MARENGO — Kyle VanDyke ruled the paint area all night for Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks against host Iowa Valley’s Tigers. The 6-5 sophomore poured in 16 points and controlled 16 rebounds in helping the Hawks claim a 73-61 win Monday night.
Twelve of VanDyke’s rebounds came off the defensive glass. Senior point guard T.J. Cunningham patrolled the outside for Lynnville-Sully. Cunningham tagged the nets for two 3-pointers with a team-high 21 points.
The Hawks trailed by two points, 23-21, at the end of the first quarter. They clamped down defensively, which fueled the offense. Lynnville-Sully led Iowa Valley 37-27 at halftime.
“We struggled to slow up Iowa Valley in the first quarter. We played much better defense in the second quarter holding Iowa Valley to four points,” said Nick Harthoorn, Hawk head coach.
Lynnville-Sully outscored Iowa Valley 20-14 in the third quarter to maintain its lead. The Tigers made a charge, 20-16, in the final eight minutes, but the Hawks stayed the course.
Along with VanDyke and Cunningham, the Hawks got 15 points from Ben Trettin. Lynnville-Sully shot 50 percent, 28-of-56, from the field. The Hawks sank 13-of-22 free throw attempts.
Darin Hofer pulled seven rebounds and made three assists. Trettin and Jake Brand each came up with three steals.
“It was nice to see a bunch of guys contribute offensively. We nearly had five players in double figures,” Harthoorn said. Hofer and Brand each had nine points.
Dakota Cooling drilled 6-of-10 shots from outside the three-point arc for the Tigers. Cooling finished with 29 points. Austin Schalbaugh added 11 points.
The Hawks improved to 8-3 on the season. They host Keota Friday.
Iowa Valley 23-4-14-20—61
Lynnville-Sully — Cunningham 5/2-5-2-21, Trettin 6-3-3-15, Brand 2/1-2-0-9, Ehresman 0/1-0-0-3, Zegers 0-0-2-0, Lirio 0-0-1-0, VanDyke 7-2-3-16, Hofer 4-1-4-9. TOTALS: 24/4-13-15-73.
Iowa Valley — Schalbaugh 5-1-4-11, Cooling 4/6-3-3-29, Gonzales 0-0-1-0, Russ 0-0-1-0, Collingwood 3-1-2-7, Carney 0-5-3-5, Krutsinger 3-3-5-9. TOTALS: 15/6-13-19-61.