January 17, 2021

Hawks score pair of hoops wins over Iowa Valley

Preston Rodibaugh scores big in L-S boys’ victory

MARENGO — Lynnville-Sully’s boys basketball team trailed Iowa Valley by 11 points at halftime on Tuesday night.

But an incredible second half, and a career night from Preston Rodibaugh, led the Hawks all the way back and L-S claimed a 64-53 road win over the Tigers during South Iowa Cedar League action.

“The boys showed a lot of heart and toughness to come back from down 11 at halftime,” L-S boys’ coach Nick Harthoorn said. “We were able to make a few adjustments that paid off with good execution.”

Iowa Valley (7-5 overall, 5-5 in conference play) led by one at halftime and outscored the Hawks 23-13 in the second.

But L-S jumped in front with a 16-2 third quarter and then pulled away with a 23-15 surplus in the fourth.

Rodibaugh finished with a career-high 33 points. He was 5-of-9 from 3-point range and grabbed five rebounds.

Klayton Van Dyke had 10 points and six rebounds and Conner Maston added 10 points and five boards for the Hawks (6-4, 6-2).

Corder Noun Harder chipped in five points, six rebounds and nine assists, Ryan Annee had four points and five boards and Mason Rodibaugh grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Hawks, who have won three straight, shot 46 percent from the floor and made seven 3s. They also out-rebounded Iowa Valley 41-29.

“We were able to create an advantage on the boards, which was big in a tight ballgame like this one,” Harthoorn said.

Peyton Loffer had 22 points and Brody Ward added 15 points and eight rebounds for Iowa Valley, which has lost three straight games.

GIRLS

Lynnville-Sully 47, Iowa Valley 31

Balanced scoring and a great shooting night propelled the L-S girls’ basketball team to a 47-31 win over Iowa Valley in SICL play on Tuesday night.

The Hawks trailed by one after one quarter but outscored the Tigers 15-4 in the second and 25-19 in the second half. It was their fourth straight victory.

“I thought our defensive pressure was a big difference tonight,” L-S girls’ coach Jerry Hulsing said. “In the first half, we rotated on defense about as well as we have all season. It was good to see the girls respond to an Iowa Valley with a run of our own.”

Cally Gibbs scored 12 points, Korinne Jansen had 11 points and four rebounds and Meleisha Vos also scored 11 points as the Hawks shot 52 percent from the floor.

Caitlin Alberts had seven points, three rebounds and three steals, Reagan McFarland chipped in six points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals and Megan Van Zante pulled down five rebounds and swiped four steals.

L-S forced Iowa Valley (7-5, 5-4) into 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. The Hawks (11-2, 7-2) turned the ball over 18 times in the win.