MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustang boys have strung two Heart of Iowa Conference wins together to halt a four-game losing skid. They outlasted visiting Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Raiders, 67-55, Friday night.
The Raiders had won seven games in a row until taking on the Mustangs. The teams were tied for second in the conference with 10-3 HOIC marks.
PCM’s 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.
CMB’s Abbie Haupert had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lexi Breon dished out six assists. Mackenzie Schmitz and Haupert each had two steals.
The PCM and CMB girls play again Feb. 10 at Baxter in a game rescheduled from Jan. 20.
In the boys’ contest, CMB and PCM waged a great HOIC battle on the court. The Raiders had bolted to an 8-2 lead, which turned into a 21-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Baskets by Logan Gilman and Dillon Bruxvoort moved the Mustangs into a 21-21 tie early in the second period. Those were countered by field goals by CMB’s Seth Balke and Bryce Kemp on the inside to take a 25-21 lead.
The Raiders were up 28-23 midway through the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Ryan Jennings triggered a 14-5 run for the Mustangs, who had a 37-33 halftime lead.
Five straight points from Austin Moorman lifted CMB to within one point, 39-38, by the 6-30 mark of the third quarter. Over the next two minutes, PCM had a 10-0 run putting the Mustangs up 49-38.
The Raiders couldn’t counter, trailing 54-43 going into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs outscored the Raiders 13-12 in the final eight minutes.
Bruxvoort paced the Mustangs with 27 points, five rebounds and five assists. PCM spread the basketball around with 22 assists. Devon Woody dished out seven assists. Gilman scored 20 points plus had two steals. Jennings, who had four 3-pointers in the game, added 13 points.
CMB was led by Moorman’s 21 points. Moorman drained six 3-pointers in the game. Balke had 14 points plus 10 rebounds and Kemp scored 10 points. Zach Samson grabbed eight rebounds and Tommy Galloway handed out five assists.
These Heart of Iowa rivals play again on Feb. 14 in Baxter in a game reschedule from Dec. 20.
On Tuesday, the CMB teams host South Hamilton and PCM’s squads are at North Polk.
CMB — Moorman 1/6-1-4-21, Galloway 0/1-0-1-3, Samson 2-1-5-5, Balke 1/2-6-2-14, Kemp 5-0-4-10, Girard 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 10/9-8-17-55.
PCM — Uhlenhopp 3-0-4-6, Lindsay 1-0-2-2, Reeve 0-0-1-0, Jennings 0/4-1-3-13, Woody 0-1-2-1, Bruxvoort 11-5-1-27, Gilman 9-0-2-18. TOTALS: 24/4-7-15-67.
CMB — Scmitz 1-1-3-3, Titter 1-0-0-2, Hurley 0/1-0-4-3, Ziesman 0-0-2-0, Eslinger 1-0-0-2, Haupert 8-3-1-19, Breon 0/2-0-1-6. TOTALS: 11/3-4-11-35.
PCM — VanHouweling 4/2-5-3-16, Kain 4-0-2-8, Vos 2-0-1-4, Gulling 2-0-1-4, VandeWall 1-1-0-3, Freland 3/2-1-3-13, Gilson 4-0-3-8, Jennings 0-1-1-1. TOTALS: 20/3-8-14-57.