With the regular season winding down, there were only four games on the area basketball schedule on Friday night. Newton played a Little Hawkeye Conference road doubleheader. In a Jasper County non-conference boys' contest, Baxter was at Lynnville-Sully. Prairie City-Monroe's boys play at Saydel in a Heart of Iowa Conference game.
Indianola girls 54, Newton girls 41
INDIANOLA — It was a game of two halves on Friday. Newton High’s Cardinal girls controlled the first half but the hosting Indianola Indians used a 21-7 run in the third quarter to claim a 54-41 win over the Cardinals in Little Hawkeye Conference play.
‘We played as good as we have all year in the first half, especially defensively,” Newton head coach Jason Carter said. “Indianola came out with more intensity in the third quarter and we turned the ball over. Most of our turnovers in the game came in that quarter.”
Newton shot out to a 12-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and was up 22-15 at halftime. Indianola came out ramping up the defensive pressure and took advantage of Cardinal turnovers.
The Indians pushed out to a 36-29 advantage in the third quarter. The Cardinals battled back to make it 38-35 with 5:45 left in the game. They got no closer as Indianola stayed on top for the win.
Peyton Maher led the Cardinals with 12 points, Aurora Nehring and Mackensie Brown each had nine points. Chassidy Henwood had six points, Rachel Rhoads tossed in four and Mackenzie Baker had one point.
Newton is 2-11 in LHC play and 3-16 overall. The Cardinals play a rescheduled LHC game on Saturday at Class 4A No. 4 Grinnell (11-0, 15-2) to concluded their regular season.
Indianola boys 76, Newton boys 47
INDIANOLA — Newton High’s Cardinal boys broke out to a 4-1 lead against host Indianola. The Indians proved too much in the long run as the Cardinals lost 76-47 on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Cardinals to 0-12 in Little Hawkeye Conference and 0-16 overall. Newton plays at Chariton on Saturday and at Winterset on Monday. The Cardinals have two rescheduled LHC games next week — home on Tuesday against Oskaloosa and at Grinnell on Friday.
Indianola, which is 13-3 overall now and 8-3 in the conference, broke open a back-and-forth game to lead 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians outscored the Cardinals 18-12 in the second period to lead 37-20 at the break.
The Indians rolled on a 27-10 scoring surge in the third quarter for a 64-30 lead. The Cardinals finished off the game on a 17-12 run but the damage had been done.
Newton was also on the short end of the rebounding battle, 35-19. Kaleb Dydell had four rebounds and one steal for the Cardinals. Noah Allen had three assists.
Adam Mattes fired in 17 points for the Cardinals. Allen had eight points and Dydell had seven points.
Indianola got 27 points from Evan Gauger, and 14 points each from Quinn Vesey and Tyce Johnson. Matt Deike added 10 points.
Baxter boys 61, Lynnville-Sully boys 52
SULLY — Deadlocked 40-40 at halftime the visiting Baxter Bolts and the Lynnville-Sully Hawk boys staged a great Jasper County showdown Friday night. They were tied a 52-all with less than four minutes to go in the non-conference game.
Baxter nailed down a big road win by holding the Hawks scoreless the rest of the way and the Bolts pouring in 11 points. The Bolts improved 9-9 overall with a 61-52 win. The Hawks fell to 14-5.
The Bolts had the hot hand, shooting 50 percent overall, 23-of-46. They netted 11-of-22 3-pointers and were 12-of-24 from 2-point range. They sank 4-of-9 from the free-throw line.
“I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. Unfortunately we ran into a Baxter team that really shot it,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Nick Harthoorn said. “We have to find a way to be more consistent from half to half.”
Will Clapper had a double-double for the Bolts with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Carter Nelson dropped in 13 points and Kael Johnston had 12 points. Johnston had two steals and Cole Damman dished out three assists.
Lynnville-Sully shot 34 percent, 19-of-56, from the field, hitting 10-of-29 3-point attempts. The Hawks were 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Baxter had a 30-25 rebounding edge.
Lynnville-Sully’s Rylan James produced a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tyson Vander Linden fired in 10 points and had eight assists. Bray Noun Harder had 10 points and Blaize Kuhlmann made three steals.
Baxter plays at Colo-NESCO on Saturday to conclude the regular season. Lynnville-Sully hosts BGM on Monday in South Iowa Cedar League finale.
Lynnville-Sully and Baxter enter Class 1A District 9 play on Thursday.
PCM boys 76, Saydel 48
DES MOINES — Andrew Van Ryswyk led a balanced offensive attack, and Prairie City-Monroe's boys' basketball team blew out Saydel on the road during a Heart of Iowa Conference play on Friday night.
The Mustangs led 25-12 after one quarter, outscored the Eagles 38-23 in the second half and defeated Saydel 76-48.
Van Ryswyk had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Reed Worth chipped in 14 points and three assists and Isaac Telfer added nine points and three assists.
Derek Brown finished with nine points, four rebounds and four assists, Jason Stafford tallied eight points, six rebounds and four assists and Gatlin Boell collected eight points and six boards.
The Mustangs (11-7 overall, 10-3 in HOIC play) hit 14 3-pointers, led by four from Worth and three each from Van Ryswyk and Brown.
Saydel (5-15, 1-11) buried seven 3-pointers.
PCM hosts South Hardin in a make-up game at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Monroe.