Spartan girls split first two games: What we learned from Collins-Maxwell's win over W-G, loss to SH

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Erica Houge

The Collins-Maxwell girls had an up-and-down start to the 2021 high school basketball season.

The Spartans trounced Woodward-Granger in their opener, 57-32, Nov. 19 in Maxwell. But they struggled at South Hamilton Nov. 23, falling by a 59-23 score to start off the season at 1-1.

Collins-Maxwell was dominant from the start against Woodward-Granger. But the Spartans dug themselves far too deep of a hole to dig out of against South Hamilton.

The Raiders will look to learn from the two games to become more consistent as the season progresses. Here is what we learned from their first two games:

Erica Houge is the real deal

The multitalented athlete was on top of her game in the season opener versus Woodward-Granger.

Houge was 12 of 21 from the field with three 3-pointers and 5 of 8 from the line in scoring a career-high 32 points. She also dished out five assists in the win.

South Hamilton was a much tougher challenge for Houge. But she still performed well in recording eight points and four rebounds.

Wierson making her presence known

Collins-Maxwell needed someone to fill the void left by all-state forward Reagan Franzen — a double-double machine. 

Chloe Wierson has stepped up and performed admirably over the first two games.

Wierson had 13 points and eight rebounds in the victory over Woodward-Granger. She finished with nine points and two boards against South Hamilton.

Spartans need other players to step up

No other player besides Houge or Wierson scored more than six points against Woodward-Granger. Houge and Wierson were the only players to net more than two points in the loss to South Hamilton.

Alexis Houge tallied six points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists versus Woodward-Granger. She was held scoreless by South Hamilton, but did have four assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Kenzi Wierson put up four points, four assists and three steals and Marissa Boege scored two points against Woodward-Granger. Kenzi Wierson added two points and nine boards against South Hamilton and Boege and Jane'e Jones both chipped in two points.

Rebounding must improve

Collins-Maxwell and Woodward-Granger both finished their game with 25 rebounds. But the Spartans were completely overpowered on the glass versus South Hamilton, losing the rebounding battle by a 42-23 margin, including 17-8 on the offensive glass.