Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson girls commit 26 turnovers, drop game to Urbandale

Thomas Jefferson’s Lateah Willie is pressured by Urbandale’s Maya Gyamfi as she shoots during the fourth quarter.

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson girls experienced it last year in the regional semifinals against Southeast Polk.

And they experienced it Saturday afternoon from another central Iowa team, Urbandale.

“It’s the physicality,’’ T.J. coach Devin Schoening said. “What we don’t see is that kind of physicality on this side of the state. … It’s the strength. It’s the size. We didn’t respond to it as well as I’d hoped.

“Urbandale plays teams like that every night. We don’t. And I think that’s the difference.’’

The Yellow Jackets committed 26 turnovers, falling behind by scores of 15-2 and 30-8 in a 71-44 loss to Urbandale in nonconference basketball play at the Thomas Jefferson Activities Center.

The T.J. coaching staff saw the game as a measuring stick. Urbandale improved its record to a modest 7-5, but it has played the 15th-toughest schedule among Iowa’s 352 teams, according to stats guru Brent Moore’s figures.

“They backed down a little bit from physicality,’’ Schoening said of his team, which dropped to 6-3. “Our last message before going out was, ‘Be physical. Take it at them offensively. Take it at them defensively.’ And at times I didn’t feel we did that.’’

T.J. coughed it up 10 times in the first quarter in falling behind 19-8. The J-Hawks stretched their lead to 38-20 at the half.

Junior Maya Gyamfi and freshman sister Jada Gyamfi, who are both 6-foot-1, did plenty of the damage for Urbandale. Maya Gyamfi led all scorers with 19 points and Jada added 12. They both hit 3-pointers. DeeDee Pryor, a speedy 5-7 senior point guard who will play at Creighton, added 10 points along with an outstanding floor game.

T.J. forced 22 turnovers itself, but couldn’t generate enough offense from it. Junior Allison Schubert led the Jackets with 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Allisa Schubert added eight, while LaTeah Willie and Hannah Belt had seven each.

Urbandale (7-5).............................19 19 9 24—71

At CB Thomas Jefferson (6-3).........8 12 10 14—44

U: Maya Gyamfi 19, Jada Gyamfi 12, DeeDee Pryor 10, Faith Putz 9, Mylea Cole 8, Kelsey Heller 5, Abby Burk 3, Sierra Herzberg 3, Madi Lynch 2, Loraine Koua 0, Macy Gaskill 0.

TJ: Allison Schubert 14, Allisa Schubert 8, LaTeah Willie 7, Hannah Belt 7, Jasmine Ramos 3, Ellie Perrine 3, Morgan Gant 2, Suzie Miller 0, Alexis Exley 0.

Urbandale boys 73, CB Thomas Jefferson 53

The good news for Thomas Jefferson boys fans is their team made a sparkling 11 for 19 (57.9 percent) from 3-point range.

The bad news is that seven of the 11 came in the second half, after the Yellow Jackets already had dug a 20-point halftime hole Saturday on the way to a 73-53 loss to Urbandale.

Cal Watson, a 6-5 junior, led Urbandale with 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting.

Thomas Jefferson was shorthanded, playing without starter Quran Owens and key reserve Christian Contreras (coach’s decisions). Another starter, Wimach Gilo, went down in the first quarter with what coach Nate Kreifels said appeared to be a collarbone injury.

Cameron Lukavsky, a 5-11 senior, led T.J. with 18 points and four assists, hitting 4 of 4 from 3-point range and 6 of 9 on all field goals.

Urbandale (3-6)...........................21 20 16 16—73

At CB Thomas Jefferson (1-7)........10 11 16 16—53

U: Drew Dykstra 4-7 1-1 10, Alex Economos 1-3 0-0 2, Will Pattison 5-6 0-1 10, Chance Knox 4-7 0-0 10, Cal Watson 10-13 0-0 20, Seth Anderson 4-9 1-2 9, Dillon Kuehl 1-4 0-0 2, Matt Brockway 0-1 0-0 0, Luke Sams 3-3 0-0 6, Alex Augustine 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Brundage 1-2 0-0 2, Sam Rempe 0-1 0-0 0, Alex McConkey 1-1 0-0 2, Harrison Waylee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 34-58 2-4 73.

TJ: Mohamed Ibar 2-7 0-0 6, Cameron Lukavsky 6-9 2-2 18, Beayha Gilo 5-7 1-3 14, Wimach Gilo 0-0 0-0 0, Jermaine Green 0-2 1-2 1, Reese Schlotfeld 3-4 2-4 8, Austin Schubert 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Cillura 0-0 0-0 0, Amer Ibar 2-3 0-0 6, Juan Linares 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-34 6-11 53.

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