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Collins-Maxwell-Baxter got the better of Colfax-Mingo in county basketball action Friday night, as the Raider boys won 58-51 and the girls were victorious 47-34 in Baxter.

A big first quarter proved to be the difference maker for the Raider boys (5-15, 4-13 Heart of Iowa Conference), who were almost dead-even with the Tigerhawks (4-15, 2-15) for the remainder of the game. CMB led 14-9 after one, then held just a two-point edge in the remaining quarters.

Sophomore Bryce Kemp led the Raiders with 14 points, while junior Austin Moorman had 10. Junior Zach Samson narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

On the girls side, CMB (7-14, 5-12) used strong second and fourth quarters to pull away from Colfax-Mingo (2-18, 1-17). The Raiders led 9-4 after one, 25-14 at halftime and closed the game with a 22-20 second half.

Senior Sydnie Fahrney led the Tigerhawks with 12 points in the game, while fellow seniors Jade Lewis and Nicolette Husson were right behind with eight and six, respectively.

The Tigerhawks will host Eddyville-Blakesburg in Colfax tonight, while the Raiders will be off until postseason play begins against East Marshall on Saturday.

PCM hoops end regular season with sweep of Saydel

The Prarie City-Monroe boys showed no mercy to the Eagles of Saydel on Friday night, running away with a 75-29 victory. Leading the Mustangs in scoring was senior Nathan Vande Wall with 17 points on a very efficient 5 of 6 shooting performance.

Also filling up the stat sheet for the Mustangs were junior Dillon Bruxvoort with 15 and senior Ethan Kain with 11 points.

The win brings the Mustangs to an impressive 18-1 on the season with a 15-1 record in conference play.

The lady Mustangs put on an equally impressive showing against the Eagles’ girls squad, winning 61-35. The team as a whole was on fire, shooting nearly 58 percent from the floor and hitting 12 of their 17 free throw attempts. Junior Abbi Gilson led the Mustang charge with 18 points followed by senior Kelsey Townsend and sophomore Courtney Van Houweling, who each added 15 points.

Despite some ups and downs as far as on the court play is concerned, the Mustangs won their last 10 games in the regular season, finishing with an impressive 15-6 record.

Lynnville-Sully basketball teams split at BGM

Despite a second half charge, the Lynnville-Sully girls’ basketball team was unable to make up for their poor first half performance at BGM in Brooklyn on Friday. They fell to the Bears 49-37.

Coach Jerry Hulsing applauded his team’s effort, despite their somewhat poor shooting performance.

“The girls played hard again tonight unfortunately we could not get any shots to fall for us. We had some good looks, but they rimmed out,” Hulsing said. “BGM’s size gave us trouble in the full court. That led to some easy baskets for them.”

Leading the Hawks’ second half attempt at a comeback was sophomore Lysandra James. She put in a phenomenal stat line of 24 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough to lift her team past BGM. The Hawks host Tri-County Thornburg on Tuesday night.

The Lynnville-Sully boys had a much different experience at BGM than the girls did. Despite BGM giving the Hawks a great game at Sully, this one was not close. The Hawks dominated, winning 48-27.

Coach Nick Harthoorn was proud of the team’s defensive effort.

“We struggled offensively, but our defense was really solid,” Harthoorn said. “I thought the guys stayed mentally tough when things weren’t going our way. It was great to see them fight through adversity like that.”

Junior TJ Cunningham was the only Hawk in double digits with 16 points. Senior Cale Van Wyk provided a huge effort boost on the boards with 15 rebounds to go along with eight points. The win brings the Hawks to 16-2 on the season. They host Sigourney on Monday.

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