Newton’s boys attacked the basket against Knoxville and pulled away late for a win on Friday night. The Newton girls had a off-night and lost. In Heart of Iowa Conference play, the PCM boys and girls knock off rival CMB at home while Colfax-Mingo struggles at Roland-Story. Lynnville-Sully’s girls win big and the Hawk boys lose a close one.
Knoxville boys 81, Knoxville 68
KNOXVILLE — Shooting over 50 percent from everywhere on the court — outside the three-point arc, two-point range and the free-throw line — Newton’s Cardinal boys knocked down Knoxville’s Panthers Friday night. The Cardinals pulled away from their hosts in the fourth quarter for an 81-68 victory.
Leading the attack on the basket for the Cardinals were guards Chandler Sturtz and Tyler Wood. Sturtz finished with 25 points, going 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Wood downed 6-of-7 free throws on his way to 16 points.
Both Sturtz and Wood had two 3-pointers on the night. Connor Gholson came off the bench to drain three 3-pointers, ending up with 15 points. Newton was 9-of-17 from three-point range.
It was a back-and-forth game, with Newton up 31-30 at halftime. Newton outscored Knoxville, which put up 36 shots, hitting 12, from beyond the arc, 50-38 in the second half. The Cardinals were up 56-51 after three quarters.
Garrett Davis scored 20 points for the Panthers and Bryce Zoutte had 12 points. Each had four 3-pointers.
Newton improved to 6-4 in Little Hawkeye Conference play and 7-8 overall. The Cardinals head to Dallas Center-Grimes in conference action Tuesday.
Knoxville girls 49, Newton girls 38
KNOXVILLE — Newton’s girls found out how Pella Christian felt Tuesday on the road at Newton. Everything that could go wrong for the Cardinals did go wrong Friday night at Knoxville, losing 49-38.
Foul trouble put the Cardinals behind the eight-ball early. Michaela Jacobsen and Shelby Gray each had three fouls before the end of the first quarter. The Cards were down 13-8 after one quarter to the hosting Panthers. The Panthers pulled out to a 10-point lead in the second quarter.
Hannah Rhoads hit a 3-pointer for Newton just before halftime. The Cardinals were down 26-19 at the break. Knoxville used a 15-4 third-quarter run to establish complete control.
Rhoads led the Cardinals with seven points. Newton dropped to 5-12 overall and 5-5 in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
Ricki Hall paced Knoxville with 19 points and Meredith Cunningham added 17 points. The Panthers hit 22-of-32 free throws in the game.
Newton goes to Dallas Center-Grimes Tuesday in LHC action.
Lynnville-Sully girls roll; boys lose heartbreaker
SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s boys came up one point shy at home Friday against Montezuma’s Braves. The Braves edged the Hawks 53-52 in South Iowa Cedar League play.
Fifth-ranked Lynnville-Sully’s girls had little trouble in a 68-27 win over Montezuma. The Hawk girls led 40-14 at halftime.
Lysandra James poured in 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Hawk girls. Lyndsay Terpstra added 11 points and Cassie Cullen had 10 points. The Braves got seven points each from Mackenzie James and Courtney Petersen.
The boys’ showdown was close the entire way with Lynnville-Sully leading 28-24 at halftime. The Hawks were up 40-32 after three quarters, but the Braves outscored them 20-13 in the final eight minutes.
T.J. Cunningham led the Hawks with 17 points. Ben Trettin had 14 points. The Braves were paced by Brody McKeag with 16 points.
Lynnville-Sully’s teams host North Mahaska Tuesday.
PCM sweeps HOIC doubleheader with CMB
MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustang boys outlasted visiting Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Raiders, 67-55, in Heart of Iowa Conference play Friday night. The Mustangs shot 73 percent from the field to the Raiders’ 48 percent.
The PCM girls won their fourth game in a row with a 57-35 victory over the CMB Raider girls. The Lady Mustangs used a 20-3 first-quarter push to take control.
Courtney Van Houweling led PCM with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Feland chipped in with 13 points and had six steals. No individual information was available for the CMB girls.
In the boys’ contest, CMB and PCM waged a great HOIC battle on the court. The Mustangs had a 37-33 halftime lead. A 10-0 run by PCM in a two-minute span of the third quarter gave the Mustangs a 49-38 lead that the Raiders couldn’t counteract.
PCM got 25 points from Dillon Bruxvoort and 20 points from Logan Gilman. Ryan Jennings added 13 points. CMB was led by Austin Moorman’s 21 points, and Seth Balke had 14 points plus 10 rebounds and Bryce Kemp scored 10 points.
These Heart of Iowa rivals play again on Feb. 10 in Baxter. The PCM boys are at Knoxville today. On Tuesday, the CMB teams host South Hamilton and PCM’s squads are at North Polk.
Pella Christian teams beat Oskaloosa
PELLA — Being home did the the trick for the Pella Christian Eagle basketball teams Friday. The PC boys broke a five-game losing streak and the girls halted a four-game skid.
The Eagle girls defeated visiting Oskaloosa 46-33, using a 14-2 surge in the fourth quarter. Tessa Howerzyl scored 11 points for the Eagles and Hannah Beltman blocked nine Indian shots. Oskaloosa was led by Alexis Westercamp’s 11 points.
Pella Christian’s boys dominated the Oskaloosa Indians, 77-46. Coltin Collins paced the Eagles with 24 points.
The Eagles host Pella in Little Hawkeye Conference play Tuesday.
Colfax-Mingo squads lose on the road
STORY CITY — Colfax-Mingo’s Tigerhawk teams lost in Heart of Iowa Conference play Friday at Roland-Story.
Roland-Story’s girls beat the Tigerhawk girls 67-24. The Norsemen boys defeated the Tigerhawk boys 66-34.
There were no individual statistics available for Colfax-Mingo from Friday night’s games.
These teams turn around to play again Monday at Colfax in games rescheduled from Jan. 16.