BELLE PLAINE — Lynnville-Sully’s basketball teams pulled two games out of the fire Tuesday night in South Iowa Cedar League competition. The Hawk squads did it on the road against Belle Plaine.
The Hawk girls beat Belle Plaine 46-43 and the boys won 50-49. Both Lynnville-Sully teams used fourth-quarter rallies to record the victories.
“I have to give the girls credit for playing hard the whole game,” said Jerry Hulsing, Hawk girls’ head coach. “It was not always pretty, but we battled through the tough times. I think our defense was pretty good most of the night as our offense struggled. We missed several free throws down the stretch that would have seal the win earlier but we made just enough to hold on to win.”
After leading 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Hawk girls held a slim, 17-16, halftime lead. Belle Plaine outscored Lynnville-Sully 13-6 in the third period to take a 29-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Hawks finished with a 23-14 run for the win.
Cassie Cullen led all scorers with 21 points for the Hawks. She also had nine rebounds and four steals. Lysandra James pulled nine rebounds and was credited with seven of the team’s 21 steals. Madison Rasmusson had five steals.
Belle Plaine got 14 points and 16 rebounds from Kameo Pope. Marisa Pope added 12 points.
The Hawk boys trailed most of the game — 13-8 after one, 25-21 at halftime and 35-31 going into the fourth quarter. They turned it around in the final eight minutes, outscoring Belle Plaine 19-14 to secure the win.
“It was a tough ballgame, but I was proud of the way the guys kept fighting,” said Nick Harthoorn, L-S boys’ head coach. “We struggled offensively for much of the night, but we had some guys step up late when needed some plays.”
Ben Trettin fired in 14 points and had six rebounds for the Hawks. Darin Hofer tossed in 13 points and made three steals. Kyle Van Dyke pulled 15 rebounds. Sage Ehresman handed out three assists.
Trey Squiers scored 18 points for Belle Plaine. Justin Jacobi added 12 points.
Lynnville Sully’s teams are at home against Montezuma Friday.
Lynnville-Sully — Cullen 21, Terpstra 8, James 7, Rasmusson 6, Vos 2, Van Rees 2.
Belle Plaine — K. Pope 14, M. Pope 12, Bean 8, Gritton 6, Rich 2, O’Brien 1.
Lynnville-Sully — Cunningham 9, Trettin 14, Brand 2, Ehresman 4, Van Dyke 8, Hofer 13.
Belle Plaine — Squiers 18, Daily 6, Ehlen 8, Bholen 3, Jacobi 12, DeMeulenaere 2.