SULLY — In a South Iowa Cedar League showdown Friday night, Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk boys were after their eighth straight win. Standing in the way were Montezuma’s Braves, who came in determined to avenge a loss to the Hawks on their home court in December.
It 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. The Braves edged the Hawks, 53-52.
Lynnville-Sully’s girls had little trouble in a 60-27 win over Montezuma. The Hawk girls, ranked fifth in Class 1A, led 40-14 at halftime.
Lynnville-Sully’s teams host North Mahaska Tuesday.
For the Hawk boys, T.J. Cunningham poured in 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made two steals. Ben Trettin added 14 points. Jake Brand dished out three assists and Darin Hofer controlled 10 rebounds.
“It was a tough loss for us,” said Nick Harthoorn, L-S boys’ head coach. “We needed to do a few little things better to come out on top. We must do a better job of taking care of the basketball and rebounding.”
Montezuma had one player reach double-digit scoring. Brody McKeag scored 16 points. Seven other players scored three or more points to boost the Braves to the win.
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.
Jade Van Rees had five assists and Cullen made three steals.
This was a great effort by the girls. They set the tone for the whole game on the defensive end not letting Montezuma get into their offense,” said Jerry Hulsing, L-S girls’ head coach. “We rebounded the basketball well tonight and that let us get out and run the floor getting open looks at the basket. This is the best all around game the we have played all season.”
The Braves got seven points each from Mackenzie James and Courtney Petersen.
Montezuma — McKeag 16, Wilhelm 5, Hasley 7, Sutfin 5, Price 3, Gregson 8, Barker 3, Thomason 6.
Lynnville-Sully — Cunningham 17, Trettin 14, Brand 4, Ehresman 7, Van Dyke 2, Hofer 8.
Montezuma — James 7, Petersen 7, Norris 5, Maschmann 4, Peters 2, Gatton 2.
Lynnville-Sully — James 23, Terpstra 11, Cullen 10, Van Wyk 6, M. Vos 4, Van Rees 2, Ehresman 2, Rasmusson 2.