Cyclones end 3-game skid with win against Columbus
Story and photos by Sean Kiefer

After a three-game skid, the Denver Cyclones’ win was a good way to start the winter break. Both of the Cyclone teams won against the Columbus Sailors on December 22, at the Cyclone Center. Starting with the girls, they kept the Sailors controlled for the win.

In the first half, the Cyclones didn’t let the Sailors get the lead at all with Kambrie Clinton scoring 10 points and Katie Terrill scoring 6 points. A few other miscellaneous shots along the way helped give the Cyclones a 31-26 lead at the half. Also, Emma Larson really stepped up by getting plenty of defensive and offensive rebounds.

In the second half, the Cyclones continued to score with Lila Meyer providing an excellent defense, blocking many shots from the Sailors so they couldn’t score. The defense provided by the Cyclones led them to score more which gave them a win of 53-45.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone varsity girls’ Head Coach Joe Frost, he said, “I think everyone did their role really well, everyone’s not trying to do more than they’re supposed to, which is what gave us this really fun game.”
He added, “It’s the first time in the two years I’ve been here to get them; my whole family’s from Columbus and this will give me something to talk about at Christmas.”

For the boys, they shut down the Sailors early in the game. In the first half, the Cyclones’ Ki Jenkins scored 5 points and Sam Joerger scored 3 points while Zach Miller played a good defense. The Cyclones continued to score and, at halftime, the Sailors had scored 18 points while the Cyclones had scored 35 points.

In the second half, the Cyclones continued to score and, in the third quarter alone, Zach Miller scored 10 points and the Sailors only scored 11. The Cyclones kept scoring until the game ended 65-36.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone boys’ varsity Coach Kyle Matthias, he said, “I was really proud of how our seniors hustled, they came out with an attitude and showed good leadership.”

He added, “Columbus took us out last year so it was nice to come back and beat them.”

This Friday, the teams will travel to Dike-New Hartford and on Monday, Jan. 15, they host Wapsie Valley at the Cyclone Center.
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