Five area high school girls’ basketball teams began the 2013-14 season Friday night. Two claimed wins at home while the other three lost their openers. Here’s a brief look at Friday’s games:
Carlisle 51, Newton 33
NEWTON — Struggling to score points in the first half Friday night, Newton Senior High’s Cardinal girls lost their 2013-14 basketball season opener. The Cardinals dropped a 51-33 decision to Carlisle’s Wildcats in the opening round of the 2013 Newton Cardinal Hy-Vee Girls’ Basketball Invitational.
The loss put Newton into the consolation game against Des Moines Christian at 3 p.m. Saturday. Des Moines Christian came up short, 47-45, against preseason-ranked Bondurant-Farrar.
Bondurant-Farrar, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, plays Carlisle at 5 p.m. for the tournament championship. The all-tournament team will be announced following the title game then comes a three-point field goal shooting contest.
“We weren’t ready to play tonight. We understand we have a lot of things to work on,” said Newton head coach Brandon Sharp. “In the second half, we started to look like we knew what we were doing, but we had such a big hole to dig out of, it was tough.”
The Wildcats rolled to a 16-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and were ahead of the Cardinals 25-11 at halftime. Newton cut the deficit to 10 points, 39-29, with just under six minutes to play.
That was as close as the Cardinals got.
Sophomore Hannah Rhoads came off the bench to lead the Cardinals with 10 points. Michaela Jacobsen had seven points.
Newton (0-1) plays Saturday in its tournament then plays at home Monday against Perry.
Lynnville-Sully 42, English Valleys 39
SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks held off English Valleys’ Bears, 42-39, Friday night to begin the 2013-14 basketball season.
The Hawks got the edge in the second quarter to go up 24-21 by halftime. The teams played it close in the second half with Lynnville-Sully notching win.
Lyndsay Terpstra topped the scoring chart for the Hawks with 13 points, and dished out four assists.
Lynnville-Sullu (1-0) hosts Sigourney Tuesday.
Pella Christian 59, Martensdale-St. Marys 48
PELLA — Pella Christian’s Eagles upended visting Martnesdale-St. Marys, 59-48, Friday night for a 1-0 start to the 2013-14 basketball season.
Martensdale-St. Marys was ranked No. 12th in Class 1A in the Iowa girls’ preseason basketball poll announced Friday afternoon.
The Eagles built a 12-point halftime advantage, 32-20. They staved off a strong challenge by the Blue Devils in the back-and-forth second half.
Pella Christian (1-0) plays at home Tuesday against Albia.
Woodward-Granger 43, CMB 39
MAXWELL — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter could not have imagined a much more exciting way to start the season, and despite the 43-39 loss, the Raiders showed the fight that they are going to need to get through a tough conference.
Woodward-Granger came out in a full court press and stayed in it throughout the game. At times, CMB was able to break it with ease, but the press did cause some confusion and force turnovers.
Senior Abbie Haupert’s play in the low post kept the Raiders close, as the game was tied 17-17 going into the half. W-G caught some momentum early on in the third quarter, taking a 27-21 lead.
The Hawks led 37-30 in the fourth quarter when CMB made its run. Haupert made a bucket at the rim after coming off a screen, and Bridget Hurley put in a layup and was fouled on the following possession. She missed the ensuing free throw, but Haupert grabbed the rebound and converted at the bucket.
Lexi Breon was fouled going up on the next possession. She made both free throws to give the Raiders a 38-37 lead. That lead was short lived. Hawks junior Tori Manning made a runner to take the lead for good. W-G converted its final four free throws to put the game out of reach.
Knoxville 59, PCM 56
KNOXVILLE — Putting themselves in a big first quarter hole, Prairie City-Monroe’s girls basketball team rallied back from behind, but the Mustangs couldn’t get all the way back, falling 59-56.
Knoxville’s Panthers opened the game on a big run, and they were ahead 20-7 after one quarter of play. PCM fought back with a run to end the half, pulling within seven points at the break 31-24.
PCM and Knoxville went back and forth in the third quarter, with the Panthers taking a 43-37 lead going into the final quarter. PCM rallied in the fourth, at one point pulling within one possession of the Panthers, with the ball. The Mustangs were not able to convert when they needed to, and Knoxville came away with the home victory.