SPORTS SHORTS: Jesup hands No. 2 Rebels first loss
FAYETTE — The Jesup J-Hawks got revenge for last year’s first-round loss at the Class 1A state tournament, beating the second-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team 65-61 on Saturday at Upper Iowa University.
Ethan Wyant shot 12-for-17 from the field en route to a team-leading 27 points for Jesup (11-1), which won its eighth-straight. Hans Riensche added 12 points off the bench, Joey Youngblut got 11 points and six rebounds, and Tyler Lienau added eight points and eight assists for the J-Hawks.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Joe Smoldt scorched the nets for a career-high 42 points on 16-of-27 shooting with four 3-pointers, adding six rebounds and four assists in the Rebels’ first loss since last year’s state tournament.
Caden Kickbush chipped in with seven points and Tyler Pierce finished with six points and five boards for the Rebels, who host 2A No. 6 South Hamilton on Tuesday night.
Groth’s big day propels Wolverines
GARWIN — The BGM boys’ basketball team overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat GMG 56-44 in Saturday’s non-conference matchup.
The Bears (8-6) notched their sixth consecutive victory despite trailing 29-25 at the half. BGM outscored GMG 31-15 after halftime.
Garrett Groth scored a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead GMG (6-6), making four 3-pointers while adding six rebounds to the cause. Austin Cox had seven points and five boards, while Conner Stonewall contributed five points and Hunter Smoldt had four points, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
GMG hosts Don Bosco on Tuesday night in Iowa Star Conference play.
Tahahwah helps Warriors prevail
WATERLOO — Meskwaki senior Grace Tahahwah filled the stat sheet with 26 points, eight steals, six assists, five rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Warrior girls’ basketball team past winless Waterloo Christian 48-27 in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference clash.
Payton Tahahwah added six points, seven rebounds and five blocks, and Danielle Seymour contributed six points and a team-leading eight boards off the bench for Meskwaki (8-7, 8-6).
Ashley Nystrom had 10 points and seven rebounds for Waterloo Christian (0-13, 0-10). Sydney Nystrom had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Musgrave spurs STC past Benton girls
TAMA — South Tama sophomore Jessica Musgrave compiled career-highs of 33 points and 10 steals to lead the Trojan girls’ basketball team to a 73-59 triumph against Benton Community in Friday night’s WaMaC West Division contest.
Musgrave finished 14-for-19 from the field for STC (7-4, 5-1), which led from the outset and piled on with a 24-15 advantage in the fourth quarter. Kaitlin Berger added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans, who won their sixth in a row.
Lean VanWeelden scored a career-high 28 points for Benton Community (2-11, 2-5), and Jaicee Lyons added 16 points for the Bobcats.
The Trojans host Class 3A No. 5 Center Point-Urbana on Tuesday night in hopes of avenging a 30-point loss to the Stormin’ Pointers from their first meeting earlier this season.