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Newton teams split LHC games at Indianola; Area Prep Basketball Roundup

Newton High senior Josh Ventling (32) brings the ball up the court against Boone in Tuesday's home game. 
The Cardinal boys and girls were on the road Friday at Indianola playing Little Hawkeye Conference 
games. Newton won the boys' game 57-40 while the Class 5A No. 2 Indianola girls beat the Cardinal girls, 
Newton High senior Josh Ventling (32) brings the ball up the court against Boone in Tuesday's home game. The Cardinal boys and girls were on the road Friday at Indianola playing Little Hawkeye Conference games. Newton won the boys' game 57-40 while the Class 5A No. 2 Indianola girls beat the Cardinal girls, 81-21.

Newton’s basketball teams opened Little Hawkeye Conference play Friday against host Indianola with the girls falling to the ranked Indianola girls and the Cardinal boys posting a victory over the Indians. Prairie City-Monroe swept a Heart of Iowa Conference doubleheader while Collins-Maxwell/Baxter dropped its HOIC twin bill.

In the South Iowa Cedar League conference, Lynnville-Sully and Colfax-Mingo collected sweeps.

Newton boys 57, Indianola 40

INDIANOLA — Newton High’s Cardinal boys played well down the stretch against a bigger Indianola Indian team Friday and won 57-40. The Cardinals went on the road to win their Little Hawkeye Conference opener and go 2-0 for the season.

“We executed well in the fourth quarter, getting the ball into the hands of the guys who could make the plays and make free throws,” Newton head coach Bill Liley said. “Indianola was well prepared for us, but our guys worked hard to get the win.”

Newton was up 16-10 after the first quarter and led 24-22 at halftime. The scoring slowed in the third period with Newton having a 10-6 edge. The Cardinals pulled away from the Indians on a 23-10 run in the fourth quarter.

Garrett Sturtz fired in 17 points, going 9-of-10 at the free-throw line, and had seven rebounds and four assists. Connor Gholson and Trey Vanderlaan each added 11 points. Vanderlaan dished out five assist and had three steals.

Liley said he was pleased Newton out-rebounded a bigger team for a second straight game. Josh Ventling pulled down six rebounds and Gholson had five rebounds.

Evan Gauger tossed in 17 points for Indianola.

Newton lost the junior varsity game, 53-47, and lost the freshman contest, 60-46.

Newton’s boys are home Tuesday in non-conference games against Nevada.

Indianola girls 81, Newton girls 21

INDIANOLA — Iowa Class 5A second-ranked Indianola’s Indians overwhelmed Newton High’s Cardinal girls Friday night. The Indians won the Little Hawkeye Conference game, 81-21.

Newton, which hadn’t played since Nov. 22, struggled against the Indians from the start. The Cardinals faced a 20-7 first-quarter deficit and trailed 50-14 at halftime.

“They are extremely good and there’s not a weak player on their roster,” Newton head coach Brandon Sharp said of Indianola. “They pressed us early. We had 22 turnovers in the game.”

The Indians return four of their starting five from a 5A state-tournament qualifying season a year ago. Indianola is in its first year as a member of the LHC, which has four ranked girls’ teams — the Indians in 5A, and in Class 4A, Pella is No. 1, Grinnell is No. 5 and Dallas Center-Grimes is 14th.

Marcelina Marvell hit two 3-pointers for a team-leading six points for Newton. Ellie Horn had four points.

Grace Berg paced Indianola with 21 points. Maggie McGraw had 16 points and Haley Vesey had 15 points.

Newton’s junior varsity lost to Indianola, 49-39.

Newton dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Cardinals step out of the conference to play at Marshalltown Thursday. They go to DCG next Friday in conference action.

Lynnville-Sully girls 46, North Mahaska girls 37

SULLY — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk girls were locked in a close battle on their home court Friday with the North Mahaska Warhawks. North Mahaska led 21-20 at halftime.

The turning point came in the third quarter as the Hawks cranked up their defensive effort holding the Warhawks to two points. Lynnville-Sully poured in 11 points to take the lead, but had to hold off a North Mahaska run at the end to win 46-37.

“I thought the girls played fairly well tonight on defense. In the first half we had a few break downs, but in the second half we played great team defense,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Jerry Hulsing said. “Being able to hold NM to two points in a quarter was big.”

Both team shot 42 percent from the field and hit six free throws. The Hawks held a 33-22 rebounding edge against the Warhawks. They scored 14 second -chance points to North Mahaska’s seven, and converted Warhawk turnovers into 13 points.

“Our offense was OK. It was good to see us execute with the game on the line. I liked how we attacked the boards and got several second chance points,” Hulsing said.

Carson Fisk led the Hawks with 13 points. Jelissa Rozendaal had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Brenna Lanser dished out four assists and had three steals.

North Mahaska got 13 points and five steals from Kassidi Steel and 11 points from Paige Layman.

Lynnville-Sully moved to 3-0 in South Iowa Cedar League action and overall. The Hawks play a non-conference game at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Saturday then step back in SICL play Tuesday at HLV.

Lynnville-Sully boys 55, North Mahaska boys 37

SULLY — Giving up no points in the first eight minutes of play while firing in 16 points provided Lynnville-Sully’s boys the clear edge in Friday night’s South Iowa Cedar League contest. The Hawks beat visiting North Mahaska, 55-37.

"We played solid defense for most of the game,” Hawk head coach Nick Harthoorn said. “Hopefully we can finish a little stronger the next night out. We did a better job on the boards than we did on Tuesday. Hopefully we can keep making strides in that area."

At halftime, the Hawks led the Warhawks, 27-10.

Brevin Hansen hit 3 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 15 points for the Hawks. Rylan James did damaged down low with 10 points. Jesse Van Wyk pulled nine rebounds and dished out five assists. Tyler Van Zante had four assists.

North Mahaska got 12 points and eight rebounds from Brant Fleener.

Lynnville-Sully moved to 2-0 in South Iowa Cedar League action and overall. The Hawks play a non-conference game at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Saturday then step back in SICL play Tuesday at HLV.

PCM girls 68, Saydel girls 15

MONROE — The Class 3A No. 13 Mustangs stayed unbeaten after another easy win on Friday night. 

The Mustangs scored the game's first 19 points, led 41-9 at halftime and blew the doors off Saydel at home. 

Senior Kayla Jennings led three Mustangs in double-figures with 16 points, while also collecting six steals and dishing out three assists. Senior Kaylee Townsend added 14 points, senior Lexi Timmins chipped in a career-high 10 points and senior Katie Vande Wall pulled down 10 rebounds as the Mustangs improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. 

Jennings scored 13 of her 16 points in the first quarter as PCM led 26-5 after the first eight minutes. 

Timmins began the second quarter with a 3-pointer and a layup. Townsend added six points in the period. The Mustangs led 41-9 at halftime. 

PCM outscored the Eagles (0-2, 0-2) 12-0 in the third quarter. A Jennings free throw midway through the quarter kicked on the 35-point continuous clock. 

The bench got plenty of work in the final frame. Sophomore Camryn Wignall began the fourth with a triple and a layup. Timmins scored five more points in the period, while sophomore Avery Stock and senior Bailey Brodersen each made a basket. 

The Mustangs drained six 3-pointers. Freshman Regan Freland hit two of those and finished with nine points. Timmins also hit two 3-pointers.

Senior Rachel Stafford scored five points, dished out seven assists, grabbed four boards and had three steals. The Mustangs collected 20 steals in the win.

Freland chipped in six assists and four steals, Timmins dished out three assists and Wignall added three steals. 

PCM boys 73, Saydel boys 34

MONROE — Juniors Jackson Thomas and Elijah Sperfslage scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, and the Mustangs improved to 2-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference with an easy home win over Saydel. 

PCM led 19-6 after one quarter and had more points at halftime (39) than Saydel had in the game. 

The Mustangs buried 10 3-pointers in the game. Freshman Jason Stafford hit three of those, while Thomas and Sperfslage each buried a pair. 

PCM (2-0 overall, 2-0 in the HOIC) used 11 players in the first half as the lead grew to as many as 27. Stafford started the second quarter with a pair of triples, and then the Mustangs ended the half on a 12-0 run. That spurt included back-to-back buckets by sophomore Nick Dredge, five straight points from Thomas and a trey from sophomore Reed Worth.  

Freshman Derek Brown scored all eight of his points in the second half. Stafford scored nine, and sophomore Andrew Van Ryswyk scored five points and grabbed 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the third quarter. 

A layup by Thomas to begin the fourth quarter put the Mustangs up 60-24, triggering the 35-point continuous clock. Junior Dayton Boell scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter. Senior Mark Bruxvoort, who battled first-half foul trouble, also scored six points. 

Thomas pulled down five boards, dished out six assists and had three steals. Sperfslage and Worth both had four assists, Worth finished with three steals and Sperfslage and Bruxvoort each grabbed three rebounds. 

Colfax-Mingo girls 54, HLV girls 45

COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to get its first win of the season at home Friday. 

HLV led 27-14 at halftime and stayed in front until midway through the fourth quarter before Colfax-Mingo finished with a big flurry to give first-year coach Larry Roberts his first win at the school. 

Junior McKeely Tjaden finished with a career-high 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while sophomore Mackensie Brown added a career-high 15 points and five steals. 

Senior Dakota Hostetter grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out. Senior Amy Russell and sophomore Payton Rhone also fouled out for the Tigerhawks. 

The 18-8 advantage in the third quarter pulled Colfax-Mingo within 35-32 after three quarters. HLV (1-4, 1-4) still led 42-36 with 5:46 to go in the game. Colfax-Mingo (1-2, 1-1) outscored its guests 18-3 the rest of the way. 

Colfax-Mingo boys 63, HLV boys 21

COLFAX — Despite playing without two starters, the Colfax-Mingo boys basketball team collected its first win of the season Friday against HLV. 

The Tigerhawks, who were missing juniors Jarod Nichols and Misha Seebeck, led 41-14 at halftime. Colfax-Mingo held HLV to single-digit points in three of the four quarters. 

The victory for Colfax-Mingo was the first at the school for first-year coach Nick Noring. 

Junior Reegan Van Dyke tallied his first career varsity double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He made 7-of-11 from the floor. 

Junior Alex Lewis scored 16 points, junior Jonathan Jacobs added 13 points and five assists and sophomore Holister Koenig chipped in seven points, five assists and five steals. Garrett McGill tallied six points, seven rebounds and four assists. 

The Tigerhawks (1-1, 1-1) committed only eight turnovers and forced HLV (0-3, 0-3) into 21 miscues. 

Roland-Story girls 39, CMB girls 27

STORY CITY — A slow start plagued the CMB girls Friday night during Heart of Iowa Conference play. 

Roland-Story led 10-2 after one quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way. The Norse (2-1, 1-1) led by three at the break before outscoring the Raiders (2-2, 1-2) 22-13 in the second half. 

Junior Brianda Bane had nine points, nine rebounds and two steals to lead CMB, while senior Sydney Ziesman had eight points, three rebounds and two steals. 

Senior Kathleen Baldwin chipped in six points, three rebounds and two assists before fouling out, while senior Emily Coughenour dished out three assists. 

CMB hit only 9-of-27 from the floor and made 7-of-13 from the foul line. 

Roland-Story boys 61, CMB boys 51

STORY CITY — Junior Travis Lindemoen scored a career-high 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists, but Roland-Story hit 23-of-34 to win for the second time this season. 

CMB (0-2, 0-2) also got 16 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Will Clapper , while senior Hunter McWhirter grabbed 12 rebounds and delivered five assists in the loss. Sophomore Ian Thomson scored six points, grabbed four boards and handed out four assists. 

Roland-Story (2-1, 1-1) buried 10 3-pointers in the win, and put three in double-figures. CMB was 7-of-24 from long range and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. 

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