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Game Time regular season concludes tonight

BY JACOB SHEYKO | JULY 17, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Game Time League will conclude its regular season tonight. It will be the fifth week of the summer action in North Liberty, but it may also be the most important.

Both contests have playoff implications for each team. Some teams still find themselves vying for a playoff spot; others would like to improve their already-secured playoff position with a higher seeding.

Falling under the category of looking to improve their seeding are both teams in the early game. Melissa Dixon’s and Claire Till’s team will take on Theairra Taylor’s team at 6 p.m.

The matchup could be a preview of the league championship game — both teams have shown in the regular season that they may be the best of the bunch. Dixon’s team has yet to lose a game, winning its first three matchups, and Taylor’s team is second in the Game Time standings with a 2-1 record.

“We have to guard their 3-point shooters. They run and gun,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, they’ll be off.”

Dixon and Taylor have each assumed the scoring role during the summer months. They come into the contest averaging 35 and 22 points per game, respectively.

The matchup between Dixon and Taylor provides plenty of curiosity, but the game may be decided in the paint. Dixon’s team has gotten by with limited size down low throughout the regular season. If that style of small ball is ever going to hurt the team, it may be tonight.

Two lethal post threats anchor Taylor’s team: Kiah Stokes and Kayla Timmerman. Both stand at 6-3 and routinely send shots back to where they came from. The matchup will fall on the shoulders of Till, who at 6-foot often plays center for her team.

Headlining the late matchup is Sam Logic’s and Alexa Kastanek’s team facing off against Morgan Johnson and Kali Peschel’s team at 7:30 p.m. This matchup pits the two worst teams, record-wise, against each other. But it also plays a large factor in the playoff picture.

If Johnson’s team comes out on top, it will share a 1-3 record with Logic’s team, leaving the two teams’ playoff aspirations to a coin flip.

Logic’s play in the summer has been impressive — the 5-9 guard has flourished in every facet of her game. She’s done everything for her team and has made it a routine to fall a couple of assists short of a triple-double every week. Logic has averaged 28.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game this summer.

“We’re starting to mesh, and it’s a fun experience,” Kastanek said. “We’re having fun and having a good time.”

Logic could find herself in a matchup that is more familiar than any other she has faced before — her sister. Logic’s sister, Brette Logic, is a member of Johnson and Peschel’s team and will play for St. Ambrose this fall.

The matchup between the two should provide fans with a little sibling competition.

“We played in high school for two years together. And then before that, my sixth and seventh grade years,” Sam Logic said. “We haven’t really played against each other too much except in the driveway one-on-one. It’ll be fun.”


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