Makenna DeClue both with five.

Caldwell finished the game with 16 total rebounds, five offensive and 11 defensive.

No other player in the game was even within touching distance of that number, the next highest rebound stat being three players, two for Troy and one for Holt, with five rebounds.