National Exposure

Dancin' in Branson

Game Two

Coach Hiemstra looks on as the jump ball initiates the first game of the second round.

 

Cliff Warner gets the zero off the scoreboard by nailing a three-pointer.

 

Austin Katje had his stroke working as several early threes splashed through against a center-heavy zone.

 

During Trevor Wolterstorff's first rest, Coach Hiemstra shares some quick tips.

 

Jordan Vogel earns several trips to the line on strong, contested inside play that seems to result in a torn apparel.

 

A deep three that surprises the defense has Austin Katje really zeroed in.

 

Midway through the first half, TJ Malone enters the game to give Cliff Warner his only breather all game.

 

In his four plus minutes TJ fills in admirably, garnering two steals, a rebound, and a point.

 

The two starting guards celebrate another three. Between the two of them, they would finish the game 10 for 20 in that department. The threes help offset 14 first-half turnovers, and the Defenders enter halftime with a 17 point cushion.

 

The regular five take the court to start the second half.

 

A cold start to the second half has the coaching staff looking for answers.

 

The comfortable lead quickly evaporates giving Dale and all Defender fans severe anxiety.

 

Coach Douma's preferred method for every timeout is a coach huddle followed by team instruction.

 

To help ease her own anxiety, Barb Mellema makes small talk with several people on the floor level during the last few minutes of the game.

 

After a thunderous Jordan Vogel dunk when victory seems nearly inevitable, the team wrangles themselves toward the sideline for a last timeout.

 

The final buzzer. A quick celebration. Then hand-shaking.

 

A jaunt to the locker room allows for some loud celebrating to begin.

 

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