Newton’s team lose in non-conference play Friday. Collins-Maxwell/Baxter, Lynnville-Sully and Prairie City-Monroe split road doubleheaders while Colfax-Mingo’s teams remain winless.
Newton girls fall to third-ranked Ballard
NEWTON — Newton’s Cardinals proved they can play with any team. The NHS girls played to within four points of the third-ranked team in Class 4A Friday night.
Unfortunately, following the break, the visiting Ballard Bombers cashed in on a rash of Cardinal miscues to gain a 37-24 lead in the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Cardinals weren’t able to recover, losing 57-41.
“We came out and played well, but for whatever reason, we came out flat in the second half. You can’t do that against a good team like Ballard,” Newton girls’ head coach Brandon Sharp said. “We made 14 of our 25 turnovers in the second half. We have to take care of the basketball better.”
Newton led 16-11 with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Ballard responded with five straight points to forge a 16-16 tie. The Bombers pushed out to a 25-16 lead but back came the Cardinals on back-to-back baskets by Shelby Gray. It was 28-24 at halftime.
Gray finished with 10 points for Newton. Michaela Jacobsen fired in 15 points.
Ballard got 22 points from Emily Knittel and 17 points from Gabie Doud. Jenna Moody hit for 13 points.
Newton fell to 2-7 on the season. The Cardinals step back into Little Hawkeye Conference play Tuesday at home against Dallas Center-Grimes.
Newton boys' comeback falls short
BONDURANT — Newton's boys basketball team went into the break preaching inside toughness and defense as the two thing that needed the most improvement. After taking a loss at Bondurant-Farrar on Friday night, those two things are still a concern.
Newton lost to the Bluejays, 76-66.
The Bluejays pounded the ball inside on the Cardinals, scoring bucket after bucket in the paint. Most of the inside scoring came towards the start of the second half, with Bluejay senior center Sam Duffy picking up 18 points.
B-F Junior Tyvin Riley and senior Drake Fuller poured in 19 points each to lead the Bluejays.
Newton played the Bluejays tight throughout the first half, trailing by just one point going into halfitme. The Cards had some trouble coming out of the break and fell behind by 18 points with two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Cards seemed destined for a blowout, when they mounted a comeback attempt on the back on junior Tyler Wood. Wood nailed a contested 3-pointer early in the fourth to pull Newton within eight. He soon knocked down another shot from long distance off a screen, closing the gap to three. Down, 66-61, freshman Connor Gholson missed a 3-pointer, which was rebounded by Wood and promptly put back for a bucket and a foul to pull Newton within one.
B-F was able to hold on, though, sinking free throws in the final minutes to pull awa for the win. Wood finished with 27 points, and Newton is now 3-5 on the season.
CMB girls win third in a row; boys’ win streak halted
JEWELL — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s girls are on a roll — a three-game win roll. The Raider girls posted their first Heart of Iowa Conference win Friday, beating South Hamilton 44-37.
CMB’s senior Abbie Haupert reached the 1,000-point career mark in leading the Raider girls to their third straight win. Haupert scored 24 points to get to 1,001 points She also had 17 rebounds and five steals. Lexi Breon tossed in 15 points and dishedout nine assists.
The Raider boys saw their six-game winning streak come to an end. They dropped a 65-48 decision to South Hamilton. The Hawks held the Raiders to just six points in the first quarter and led 32-13 at halftime.
Bryce Kemp was the lone Raider to score in double-digits with 19 points. He also had eight rebounds. CMB shot a cold 30 percent from the field.
South Hamilton’s Trevor Ullestad hit four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points. Collin Hill had 14 points for the Eagles and Ross Enderson downed three 3-pointers as he scored 13 points.
Lynnville-Sully girls win, boys lose
BROOKLYN — Coming off the holiday break, Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk basketball teams were on the road in South Iowa Cedar League play Friday.
The Class 1A fourth-ranked Hawk girls took care of business, defeating host B-G-M 45-34. They led the Beas 30-14 at halftime.
Lynnville-Sully’s girls were led by Lyndsay Terpstra with 16 points. Cassie Cullen had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Lynsdra James made four steals.
B-G-M’s girls were paced by Kayleen Beck with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Lynnville-Sully’s boys came up short against B-G-M, losing 46-41. The Hawks had the Bears where they wanted them, leading 33-30 after three quarters. B-G-M outscored Lynnville-Sully 16-8 in the final eight minutes for the win.
T.J. Cunningham and Ben Trettin each had 10 points for the Hawks. Kyle VanDyke controlled 11 rebounds.
The Bears were led by Kyle Gritsch with 27 points and Kaiden Fiebelkorn with 10 points.
PCM boys hammer Comets; girls take loss
ALLEMAN — Prairie City-Monroe's boys continued to roll after coming off the winter break with a 68-29 win over the North Polk Comets.
PCM suffocated the Comets from the start with stifling defense and continued to apply pressure until the final horn sounded. The win for the Mustangs brings the team to 7-0 on the season.
PCM has a matchup with Saydel Tuesday, followed by a big HOI game against Nevada in Monroe Friday.
PCM's girls did not have the same success against the Comets. North Polk's girls were able to hold off the visiting Mustangs for a 54-47 win at home.
PCM's girls fall to 6-4 on the year with the loss, with all four losses coming away from the Monroe gym. They travel to Saydel on Tuesday in search of their elusive first road win.
Tigerhawk teams swept at Saydel
SAYDEL — Colfax-Mingo's girls and boys came away with similar losses at Saydel on Friday. The girls took a 68-30 loss, while the boys fell by a final score of 67-25.
C-M's girls got off to a rocky start, falling behind 19-4 after the first quarter. C-M found its scoring, but couldn't keep pace with the Eagles. Senior McKenzie Cogley led C-M with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Tigerhawk boys fell behind big from the start and continued to lose ground throughout the game. Saydel got on top 20-4 after the first quarter and led 42-11 at halftime.
Colin Lourens was the lone Tigerhawk in double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting.