Newton and Lynnville-Sully’s girls opened the 2016-17 season at home Friday night while Colfax-Mingo and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter girls were on the road. Newton, Lynnville-Sully and CMB claimed victories and Colfax-Mingo lost a close one.
Newton 57, Bondurant-Farrar 14
NEWTON — Bondurant-Farrar’s lone senior player Emily Dearden connected for the opening basket of Friday night’s game against host Newton. It was the only field goal given up by Newton High’s Cardinals in a 57-14 runaway victory in the Newton Cardinal 2016 Girls Basketball Tournament.
Newton’s win set up a rematch of the 2015 tournament championship game with Carlisle. The Class 4A preseason No. 9-ranked Carlisle Wildcats held off North Polk’s Comets for a 60-53 win in the tournament opener Friday night.
The Cardinals take on the Wildcats at 3 p.m. Saturday in the tournament championship game. Carlisle defeated Newton in last year’s title contest, but the teams had to wait a month to play it because of inclement weather.
Bondurant-Farrar plays North Polk at 1 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game at NHS.
“One our our biggest goals as a team this year is to be the most energetic team in the state on the court every night,” Newton head coach Brandon Sharp said. “Tonight, we had stretches where we were just that, then when things started to go not so well our youth took over. We’re learning to grow.”
Junior Randi Walters nailed a 3-pointer at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter to put Newton in front for good. Newton senior guard Ryanne Rausch tossed in two free throws and hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 8-2. By the end of the period, Newton held a commanding 18-2 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, the Cardinals’ advantage surged to 30-2. Alynn Eichmeyer sank 1-of-2 free throws with 3:28 on the clock for Bondurant-Farrar. Newton controlled a 32-6 halftime lead.
The Cardinals opened with an 11-0 run in the third quarter led by Walters. Walters finished with 12 points in the game. Rausch added 10 points.
Bondurant was 12-of-25 from the free-throw line in the game. Eichmeyer led the Lady Jays with five points, going 5-of-6 at the line.
“I’m happy with the effort of the kids. They did a nice job with executing our game plan, which is to get out and running, playing defense and working to get good shots,” Sharp said. “We will have to play more consistent basketball Saturday against a more experience Carlslie team.”
Carlisle led North Polk 20-8 with 5:20 left in the second quarter. North Polk closed the gap to trail 27-25 at halftime. North Polk took a 35-33 lead at the 4:10 mark of the third quarter, but Carlisle went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead, 41-35 by the end of the period.
Carlisle stayed in front to get the 60-53 win to advance to Saturday’s tournament championship game. Senior Agatha Beier scored 24 points and freshman Meredith Hoffmann had 12 points for Carlisle. North Polk’s senior Rachel Scott hit four 3-pointers on her way to 18 points.
Lynnville-Sully 51, Iowa Valley 28
SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to gain control of the 2016-17 season opener Friday night against Iowa Valley. The Hawks treated the hometown fans to a 51-28 victory.
“The girls really played well on the defensive end. I was real happy how we communicated and got through screens, forcing Iowa Valley to shoot from outside with a hand in their face,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Jerry Hulsing said.
Lynnville-Sully led Iowa Valley by three points, 11-8, after one quarter. The Hawk girls stretched their 30-12 halftime lead with a 9-6 scoring surge in the third quarter.
The Hawks’ defense held Iowa Valley to 18 percent shooting from field goal range. Lynnville-Sully shot 31 percent, 20-of-63, from the field. Both teams hit seven free throws.
“On offense, we did a pretty good job of moving the ball and finding the open girls. We missed a couple opportunities but overall it was a good start. I thought we did a good job of rebounding,” Hulsing said.
Senior Brenna Lanser and sophomore Carson Fisk each recorded a double-double on the first night of the season. Lanser scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Fisk tossed in 10 points and had 12 rebounds. Each of them had three steals and Fisk dished out four assists.
Lynnville-Sully (1-0) is off until it hosts BGM on Nov. 29 in Sully.
CMB 41, Woodward-Granger 36
WOODWARD — A big fourth quarter propelled the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter girls basketball team to a season-opening win over Woodward-Granger on Friday.
The Raiders led 13-12 at the break, trailed 30-23 after three quarters but outscored the Hawks 18-6 in the final frame to win by five.
Senior Sydney Ziesman led the Raiders (1-0) with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Sailor Hinegardner had nine points and junior Brianda Bane tallied eight points and five rebounds. Senior Mikayla Eslinger grabbed nine boards.
CMB won the game despite only shooting 31 percent from the floor, including 3-of-14 from long range.
The Raiders were 14-of-22 from the foul line. Ziesman connected on 8-of-11 from the stripe, while Bane buried 6-of-8.
CMB hosts Class 4A No. 11 Nevada at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Martensdale-St. Marys 44, Colfax-Mingo 37
MARTENSDALE — The Tigerhawks couldn't hold a halftime lead on the road in their season opener.
Colfax-Mingo led 21-15 at the break but was outscored 29-16 in the final two quarters. The Blue Devils led 32-31 after three quarters and then pulled away in the fourth.
Senior Dakota Hostetter scored nine points, grabbed 13 rebounds, had five steals and dished out five assists in the loss, while junior McKeely Tjaden scored a team-high 11 points. Senior Amy Russell chipped in six points, and sophomore Mackensie Brown tallied five points.
The Tigerhawks (0-1) were 5-for-12 from the free throw line. Tjaden was 4-for-4.
Colfax-Mingo is off until Nov. 29 when it travels to North Mahaska for a girl-boy varsity doubleheader that starts at 6 p.m.